Posts from "October, 2014"

Floods: the need to adapt

(Prof. Francesco Ballio, Politecnico di Milano)


Francesco Ballio

“How many years can a mountain exist – before it is washed to the sea?”. This beautiful verse of Bob Dylan, taken literally, captures the essence of what we call hydrogeological risk: the territory evolution is a natural and inevitable process: it is only a matter of time. How much time?They are very long-term processes, “geologic time” as they say: that’s why we are not worried about that. But, at the detail level there can be significant evolutions even in shorter periods, ranging from a few hours to hundreds of years: a piece of slope collapse, the water floods lands that are normally dry,  a river changes its course, a level ground falls or rises gradually.
More than we had imagined in the past, we are realizing that our strategies to mitigate hydrogeological risk must be able to adapt to changes: the territory will change despite of our actions and, at times, because of them; but also changes in anthropogenic pressures, our desire to use the land; and, in recent years, climate changes, that are changing the characteristics of the natural forcings. In addition to traditional defense works,  inflexible by nature, it is important to increase the range of solutions by giving more importance to territorial planning, planning and emergency management, the design of structures and infrastructure less vulnerable to flooding. These actions are typically much more adaptive to changes in the system; they do not necessarily prevent the flood  fulfillment but, at least, they can mitigate its effects, and, above all, avoid the loss of lives.

What is the role of technology in this? It always provides the tools and infrastructure for environmental monitoring, an essential basis for the understanding and control of the territory and of the processes that affect them. The development of the last decades allows us to measure the force and the effects in real time, providing evolutionary scenarios used for the dynamic risk management, supporting decisions in an emergency. These capabilities set new challenges in mitigating risks and require a more complex approach than the passive protection provided by a bank; in return, the technology typically requires lower investment while offering excellent adaptability to climate , territorial and social changes.

Conclusion: there are no simple answers to complex problems such as those posed by natural hazards. Or to say it in  Bob Dylan style , “the answer is blowing in the wind.” Catch it is not easy.


Case history: LANDI RENZO

Logo Landi Renzo

Landi Renzo SpA is a world-leading company serving more than 30% of the market for LPG and CNG alternative automotive fuel systems and components.

These are Landi Renzo numbers:

  • 720 employees in Italy
  •  36% woman percentage
  • 222.809 € of revenues
  •  5% of revenues invested in R&D
  •  164 people work in the R&D department
  •   5 continents; 18 branches; 13 countries

Loccioni intervention

The Landi Renzo New Technical Center is devoted to reseach and development activities. This building has been created in order to use energy in an efficient way and with low environmental impact. It’s A classification was achieved through construction and technology.

Loccioni realized all what it concerns the technological part and the building automation; 4 areas can be identified:

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Pipeline’s leakage detection


(by Enrico Rocchetti)

Nowadays Oil&Gas industry is one of the biggest market in terms of economical, social and environmental aspects.
Oil exploration and production areas are often contaminated by big petrol treatment plants and local people is always against these kind of activities, due to environmental pollution problems.
For example, Nigeria is crossed by thousand kilometers of pipelines for the oil transportation to be treated or distribuited in other places. Every day there are local village’s people that usually try to make holes in those pipelines in order to take out the oil and sell it illegaly.
So the monitoring and leakage detection of long pipelines is a crucial aspect to guarantee reliability and robustness of a big Oil transport network.
Loccioni has developed in partnership with an important Oil&Gas company a new solution that can be installed in that areas. Placing those systems in strategic places (usually at the beginning and at the end of the pipelines), it’s possible to process acquired data, for the detection of possible leakages along the pipelines.
Again, Loccioni’s core competence of “meausurement” has solved a big environmental problem in the Oil&Gas market.

From Prosumers to Smart Communities

EfficienzaThe current Italian and International energy market is undergoing a relevant change resulting from an intensive use of modern techniques for the production of energy from renewable sources. The mechanism of conversion from conventional to renewable energy sources has been generated due to strict economic policies, whose goal is to get benefits in environmental and economic terms. The geographic areas with low presence of raw materials have been motivated also by the possibility of achieving a higher degree of independence from the macro-zones rich in fossil fuels.

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Loccioni@Smart Energy Expo

Smart energy expo

On Friday, 10th of October Loccioni Group will present its Microgrid in one of the conferences organized by Smart Energy Expo in Verona, the international exhibition that promotes new solutions, products and technologies for energy efficiency.

Smart Energy Expo deals with energy efficiency from two points of view:

  • reduce wasted energy in processes and final goods
  • produce more distributed energy, focusing on resources that are economically efficient and environmentally friendly.
We will wait for you at our presentation!