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We continually update our engineering and development assets and skill sets to adapt them to the renewable energy sector, tapping into the world’s fastest growing energy sector and confirming our commitment to sustainability and minimizing environmental impacts.

Worldwide renewable energy production is expected to grow by about 2.3% each year through 2040, and we are eager to have an important and growing role in that growth trend. For land-based renewable energy production we are focused on the technologies that most naturally adhere to our core activities: the development of solar arrays, integrated bio-refineries, geo-thermal energy, and waste-to-energy projects. When it comes to off-shore energy projects, we are earning a reputation as a leader in innovation: in the North Sea we developed the world’s first floating wind farm, while we are working on a project that would develop the first floating solar park, off the Norwegian coast.


Energy and chemical byproducts from biomass

Here at Saipem, we prioritize the construction of plants that produce environmentally-friendly fuels. When it comes to potential and feasibility, biorefineries are among the most attractive of the low-impact energy options.

In 2018, for example, we signed an exclusive memorandum of understanding with California Ethanol & Power, an innovator in the sector. Once completed, the plant will produce ethanol, electricity, bio-methane, and other products, all made from sugarcane grown on site. The plant, which will be developed in partnership with General Electric, will be part of a wider plan to turn Imperial County in southern California into a hub for energies from renewable sources.

Our experience in areas tied to traditional energy sources helps us work quickly and effectively in the start-to-finish development of biorefineries.



Harnessing the wind and the sun

We began our business focusing on traditional energy sources, eventually coming to renewables like wind and solar power.

We are at the forefront of off-shore wind farms, and not just those built in shallow depths with pilons built into the seabed and short distances for transporting the energy generated by turbines. Our engineering expertise has allowed us to develop wind energy projects in rough seas, far from shore. We play a role in every stage of the installation cycle: engineering, the procurement of materials, production of the structures, and installation and maintenance.

In the North Sea, with the rough, icy body of water we developed the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland. Our work on Hywind Scotland required developing innovative solutions needed for lifting and installing fully assembled turbo-wind generators on a floating structured anchored to the seabed. Each turbine produced 6 megawatts of energy. The project saw our flagship vessel, Saipem 7000, one of the world’s largest mobile crane platforms, taking centre stage.

When it comes to solar energy we are developing experimental thermodynamic solar concentration technologies, an innovative take on an ancient source of heat, that maximises the amount of power produced by a solar array. Through our Norwegian subsidiary, Moss Maritime, we are designing a new concept of a floating solar park.



A new take on old energy

From different standpoints, geothermal energy, that exploits the earth’s natural heat, is the first source of energy, not to mention among the cleanest and most sustainable.

Much of the same expertise that helped make us a leader in drilling projects the world over, allows us to achieve the same status as a developer of geothermal energy initiatives in South America.

We have proven track record of working hand-in-hand with partners to develop complicated projects. Also, with the support of XSIGHT, our subsidiary that combines experience and innovation, geothermal energy products represent another of our go-to-market.


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Minimizing waste requires strategy

We have been dealing with waste problems ever since we began operations. All our projects are characterized by the production of great amounts of waste, and to this end the company has never fallen short of its commitment to reduce its environmental impact, reducing the amount of waste produced, reusing when possible, and recycling when appropriate. The next step in waste management foresees the use of byproducts as energy, more specifically as fuel.

The focus of our waste minimization strategies is also hazardous materials, which we replace with non-hazardous alternatives whenever possible.

We ensure proper waste management by issuing suitable waste management procedures and plans both for companies and projects to provide effective guidance for management on all our activities, helping those working on site to become familiar with the principles of waste classification and waste minimization. The implementation of an effective segregation system reduces the amount of waste ending up in landfills, and it maximizes opportunity for recycling and reuse.

Among our objectives, there is also that of helping other companies to make similar processes their own.

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