Italian National agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development
ENEA in short
ENEA is the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. It is the second major Italian research organization, with around 2700 staff employees distributed in its 9 research centers. The Agency’s activities are focused on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Sources, Nuclear Energy, Climate and the Environment, Safety and Health. ENEA Lab activities are devoted to basic and industrial research exploiting wide-ranging expertise as well as experimental facilities, specialized laboratories, advanced equipment. It develops new technologies and advanced applications; provides public and private bodies with high-tech services, studies, measurements; delivers training and information activities aimed at providing greater awareness on the Agency’s fields of competence, and a higher level of dissemination and transfer of research results, thus promoting their exploitation for production purposes. It is also respectively the coordinator of the National Technology Clusters, energy efficiency by its special agency,
ENEA reinforces its efforts by collaborating with numerous national and international research bodies and institutions 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.The ordinary state funding (~144M€) currently covers half of the Agency's costs and other financial contributions come from different sources of income grown over time.
ENEA will participate to VIPERLAB project by TERIN-Energy Technologies department and Renewable Resources Department and its TERIN-FSD Photovoltaic Technology and Smart Devices Division, involved with its 3 laboratories focused on the development, realization and characterization of PV material, thin film Silicon technologies, Silicon heterojunction, Perovskite devices, PV systems and Smart device laboratory, PV solar cells and module performance and reliability and its TERIN-ICT (Development of Systems for Information Technology and ICT) Division - HPC (High Performance Computing) Laboratory, that provides by ENEAGRID an uniform access to the high performance computing CRESCO clusters.
ENEA is also involving in WP5 the unit REL-PROM Communication and Promotion Unit (leaded by Arch Paola Giaquinto). This is the operational team that takes care of the Communication and Dissemination in one of the most important European research organizations with specific expertise on Energy, Sustainable Development, and Innovation.
Main role and tasks in the project
ENEA offers two infrastructures (Psk-Si Tadem and CRESCO).
It is deeply involved in the project as WP5-NA2 Communication, dissemination, exchange and training leader and CDM-Communication and dissemination manager to the development of a strategy for an improved visibility of the project and for the infrastructure network, provide feedback to external stakeholders on challenges, drivers and perspectives., dissemination of project´s outputs, generate Communication and dissemination plan. It coordinates the scientific outreach gained by the project through open access to media , Internet, papers and international workshops and conferences, As task leader for Task NA2.1: Setting up communication tools for general public awareness. And subtask Subtask NA2.5.1 VIPERLAB Knowledge Exchange Platform it creates tools to information exchange and incentives to foster knowledge exchange, by also developing the Project web site, the VIPERLAB KEP platform knowledge exchange Platform and the webinars platforms. It will benchmark results in dissemination and communication and will propose countermeasures to improve impact of the project in Communication and dissemination, ENEA will tightly collaborate with all others NAs-Networking Activities by participating and contributing to all the tasks.
ENEA also contributes to all the task of WP3 – VA1 Virtual access to database infrastructures and simulation and data analysis tools by leading Task VA1.2-Research Infrastructures for Virtual Access. To enable and train users of the VAs in order to foster efficient and scientifically relevant use of these infrastructures.
ENEA collaborates with WP8 to Improve process equipment and process control for single and tandem junction perovskite PV and will participate to WP9- Task JRA3. To promote a common approach to measurement protocols
Key Persons involved in VIPERLAB project
Physicist, in ENEA since 1984. Head of the unit involved in Innovative PV Materials (1997-2001) during last years he has been project and WP leader of several national/international project on PV (FOTOENERGIA, 7FP-SOPHIA, 7FP-ECOSOLE, 7FP-NGCPV, 7FP-COSTRUCT_PV, 7FP-BFIRST, 7FP-HETSI, 5FP-MOPHET, 5FP-ASINET, 5FP-PVECNET) concerning growth and characterization of thin film semiconductors, amorphous/crystalline silicon Heterojunctions, PV concentrator technology and advanced PV cells. Development of smart PV modules with improved functionality, promotion of R&D activity on Solar Energy and their Environmental Impact, assessment in Europe and Mediterranean Area, promotion of personnel Exchange and training of researchers Project. Lecturer in Innovative PV Devices @ master’s in engineering of Photovoltaic at University of Tor Vergata. He has organized/co-organized national/international workshops. He is author/co-author and reviewer of scientific papers/chapters of books. Member of the Scientific Committee of EUPVSEC since 2006. He has organized/co-organized several national/international workshops. Steering Committee Member in the joint Italian-Israeli lab in Solar Energy. ENEA Representative in EERA-PV, Member of the expert Pool of European PV Technology Platform. Innovation officer of EEN-Enterprise Europe Network appointed member for Intelligent Energy and ICT Sector Group
Role in the project
VIPERLAB WP5-NA2 Communication, dissemination, exchange and training Leader, CDM-Communication and Dissemination Manager and main contact person for ENEA
Senior researcher in ENEA since 1997. Her main professional interest is in the development of silicon-based, perovskite, and perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells. She leads the research team involved in the development of materials and technological processes for the realization of photovoltaic devices, sensors and innovative energy components. She is the coordinator of the national project “Fotovoltaico ad alta efficienza” funded by Ecological Transition Ministry that involves several universities with 11 different departments. She is author/co-author and reviewer of scientific papers/chapters of books. Associate Editor of Solar Energy – Elsevier and Member of the Scientific Committee of EUPVSEC since 2009.
Role in the project
Contact person for the ENEA Psk-Si Tadem infrastructure
Massimo Celino, staff scientist at ENEA, studied Physics at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” discussing a thesis on the numerical modelling of charge flows at the depinning transition. He got a PhD in condensed matter physics at the University of Strasbourg “L. Pasteur” (France) discussing a thesis on the numerical characterization of amorphous and liquid atomic structure of silicon diselenide materials. His main scientific interests are in the field of molecular modeling of amorphous and liquid materials, High Performance Computing and open data. He is author of about 80 scientific papers on international journals and delivered talks and communications to numerous national and international conferences.
Role in the project
Task leader for TVA1.2 Research Infrastructures for Virtual Access
Simone Giusepponi, staff researcher at ENEA, studied Physics at the University of Perugia discussing a thesis on a numerical model for the “Dynamical analysis of vibrating granular systems” in 2002. He got a PhD in physics at the University of Camerino in 2006 discussing a thesis on a numerical model for the “Diffusion mechanisms in the granular phase”. His research interest is in computational physics, and he has relevant research experiences in the application areas of material science via both quantum and classical molecular dynamics tools on high performance computing platforms.
Role in the project
Contact person for the ENEAGRID-CRESCO Infrastructure