Eni and the Politecnico di Milano have renewed their collaboration agreement for "frontier" research, which will be extended to 2018. Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Eni, and Giovanni Azzone, Rector of the Politecnico di Milano, today signed a memorandum of understanding on strategic study and research topics to be addressed together over the coming years.
The framework agreement for the collaboration reinforces the partnership launched in 2008. Based on economic, environmental and social criteria, it was meant to support frontier innovation in processes and technologies in the oil & gas industry.
With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, the partnership is now strengthened, and will address Eni's strategic priorities for innovation, which are as follows: the development and implementation of initiatives in the field of renewable energy, natural gas, access to energy; the capture and storage of CO2, and more broadly, the development of the best technologies to address the challenges of climate change.
Eni and Politecnico di Milano will also assess international graduate and post-graduate projects, particularly in Africa, identifying opportunities for development and upgrading of local expertise in the field of hydrocarbons and energy.
This long-term collaboration between the Politecnico and Eni is designed to address industrial needs while creating academic opportunities. Its contribution will enhance scientific research, benefitting the country and its industrial development.