Italian utility company Metaenergia Group has signed a multi-year deal with Hitachi ABB Power Grids to ensure grid resilience and increased penetration of renewable energy.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids will provide seven new high-voltage grid connection solutions to ensure more renewables are connected with the national grid for energy stability and grid resilience.
The company will provide Metaenergia Group with its RelCare service, which includes digital solutions for lifecycle management and energy asset optimisation. RelCare solutions will include remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, and expert support.
The solutions are expected to help maintain power quality and help Italy to move closer to its target of having 55% of its total energy mix from renewables.
Owing to the deal, some seven power plants will provide standby electricity to meet changes in energy demand within the national grid. The projects will also enable Italy to address the fluctuating nature of renewables.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids worked closely with Metaenergia in the design process and proposed solutions that reuse the sites’ existing civil works, enabling speedy government permitting to reduce costs and delivery times. The plants are scheduled for start-up by 2022.
The deal is part of efforts by Metaenergia Group to expand its business and flexible energy capacity to ensure grid resilience across Italy. The announcement follows Metaenergia Group announcing that it has selected technology company Wartsila for the development of six natural gas-fired power plants. The projects will be executed in Gorizia, Piombino, Sulmona, Cassino and Melfi to deliver 380MW of capacity by June 2022.
Energy stakeholders will gather at Enlit Europe 2021 from 30 November to 2 December in Milan to discuss the technologies being deployed to speed up the transition to renewable energy-based systems and the important role of flexibility.