Soiel international: The Puglia Active Network project

Implemented by Enel Distribuzione, the regional smart grid envisages works on over 8000 electricity substations.

The PAN (Puglia Active Network) project relating to a system based on a network of 8000 intelligent substations for the Puglia region and implemented by Enel Distribuzione, in response to the second call of the European NER 300 tender, which envisages the implementation of works on the distribution network based on innovative technologies, has been presented in Bari. With a total value of 170 million euros (co-financed by the European Union and the Ministry of the Environment for the amount of 85 million), the objective is to improve the performance of the electricity grid and enable innovative management of the active network.

In detail, the project (which sees the involvement the Vodafone network  and routers from Tiesse, the Ivrea-based company that designs and manufactures routers for fixed and mobile networks, entirely Made in Italy) envisages a series of interventions that will affect more than 80% of MV lines and over 8000 substations (primary and secondary) in low and medium density population areas of the Puglia region. An area where there is also a strong penetration of renewables. 

PAN therefore plans to enable new citizen services through the following initiatives: The development of an infrastructure of charging stations for electric vehicles at the regional level to facilitate the dissemination of a new model of sustainable mobility, with consequent benefits for the community and the environment, without compromising grid efficiency; free distribution to part of the low voltage users of the municipalities of Valle d'Itria and of Salento of 30,000 Smart Info devices for greater awareness and autonomy in electricity consumption monitoring and management; use by Enel of new LTE technologies (4G) in the project to accelerate the deployment of latest generation mobile network coverage.

With Puglia Active Network the objective is to ensure secure and reliable management of the electricity distribution network in the presence of a large number of generation systems, also small, while enabling new services to citizens and, finally, facilitating creation of an eco-sustainable extra-urban model for what is defined as the first complete smart community on a regional scale.

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