“With this project, we aim to make Catania a centre for research and experimentation in renewable energy technologies, leveraging the lab that Enel has recently launched and the support programme we will offer to the companies that work with us. With this call, we will work alongside the most promising national and international SMEs and start-ups in the search for innovative solutions in the field of renewable energy, an area in which Enel is a globally recognised leader”
The SMEs and start-ups selected will be able to grow within the laboratory of the Enel Innovation Hub in Catania, with the support of highly specialised technicians and using laboratories specially designed to test innovative technologies in the renewable generation field, such as solar thermal and photovoltaic systems, microgrids, storage and wind power, with indoor and outdoor testing equipment. In addition, companies will have access to Enel's network to identify strategic partnerships in order to further develop their businesses. Start-ups on the other hand will have access to an Enel acceleration programme, with training sessions with industry experts and support services for international expansion, growth and business plan development.
This initiative is part of the broader investment programme of more than 100 million euros that Enel has launched in its Sicilian technology hub. The project envisages the investment of more than 80 million euros in the 3Sun photovoltaic manufacturing plant and 20 million euros in the Innovation Lab. Thanks to the new investment, the Innovation Lab will become a technology campus and a youth entrepreneur accelerator designed to stimulate research and innovation in the energy sector. It will host start-ups, national and international research centres and will have links with Enel's Innovation Hub network around the world, becoming a meeting place for excellence in innovative technologies.
Enel is already actively working with Italy’s National Research Centre, which has created a laboratory at the Innovation Lab dedicated to the development of the new bifacial heterojunction module that will be produced at the 3Sun plant, and with the University of Catania for the realisation of innovative projects in the renewable energy field.