Eni accelerating study of marine energy sources
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 14
By Leman Zeynalova - Trend:
Politecnico di Torino University of Italy and Eni have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen scientific collaboration and undertake a joint academic initiative to study energy from marine resources, Trend reports with reference to Eni.
“This agreement will ensure that the collaboration between both parties further widens to include joint activities in the study of marine energy sources, and extending to wave motion as well as offshore wind power, ocean currents and tides, and saline gradients,” said the company.
Reportedly, this agreement will involve the launch of the "MarEnergy Lab" research laboratory, which will investigate specific issues, enhance related understanding, and also contribute to the rapid deployment of industrial technologies that use marine energy resources. Furthermore, a teaching position on "Energy from the Sea" will be created to train engineers who will specialize in the use of the new technologies developed in the laboratory itself.
Drawing on company experience in the field of offshore activities and marine installations, Eni has developed the first integrated power generation plant in the world using wave and photovoltaic energy: the Intertial Sea Wave Energy Converter (ISWEC). This project has been undertaken in collaboration with The Politecnico di Torino and Wave for Energy, a subsidiary of the Politecnico. The ISWEC has been operating since March 2019 in the Ravenna offshore and has proven highly reliable and able to adapt to different sea conditions, thanks to its active control and regulation system. During the operating period, the maximum nominal power value of 50 kW was exceeded.
Eni is an Italian company with a worldwide presence. It is one of the global oil and gas super-players – operating in 71 countries worldwide and employing around 33,000 people.
The Politecnico di Torino is a leading global player in the study and development of technologies for the use of marine renewable sources, particularly wave motion.
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