The objective of the Isernia Project is to combine the generation from distributed energy resources with a reliable and safe management of the system under real operating conditions. The Isernia project, approved by the city of Isernia in the Molise region (Italy), will test, on the field, an innovative model for the protection, automation and management of power generation in the distribution network according to the principles of smart grids.
The geography and climate of Isernia offers the perfect setting to fully exploit solar, hydroelectric andbiogas efficiently integrate renewable energy sources into the distribution network.
The Isernia project has recently won a competition-based procedure launched by the Italian regulator (AEEG) granting incentives to innovative smart grids pilot projects. The project offers a new approach to distributed generation management which monitors the active involvement of both distributors and customers, recognized as prosumers (producer-consumers) of energy.
Monitoring occurs through a broadband connection, based on a Wi-Max communication protocol and a fibre optics communications infrastructure which depend on the remote management system implemented in the territory with the electronic meter.
The project will be developed around the primary cabin in Carpinone and will include the installation of nearly 8,000 ‘Smart Info’ devices for customers connected to the low voltage grid. The devices will supply information about changes in the price of energy based on time slots, promoting efficient use and increasing active customer participation in the management of the system. The project also includes the installation of a charging station to power a fleet of five electric vehicles, integrated with a photovoltaic plant and a multi-functional storage system. The storage system may also be used for the management of medium voltage lines, or peak shavings and load profiling, and will be able to replace the charging system or receive energy directly from the photovoltaic plant.
- Project period: 3 years, from 2011 to 2014
- Investment: 10 million euro