research and development
Edison views research, development and technological innovation
activities as essential tools to win the global challenges.
The world in which we operate today and the climate-change challenges that we are facing are leading companies in the energy sector to focus their attention on environmental protection and technological progress, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and expanding the use of renewable sources.
Against this background, sustainable development represents a competitive opportunity in which companies can bring to bear their competencies in terms of innovation. Sustainability is the common thread that runs through all of Edison’s research and development activities: from renewable sources to increasing energy efficiency (both at the production and end-user levels), from the development of technologies with a low environmental impact to the study of advanced materials, carried out with processes that are relevant across the entire spectrum of energy issues.
Work in these areas includes different types of research projects, such as technology monitoring, assessment of new technologies, implementation of customized solutions and development of proprietary technologies.
The technologies currently being studied include: fuel cells for stationary applications, heat pumps, advanced photovoltaic systems (concentration and solar thermodynamic systems), micro-cogeneration systems, CO2 capture systems and many more.
Research activities are carried out at the Trofarello (TO) Research Center, in Italy. Projects handled by the Center include studies of photovoltaic technologies, testing of sophisticated equipment and development of Edison’s proprietary technologies for the production of superconducting components.
Over the years, Edison’s Research and Development Department established a network of collaborative relationships with major public and private-sector organizations engaged in energy-related research. These organizations include the Milan Polytechnic, the Turin Polytechnic, the Environment Park (Scientific and Technology Park for the Environment – Turin), CNR-IENI in Lecco, the INGV (National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology), INOA (National Institution of Applied Optics), CRPO (Plast-Optics Research Center), ENEA (National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Development) and, at the international level, EDF’s R&D Department, EIfER (European Institute for Energy Research – Karlsruhe), Ecleer (European Energy Efficiency Research Center, which involves the Federal Polytechnic in Lausanne and the Ecole des Mines in Paris).
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