Eni and Synhelion to develop new technology in methanol production using renewable energy

Eni and Synhelion to develop new technology in methanol production using renewable energy

(PRESS RELEASE) MILAN, 14-Jun-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — Eni and Synhelion partner on the development of a new technology for methanol production from carbon dioxide (CO2), water and methane. The process requires high temperatures achieved by harnessing solar energy.

The new technology using renewable energy in the production of methanol will help Eni achieve twin targets of greenhouse gases reduction and carbon dioxide usage as raw material. The process transforms CO2 from industrial waste material to a key element in the fuel production cycle. The about to be developed project will cut over 50% of emissions released in conventional methanol production, preliminary data show.

Eni, a leader in the innovation sector, is strongly committed to improve and upgrade the global energy needs of the future. Through partnerships with universities, world-class research centres and affiliated companies, Eni is able to attain this. Synhelion is a spin-off of Zurich Polytechnic University (ETHZ).

Eni signed a climate agreement in 2015 during the COP21 meeting in Paris. This partnership is part of it’s strategy to decarbonise its productive cycle by lowering the emission of greenhouse gases.

Research and development (R&D) is vital in Eni’s transformation into an integrated energy company for a low-carbon future. At Eni, R&D works toward the creation of value through the study and implementation of new technologies. Up to the present, it holds 7,300 patents and launched over 350 projects.

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