Enel and Hera to launch smart grid pilot in Modena


Livio Gallo,
Director Infrastructure
and Networks, Enel
Rome, Italy — (METERING.COM) — August 8, 2013 – Enel Distribuzione and Italian multi-utility company Hera are to launch a smart grid pilot in the province of Modena as part of the initiative to expand smart grid in Italy.

The pilot will test out technologies that Enel has developed or is testing on its own grid. In so doing this will create a de facto standard for smart grid technologies in Italy, said Enel in a statement.

The 2-year project will be developed on the grid linked to the Pavullo primary substation. It will involve four main elements:

  • Development of an automation system for the medium voltage grid
  • Integration of distributed renewable generation
  • Battery energy storage
  • “Smart-Info” system for customers providing information on their energy consumption.

“The agreement with Hera represents another step on the way to making the electricity infrastructure ever more interconnected and interactive in such a key region as Emilia Romagna,” said Livio Gallo, director of Infrastructure and Networks at Enel. “But that’s not all, thanks to this pilot project and its results it will be possible to propose a reference model for the development of smart grids to countless other European distributors of a similar size to Hera, with enormous advantages for the entire European system.”

This is Enel’s first involvement in smart grid in another distributor’s network in Italy, and is part of an ongoing partnership between the two companies that began in 2006 when Hera purchased Enel’s electronic meters. In 2011 Hera adopted Enel’s electric vehicle recharge technology for its e-mobility development.

“It is an extremely significant project,” added Tomaso Tommasi di Vignano, chairman of Hera. “It confirms Hera’s expertise in innovation, as well as bringing benefits for customers, especially considering the projected extension of these technologies across the entire network.”