The Year of 2.6 GW: Identikit of a Record

Published on Tuesday, 6 February 2018

“2017’s 2.6 GW are new additional capacity 100% in production. We also managed a peak of projects at the same time for 10 GW: another important record.”

– Umberto Magrini Head of Engineering and Construction for Enel Green Power

The Digital Revolution

2017 was also the launch year for the E&C (R)evolution project, with which Engineering and Construction started to design a road map of innovations to be introduced throughout the value chain of its activities to increase competitiveness.

“E&C (R)evolution is a project of driven digitisation, in Engineering and worksite management. It’s a project of robotics and automation, to support teams in the field by reducing installation times and increasing safety and quality.”

– Umberto Magrini

2018 will also be a year for the implementation of experiments made during 2017, especially regarding civil works, cable laying and digital solutions for plant design and worksite management.

Sustainability 4.0

Since innovation and sustainability go hand in hand and feed each other, last year’s 2.6 GW are also a litmus test of EGP’s ability to build sustainable plants from the ground up.

2017 also saw the formation of the Sustainable Worksite model, which uses solutions to limit environmental impact starting in the construction phase and mitigate the effects of our actions.

 

This mitigation begins with the planning phase, while the management of impacts is part of the construction phase, during which a series of precautions are put in place, ranging from the reduction of operational vehicle use to efficient energy consumption at the worksite.

“The E&C (R)evolution project will help greatly to increase our sustainability in the construction phase, combining innovation and renewable technologies in new ways.”

– Umberto Magrini

One of the experiments tested successfully in 2017 was an innovative system for waste water treatment, with nanotechnologies powered by a 4-kW mini wind system integrated with a 2-kV storage system. In addition to making water use more efficient, the system has allowed us to reduce CO2 emissions.

At the Cerro Pabellón geothermal plant, in the Atacama Desert in Chile, we’ve implemented a system that integrates photovoltaic generation with a hybrid storage system, based on lithium ion batteries and hydrogen storage, to power the plant’s base camp with clean energy 24/7.