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NIST Sector Utility
GICS Industrial Energy
Smart Tag(s)
Business type Federal Government
Year Founded 1952
Founder(s) Italian Government
City, State Rome
Country Italy
Region Served Country
Revenue €298 million$ 338.636 <br />£ 250.591 <br />CA$ 430.068 <br />CNY 2,143.568 <br />KRW 414.982 <br />
Number of employees 2555
Sponsorship Level Of Interest

The Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA) (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development) is an Italian Government-sponsored research and development agency. The agency undertakes research in areas which will help to develop and enhance Italian competitiveness and employment, while protecting the environment.


Genoa.jpg Open platform for scalable and multi-domain IoT applications for smart cities
  • To adopt FIWARE as a flexible framework to build multi domain Internet of Things applications.
  • To prove the easy replicability of a FIWARE based IoT application on preventing environmental disasters deployed in Genoa, in another IoT application on smart smart parking needed in Milan.
  • To prove the interoperability between an open platform deployed in Turin for implementing a waste management application and FIWARE.
References-university-genoa-header.jpg ROSE - Real Time Operational Smart Grid for Europe
The ROSE project is
  • based on the integration and development of advanced ICT tools that can provide the coordinated work of customers, aggregator and Distribution System Operators (DSO).
  • the support for DSOs and customers to plan and adapt the energy consumptions to the best situation, usually looking for cheaper costs.
CIMA Research Foundation.jpeg Real Time Resilience
  • Improve the process of collecting environmental data from sensors coupled with existing geo-referential data about critical infrastructures and exposed people.
  • Improve analysis, management and use of relevant data and practical information (Priority 1-a - Sendai Framework for DRR - UNISDR).
  • Develop and test new tools to improve citizens safety and security based on early warning systems, and high resolution nowcasting and short-term reactions to emergencies.
  • Improve the knowledge of the territory and of the resilience capability of critical infrastructures .


Initially (1982), ENEA was an acronym that stood for Energia Nucleare ed Energie Alternative ("Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy"), according to its mission statement.

After a referendum against the production of atomic energy in Italy (following the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in 1986) passed in 1987, in 1991 ENEA's mission statement was changed and, consequently, its complete name, which became Ente per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e l’ambiente ("Agency for new technologies, energy and environment").

In January 1999 a new charter readdressed the goals for the agency as follows:

  • To undertake initiatives aimed at developing, enhancing and promoting research and innovation, in keeping with Italy's EU and international commitments in terms of energy efficiency, environmental protection and technological innovation.
  • To support the implementation of high-tech production processes, especially by promoting demand for research and technology oriented towards enhancing sustainable development.
  • To promote the transfer of technology and developments in the fields of energy efficiency and environmental protection to public administrations and businesses, in keeping with national and EU guidelines.
  • To provide, upon request, specialist technical and organisational support to administrations promoting public initiatives at the international, national, regional and local levels, in all the sectors falling within ENEA's purview.
  • In July 2009 the Italian parliament passed a law readdressing ENEA's mission statement, including to back atomic energy, and contextually changing its complete name to the current one.

After Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 a second referendum against atomic energy production was held, and passed again. As the role of ENEA became contradictory to the referendum outcome, it was restructured once again in July 2015 and its mission statement was readdressed in order to be more coherent with the Italian energy policy.

In the nuclear sector ENEA participates in the development of the ITER fusion reactor to produce clean energy