Renewable Italy: a large-scale project.
Renewable Italy: a large-scale project.
Progetto Italia calls for developing renewable energy plants in Italy in close proximity to existing Eni industrial assets. These new plants will power nearby facilities or transmit electricity into the grid. A total of 25 projects have been identified to date, three of which are already completed and operational, representing a combined installed capacity of around 220 MW by 2021. The Project aims to requalify Eni industrial sites that have been reclaimed by Syndial, Eni's environmental services company, or are underutilised with the objective of revitalising disused sites that would otherwise be difficult to reuse and creating new business and job opportunities both during the construction stages and once the plant is operational. In 2018, the photovoltaic plant in Ferrera Erbognone, in the province of Pavia, was the first plant to become operational as part of the initiative.
Construction began on a photovoltaic plant with a peak installed capacity of 31 MW at the Porto Torres industrial site in the province of Sassari through Eni New Energy S.p.A., an Eni subsidiary company. Around 70% of the energy produced here every year, amounting to some 51 GWh, will be used by companies operating at the industrial site, resulting in a savings of around 26,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The Assemini solar power plant is also a permanent laboratory for technological development in the environment and energy sector. With the collaboration of Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE), Progetto Italia is moving forward in the Assemini industrial area located in the province of Cagliari, where Eni has launched an industrial requalification and reclamation project through Syndial.
With a maximum capacity of 26 MWp and an expected output of around 42 GWh per year, the energy generated by the solar panels installed here will power the processing of salt produced by the company, Ing. Luigi Conti Vecchi, accounting for around 70% of its total energy consumption. This enables us, together with GSE, to collaborate in promoting a circular economy for sustainable development through the reduction of CO2 emissions and the reuse of land. GSE has received no direct incentive for its contribution to the project, which included providing its expertise in the renewables and energy efficiency sectors. This contribution enabled completing the analyses of the environmental and socio-economic benefits of Progetto Italia that Eni is implementing.
Eni identified the Assemini hub as an area suited to the development of renewable energy technologies that would add value to the current context. The goal was to create a permanent laboratory for technological development in the environmental and energy field and to build technologically advanced systems, such as CSP (Concentrated Solar Power), in conjunction with Politecnico di Milano and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
The first Energy Solutions photovoltaic plant became operational in early 2018 in Ferrera Erbognone, in the province of Pavia. This plant now provides green energy for the Green Data Center - Eni’s supercomputer.
A photovoltaic system was installed to power Eni’s Green Data Center as a way of using the Group's industrial land with the aim of producing renewable energy for use at Eni’s own industrial sites. This was the first plant to become operational as a part of Progetto Italia. With its capacity of 1 MW, it generates enough power to meet the needs of over 500 families. The energy produced by the 2,968 photovoltaic modules, spread across 106 strings, is consumed exclusively on site and is meant to partially compensate for the HPC4 electricity consumption.
Work on the Volpiano plant, at R&M’s Volpiano fuel depot, has also recently got under way, along with administrative steps regarding the creation of two photovoltaic plants at the Porto Marghera production site as part of a land requalification process initiated over the course of 2018.