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Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)

General Description

ENEA is the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, a public body aimed at research, technological innovation and the provision of advanced services to enterprises, public administration and citizens in the sectors of energy, the environment and sustainable economic development (article 4, Law no. 22 of 28 December 2015). Since its foundation in the 1960s, its strengths have been applied research, technology transfer and technical-scientific support to companies, associations, territories, central and local administrations: for this reason – unlike other research institutions – the Agency depends on the Ministry of Economic Development. ENEA supports the productive system as well as public authorities (Ministry of environment and Ministry of economic development in particular) in the transition towards the circular economy and the resource efficiency. ENEA reinforces its efforts by collaborating with numerous national and international research bodies and institutions like Texas Tech University, Stanford Research Institute, New Delhi University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, ICTP, TWAS, and participates in technological platforms and networks like EERA (European Energy Research Alliance), ECRA (European Climate Research Alliance), MEDENER, and Enterprise Europe Network, the largest network of services supporting competitiveness and innovation for SMEs.

Role in the project

ENEA is focused on research and development of emerging energy technologies (coordinator of the Energy National Technology Cluster), nuclear fusion and nuclear safety (coordinator of the Reference National Research), energy efficiency (National Agency for Energy Efficiency), technologies for cultural heritage and environmental impact assessment and mitigation. ENEA is involved in projects aimed to investigate barriers and solutions oriented to solve social impacts and challenges imposed by the energy transition.