The technological innovation of EGP at the International Robotics Festival of Pisa

Published on Friday, 5 October 2018

“People are very interested in robotics, and I also see great passion and competence. Robotics is a very dynamic sector, which looks to the future with its feet firmly planted in the present.”

– Giovanni Tula, Head of Innovation & Sustainability for Enel Green Power

Despite the strategic importance of the robotics revolution, the Pisa Festival is the only event in Italy where technological innovation and cultural reflection are brought to the city streets, with the aim of spreading awareness of its scope and all its applications.

This approach allowed the 2018 edition to repeat last year’s success, when more than ten thousand people took part in the Festival.

Enel Green Power participated in the International Robotics Festival with a stand at the entrance to the Arsenali Repubblicani, the event’s main venue. It was a chance to show off all the innovations and technologies we use in our work and to talk about our efforts to bring sustainable development to the world using renewable sources.

Robotics and the Green Economy

On 1 October, we organised the conference “Prospects and Impacts of the Green Economy”, a chance to take stock of the economy linked to the use of sustainable and renewable sources.

The conference was held in a room of our Pisa office named for Ruggero Bertani, our recently deceased colleague and a key figure in geothermal energy in Italy. The event was opened up by Giovanni Tula, Head of Innovation & Sustainability for EGP, and Massimo Montemaggi, Head of Geothermal for EGP.

The conference also featured Ernesto Ciorra, Chief Innovability Officer for Enel, who talked about Smart Cities and innovation, and Gianluca Gigliucci, Head of Innovation Storage for Enel Green Power, who spoke about how the revolution of storage systems is creating new scenarios within the Green Economy. 

“EGP is a global leader in batteries connected to renewable plants. Soon, for example, we’ll be installing a storage system in a solar plant in Australia: a solution that will allow us to use the sun’s energy when the sun isn’t out.”

– Gianluca Gigliucci, Head of Innovation Storage for Enel Green Power

As part of the Festival, on 2 October, we also organised a visit to our Larderello geothermal plant, a few kilometres from Pisa, the global centre of geothermal energy.

Spreading Innovation

Throughout the week of the International Robotics Festival, Enel Green Power participated with a stand at the entrance to the Arsenali Repubblicani, the event’s main venue. It was a chance to show off all the innovations and technologies we use in our work.

The public was particularly interested in the Flyability Elios drone, a quadricopter surrounded by a carbon fiber rotating sphere able to protect it from collisions with objects, obstacles and people.

In EGP’s daily work, Elios is ideal for accessing confined spaces, where other kinds of devices can’t operate. With its camera, it offers an accurate picture of any situation.

Innovation at the Service of Renewable Energy

At the base of Enel Green Power’s activities, there is the work of thousands of people around the world. Work that must be carried out as safely as possible.  

This is why one of the innovations we put on show in Pisa was the EGOpro Safe MOVE, an active safety solution developed to reduce the risk of accidents between moving vehicles and pedestrians in common work areas, like our plant construction sites.

The system signals to the driver in real time, with visual and audio warnings, about the presence and position of workers near the moving vehicle. EGOpro Safe MOVE has a range of about 40 metres, a distance that allows the time necessary to avoid collisions with other operators and vehicles.

In the same way, a tool like the Portable Drilling Rig 360 Simulator allows us to simulate complex drilling scenarios and train, in total safety, the personnel that will have to perform the work.

In addition to ensuring safety, innovation is also key to improving operations and procedures in construction and maintenance, to the advantage of plant efficiency.

At the International Robotics Festival, we showed off mixed-reality visors available on the normal market that, thanks to their ability to visualise holograms in the real world, we use to work on any activity hands-free while having a full view of the operations to follow. 

“Forecasts tell us that, by 2050, more than half of our energy will come from renewable sources, a revolution driven by Asian markets as well as by mature ones, like the European market.”

– Giovanni Tula, Head of Innovation & Sustainability for Enel Green Power

Augmented reality, robotics, drones: on the occasion of the Pisa Festival, Enel Green Power has demonstrated how sustainable development and renewable sources go hand in hand with technological innovation.