ENEA is the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. Established on 1952 as the National Centre for Nuclear Research (CNRN), it is the second major Italian research organization, with around 2500 staff employees distributed in its 9 research centres. The Agency depends on the Ministry of Ecological Transition and, since its foundation, its strengths lie in applied research, technology transfer and technical-scientific support to companies, associations, territories, central and local administrations.
ENEA’s mission is to develop new technological solutions to meet the societal challenges, fostering the transition to a low carbon economy. Its focus sectors are low carbon energy technologies, nuclear fusion and nuclear safety, energy efficiency, technologies for cultural heritage, seismic protection, food safety, pollution, life sciences, strategic raw materials, climate change. The ENEA’s Lab of Engineering of Processes and Systems for Energy Decarbonization has a long duration engagement on experimental facilities and modelling activities related with energy conversion processes and, since 2013, began the research activity on supercritical CO2 power cycles.