Smart grid commissioned at Savona University

Genoa University’s Campus of Savona, in Italy, is the site of a recently commissioned Smart Polygeneration Microgrid (SPM) project which is now able to generate enough electricity and heating to satisfy its needs, reducing imports of electricity from the grid to peak hours only.

The Campus can be compared to an urban district with different functions including the connection of several power generation plants with a total capacity of 250 kWe and 300 kWth. These plants are managed and controlled by central software following the operational strategies devised and validated by the University of Genoa.

The Siemens Microgrid Manager allows the prediction of consumption and production from renewable sources as well as the planning of operational activities from units such as natural gas-fired micro-turbines which supply a district heating network as well as thermal and electrical storage.

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