ENEA is the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.

ENEA is a public body concerned with research, technology innovation and advanced services in the fields of energy, the environment and sustainable economic development.

The Agency’s main research issues are: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Sources, Nuclear Energy, Climate and the Environment, Safety and Health, New Technologies and Electric System Research.

ENEA performs research activities and provides agency services in support to public administrations, public and private enterprises, and citizens. The actual staff is about 3000 people, with about 40% scientists, distributed along in nine ENEA Research Centres and five Research Laboratories – located all over Italy. ENEA also operates also an ENEA-EU Liaison Office in Brussels with the purpose of promoting and strengthening the image and participation of ENEA within the EU framework.

With respect to the radiological activity, ENEA is the reference Institution for radiation protection, not only related to nuclear sector but in all sectors of interest such as radiotherapy, medical radiodiagnostics, radiation protection in the environment, hospitals and scientific research. ENEA acts as national focal point in the shipment of radioactivity materials being member of IAEA.

Since its very foundation, ENEA performs R&D on nuclear fission where R&D is carried out by using experimental facilities for testing and qualification of materials, components and systems, and nuclear research reactors for physical tests and nuclear medicine applications. 

Activities in EDEN:

ENEA will take actively part to 4 out of 9 Worpackages in EDEN. In WP20 ENEA will give its contribution in the identification of gaps and scenarios définition. In WP30 ENEA will give a major contribution in terms of New Tools and Existing Tools for successive integration in the EDEN Store. The New Tools to be developed in EDEN include a laser profiler for operation in nuclear environment, a neutronic sensor for simultaneous detection of explosive and fissile materials, an integrated laser sensor for remote detection of explosives at trace level, a code for the simulation of the unpredictable behavior of the crowd and software to simulate the dispersion in air of radiological release.

In WP60 ENEA will host two thematic DEMOS to test on site the reliability and funcionality of some of the new tools developed. In addition ENEA takes part to the large scale radiological DEMO with its TRIGA nuclear reactor facility. Finally ENEA will lead the task 9.2 devoted to the interface with journalists and media. In this task ENEA will be committed to maintain communication with media providing them with current information about projects status and expected outcome, while assuring secrecy of sensitive information.