Numerous municipalities in Emilia Romagna have turned to Enel Sole for their public lighting, starting with Bologna. The region is also home to many innovative projects ranging from electric mobility to agriculture
Castel San Giovanni is located in the extreme northwest of Emilia Romagna, not far from the Po River and the border with Lombardy. Rimini is at the other end, where the Via Emilia, the age-old highway that traverses the entire region, reaches the sea. What the two centres have in common is Enel X light. In fact, these are just two of the many municipalities in Emilia-Romagna that have turned to Enel Sole, the Enel X company specialised in public illumination, for their street lighting.
Enel Sole in Bologna
Bologna is Enel Sole’s largest Italian municipality customer, and the interventions in the city are truly wide-ranging. The most significant project concerns the replacement of approximately 21,500 street fixtures with advanced Archilede High Performance and Archilede Evolution LED systems equipped to be controlled remotely; the new street lamps can also be used for value-added services such as the installation of real time surveillance systems, thanks to wireless or fibre optic connections.
The project also includes the replacement of all the traffic lights with LED lights, the modernisation of power lines, the installation of 33,000 remote control boxes, around 7,500 lighting fixtures for street furniture and 3,600 LED tension wires.
The total savings are estimated at 10 million kWh of electricity per year, for an estimated annual reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 8 million tonnes.
Rimini and other towns
The case of Rimini is similar: 21,500 lights were replaced and the same number of new remote-control boxes was installed. The total energy savings for Rimini are estimated at 4 million kWh per year, equivalent to an annual reduction of 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gases. In Rimini we also designed a lighting project for the city’s beaches and promenade to make the city’s residents and visitors feel safer and therefore improve their quality of life.
The list continues with many other locations throughout the region, including Podenzano and Alseno in the province of Piacenza, Noceto (Parma), Sant'Ilario (Reggio Emilia), Bondeno (Ferrara), Medicina and San Pietro in Casale (Bologna) and Coriano (Rimini). In total, Enel Sole manages 152,835 lighting units throughout the region. And more projects are ready to start: for example, Anzola (Bologna), Cattolica (Rimini), Cervia (Ravenna), Rubiera (Reggio Emilia), Tresigallo and Ro (Ferrara).
Parks and fountains
Enel Sole has also been busy in Emilia Romagna with projects that relate to its other specialist activity: artistic lighting. One particularly glowing example is the work carried out on Rimini’s Fountain of the Four Horses, a symbol of the city and the entire Riviera. The beauty of this monument can now also be fully appreciated during the night thanks to the light of Enel Sole. This same light has illuminated the Alcázar of Seville, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the excavations of Pompeii and, to return to the theme of fountains, the Barcaccia Fountain at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome as well as the Quirinal Gardens in the same city.
But aesthetic appeal is not the sole objective of artistic lighting: LEDs generally offer optimal visual comfort, which is increased thanks to our installations, as demonstrated by the work carried out in Bologna on the scenic Scalinata del Pincio and in Montagnola Park, for example.
At the forefront of electric mobility
Emilia Romagna is one of the most advanced regions in Italy; it is also at the forefront of another of Enel X’s priority sectors, electric mobility. In fact, in this very region, in collaboration with Hera and Iren, Europe’s first interoperable charging system was created, involving all the Emilia Romagna’s major cities.
The outcome of this is that now a motorist driving an electric car in Emilia Romagna can recharge the vehicle’s battery in each of the provincial capitals using a single card: he or she can therefore travel on roads outside urban areas for long distances, thereby solving one of the most significant problems that still hinders the large-scale take-up of electrical transport.
In collaboration with Bonifiche Ferraresi, Italy’s largest agricultural company, Enel X has created Europe’s first agricultural smart district. Our project included the installation of two photovoltaic systems, an energy storage system plus an electric mobility package: a two-way charging infrastructure which allows vehicles to feed their surplus energy back onto the grid, in addition to rental services for electric cars and bicycles.
As part of the project, farms can use an innovative product developed within our programme to support startups: a system of sensors that monitor irrigation status, prepare forecasts and consequently dose water, with savings of about 25% on water and energy consumption.
A hothouse for innovation
Emilia Romagna has historically been a hothouse for innovation for the Enel Group. The most consolidated project is the European consortium GRID4EU for research into smart grids. The project includes a large storage device installed in the province of Forlì-Cesena that is connected to the medium voltage network and combined with an advanced control system for the integration of renewable energy sources onto the grid. It covers approximately 35,000 customers.
From the plains to the mountains: in 2017 Enel created an Energy Zone in the Monte Cimone ski resort, where visitors can sunbathe, watch shows and enjoy food and drinks, all while recharging their mobile phones thanks to special charging columns placed there by Enel. This initiative may only have a limited impact on society and the environment, but it nonetheless confirms Emilia-Romagna’s vocation for wellbeing and the pleasure of living life to the full.