Innovation, from innovative solutions to plastic recycling: Eni at the Maker Faire

An opportunity for the Italian energy group to talk about its idea of ​​energy in an exhibition space where a path of experiential installations is created

Technological innovation is one of the levers of Eni’s transformation path. And the ‘Maker Faire Rome’, of which the group is the main partner for the tenth consecutive year and which takes place until 22 October in the spaces of the Rome Fair, represents the opportunity for the Italian energy group to explain its idea of energy in an exhibition space where a path of experiential installations is created. Visitors, experiencing firsthand, will be able to understand innovative solutions, services and products – from wind power to magnetic confinement fusion, passing through biofuels, car sharing and plastic recycling. At the center of Eni’s exhibition space there is an interactive installation with which you have the sensation of walking in the sky, among the clouds, inviting visitors to ‘look at things with new eyes, thus changing their perspectives’.

At the Maker Faire Eni talks about its idea of ​​energy and a decarbonisation path towards carbon neutrality by 2050 made up of concrete and complementary solutions – ‘To Zero Together’. A path made understandable and concrete thanks to current and future products, services and technologies, which all Eni companies and businesses put at the service of people. The Eni space will be the synthesis of a strategy that looks to the future without forgetting to act today: “the usual energy and the new energy”.

The exhibition areas of the Eni stand are all experiential and highlight the functioning of the technology and the result obtained by applying it to energy. Inside the exhibition area, Plenitude illustrates, with a simulation, how much energy wind power can generate, a precious renewable energy; Enilive (Eni Sustainable Mobility) will talk about a new mobility made possible also by the HVO biofuel (hydrogenated vegetable oil) thanks to a circular economy model, and will bring a special vintage Enjoy on board which it will be possible to participate in a quiz to improve awareness on theme of electric and sustainable mobility; Versalis, Eni’s chemical company involved in the development of innovative technologies, involves the public by illustrating the mechanical and chemical recycling of plastics and the differences between the two technologies; magnetic confinement fusion, on the other hand, will be described through a model of the Tokamak reactor, symbol of the process that will allow large quantities of energy to be produced in a safer, cleaner and virtually unlimited way. Finally, in the space dedicated to Research and Development it will be possible to virtually visit some of Eni’s laboratories and centers of excellence in the meta-verse.

Technology, therefore, within the reach of experience and, above all, immersed in everyday life. Lea Carbone, circular economy specialist at Versalis, explains it well to Adnkronos: “We are present at the Eni stand to demonstrate the importance of small daily gestures. In fact, thanks for example to the separate collection of plastics done at home, it is possible to send the mechanically recycled plastics and in this way obtain new polymers with recycled content”.

In Versalis, Carbone notes, “we are able to obtain polymers containing up to 100% recycled plastic and these polymers can be used for high value applications. For example, by recycling a simple yogurt container it is possible to obtain granules with of recycled materials that can go to make the thermal insulation of our homes, saving at the same time the use of virgin raw materials, giving value to waste, reducing emissions into the environment and therefore decarbonising and also saving on home heating”.

Plastics, observes Carbone, “are very important, they are in our everyday lives in the most disparate applications. They can be recycled, Europe but also Industry is strongly committed in this direction and various technologies currently exist, some like mechanical recycling, these are technologies that are already known and widely spread in the area and allow selected plastics to be recycled.” Other technologies, he adds, “are evolving. One of these is chemical recycling which allows us to treat that fraction of plastic waste which is not suitable for mechanical recycling because it is excessively contaminated or because it is made up of mixed plastics and to bring it back to the elementary bricks in this This way we obtain a recycled oil that can be used to produce plastics and various chemical substances that can be used in different applications”, concludes Carbone.