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Progetto Italia

We plan to develop renewable energy plants in Italy near our sites in order to supply them or put energy on the grid.

Environmental improvement and green energy from photovoltaics

Progetto Italia aims to improve a range of industrial areas in Italy that cannot be used to other ends and create new synergies in the renewables sector. Many of areas have been reclaimed by Eni Rewind, our environmental company. So far we have set out a total of 25 projects, three of them already begun and operating, for a total installed capacity of around 74 MW in 2019. This figure met the target of 30% set in the 2019–2022 strategy, was 49% greater than that for the previous year, and was due to the completion of Porto Torres and Volpiano. In 2018 we launched construction of 1 MW photovoltaic plants at the Green Data Centre in Ferrera Erbognone (near Pavia) and at Gela Isola 10, in the area formerly home to a production site for ethylene oxide and derivatives. In the same year, we also built a photovoltaic plant of 26 MW at Assemini (outside Cagliari) and in February 2020 we also opened the new photovoltaic plant in Porto Torres, near Sassari, which has a capacity of 31 MW. Currently, this is the biggest plant built as part of the project, launched in 2016, and the second plant developed in Sardinia.


The first plant opened within the remit of Progetto Italia was in Ferrera Erbognone. Its energy is produced by 2,968 photovoltaic modules on 106 cables and entirely consumed on site by our supercomputer HPC4. Around 70% of the energy produced in Porto Torres every year, amounting to some 50 GWh, will be used by companies operating at the industrial site, resulting in a savings of around 26,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. At Assemini production is expected to be around 42 GWh a year, and the energy generated by the installed solar panels will power about 70% of the total consumption for processing the salt produced by the company Ing. Conti Vecchi. Finally, we recently opened the site for an R&M plant at Volpiano (outside Turin) and began building two photovoltaic plants in the production area at Porto Marghera in order to reclaim the land there.

Safety first

We believe that workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. For that reason, we implement all necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risk, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety. 

Technologies

At Gela we built an innovative plant with concentrated solar power (CSP). The facility uses CSP technology and is covered in mirrors that concentrate solar energy onto a tube, through which a liquid mix of molten salts flows. We use this energy for thermal applications or to produce electricity. One of the biggest advantages of CSP is that it makes thermal energy available when solar is not, as the liquid remains warm for many hours, even at night and on cloudy days. The plant at Ferrera Bergognone, on the other hand, was built in about two months and relies on a mono-axial solar system that can improve performance at the Green Data Centre plant by almost 20%. 

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Photovoltaic plant at Assemini in Sardinia

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The photovoltaic plant that makes the Green Data Centre more efficient

Impact on the environment and community

The photovoltaic plant installed at Assemini helps drive forward our projects of building a circular economy, reducing CO2, and occupying, reclaiming and using land. The project over at Porto Torres, besides reclaiming the site, helps reach the goals in our regional energy plan in terms of decarbonization and adding renewable energies to the energy mix.

Partnerships

To create photovoltaic technologies we work with Milan Polytechnic and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.