Enhancing the artistic heritage and energy efficiency at the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo
Published on Thuersday, 22 February 2018
The Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo is a jewel nestled in the Chianti hills in the province of Florence. The architectural complex is set within fifteenth-century walls and its corner towers stand out clearly in the green scenery of the Val di Pesa.Enel Sole, the Enel Group company with significant expertise in energy retrofitting and the enhancement of historical and artistic heritage, designed and completed an overhaul of the lighting in the entrance hall and refectory of the Tuscan Abbey.The two spaces that were the subject of the Enel X project, which was carried out through Enel Sole, have been equipped with new lights that use the latest generation LED technology. This not only ensures energy efficiency and excellent quality, but also means that the lighting system is less visually intrusive and is in perfect synergy with environmental sustainability.
In agreement with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, the project conformed to clear indications concerning the positioning of the light fittings within the Abbey with two distinct objectives in mind: on one hand, to illuminate the Abbey in such a way as to enhance its artistic and historical features, on the other, for more functional and practical purposes.
Enel’s technological experience has made it possible to strike a perfect balance by using a combination of tailor-made solutions. Installed on an electrified rail, which allows easy movement if necessary, the new spotlights are extremely compact and feature the latest LED technology, which also includes the possibility to dim the brightness and customize the focus and width of the beam. Linear LED tubes fixed on existing tie rods and LED cube spotlights were strategically positioned at the points where there was a need for more efficient and adequate lighting, in full respect of the architecture of the main rooms. The electrical connections were also designed with the aim of preserving the existing structures; a new mineral-insulated copper-clad system was mounted externally, resulting in a solution that is flexible and ergonomic.
The inauguration ceremony on 20 February was attended by: Emanuele Sguazzi, Head of B2B and B2G Italy at Enel X, Davide Ciciliato, Head of Market Central Italy at Enel and Paolo Sardelli, former President of the Lions Club of Barberino Montelibertas. The guests were hosted by Father Giuseppe Casetta, Abbot General of the Abbey, David Baroncelli, Mayor of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, and Eugenio Giani, President of the Tuscany Regional Council.
With Enel’s new innovative solutions, artistic heritage seems to become even more beautiful when it is illuminated with the right colour temperature and supported by a technologically advanced system that, in this case, allows the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo to achieve savings of more than 70%.