The main research activities in the photovoltaic field are focused on the solar laboratory in Catania, which during 2011 obtained CEI EN 61215 and 61646 accreditation for verification of the performance of photovoltaic modules in silicon and thin film. The laboratory has completed a review of all the main photovoltaic technologies present on the market, both in the laboratory and in the field, and has validated models that can forecast their performance in differing operating conditions.
TOB – Triangle-based Omni-purpose Building
The design and planning has been completed of a system that can provide electricity generated from renewable sources to populations that live in remote areas that are not connected to the electricity grid. The structure, the design of which is an Enel international patent, integrates photovoltaic modules and accumulation systems.
In 2011 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Rome City Council, Enel SpA and La Sapienza University of Rome for the installation of a new Diamante model in Rome, near the Valle Giulia site of the Architecture Faculty of La Sapienza University.