(by Francesco Mancini)
The EU has set ambitious targets for both the short and long term with the 2020 climate and Energy package as well as a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 80-95% by 2050. UE has set ambitious target by 2030 as well both on renewable energy production and greenhouse gas reduction.
DSR could be a crucial solution in order to get the mentioned targets because of its benefits. In fact DSR creates value for the consumers by allowing them to be rewarded for changing their consumption behaviour and therefore providing flexibility to the system operators and helping them to maintain the grid balanced. In addition DSR will also play a key role in the reduction of additional generation and proportionally enhance the role of renewables in the energy supply, thus making it more secure and reducing the risk of price spikes due to political instability in the supplier countries.
(by Giacomo Mantero)
When talking about SEU (Efficient Consumption Systems) it often seems like a futuristic model that will have great spread. This statement is certainly acceptable but limiting because SEU not only will develop in the near future but they also did in the past!
Let me explain better. By definition, SEU are: “systems in which a electricity production source [...], powered by renewable sources or by high efficient cogeneration [...], is directly connected, by means of a private link [...], to the system for the consumption of a single end user, also corresponding to the producer [...]”. Thus, everyone who produced energy from a photovoltaic system in the last 10 years can be considered a SEU!
The European project GRID4EU aims at making demonstration on Smart Grid advance solutions for the European Union: in collaboration with Enel, Loccioni Group realized a Lithium-Ion battery Energy Storage System of 1MW/1MWh.
The Italian demonstration, addressing to Medium Voltage Network, aims at realizing an advanced control system communicating with all the network relevant nodes: MV generators, HV/MV and MV/LV substations and a storage facility.
Global demand for Data Centre (DC) capacity and Data Centre services continues to rise steadily, despite macroeconomic conditions. The DC role is expanding thanks the rapid increase in Virtualization, Cloud computing, High-Powered Computing, and the vast growth in Internet use, with the consequent increase of power consumption.
Power consumption of DCs becoming a serious concern in the design and operation, given by the need to save energy and use green energy to reduce environmental impact and energy costs. The effects of high power consumption manifest not only in the cost of electricity consumption, but also in the costs spent in designing effective cooling systems to ward off the generated heat.
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
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:
The 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.
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.
Secure, clean and efficient energy is one of the seven priority challenges identified by the EU in Horizon 2020 the biggest research and innovation program ever. For this reason € 5.9 billion have been allocated over 7 years (2014-2020) to support different energy related topics.
The focus on smart cities technologies (one of the three focus topic together with Energy efficiency and Low Carbon technologies) is expected to result in commercial-scale solutions with a high market potential: urban areas will benefit from new, efficient, and user-friendly technologies and services, in particular in the areas of energy (Smart grids), transport and ICT. The keyword is integration: integration among different technologies, among different partners, between public and private bodies. EU funds will be dedicated to develop large demonstrators which are expected to prove the feasibility of innovative approaches and technologies helping to mobilize private investments.