Rome and Ferentino (FR), March 15th, 2022 - Managing the stability of the national electricity grid, with members agreeing to be disconnected from energy supply at peak load times: the interruptibility program is a flexible system, that helps to prevent grid failures and blackouts. Henkel has chosen to join the program offered by Enel X, Enel's global business line dedicated to innovation, through the Energinvest consortium, at the Ferentino (province of Frosinone, Latium) site producing laundry and dishwashing detergents, to which Henkel provides 4 MW of power.
"Interruptibility programs are becoming increasingly important for the energy sector from a sustainable perspective and in particular to ensure greater stability of the national electricity grid," said Augusto Raggi, Head of Enel X Italy. "With our support and thanks to innovative solutions, we are providing Henkel with an energy efficiency tool that protects the environment and the area without hindering the development of the company's production activities."
"We joined Enel X's interruptibility program to help contain energy demand overload in the area and provide greater stability to the electricity grid," commented Goffredo Angelucci, manager of Henkel's Ferentino plant. "We are constantly striving to increase the energy efficiency of our production sites and accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources. Our global goal is to become 'climate positive' by 2030, contributing to the production of green energy by returning what we don't use to the grid, generating a positive balance for the environment."
The interruptibility service is not yet widespread but it is a strategic tool for the energy sector to manage the various challenges facing electricity grids. Growth in global energy demand, increased use of renewables, the decentralization of production sources and extreme weather conditions have an impact on energy supply and its continuity. Thanks to the development of advanced technologies and digitalization, Enel X offers companies the option of joining the interruptibility program and agreeing to disconnect their energy supply when necessary, balancing their business needs with the those of the service.
Henkel's Ferentino site has taken the necessary measures to ensure production safety even when the electricity supply is interrupted. Amongst other things, the foreseen installation of appropriate electronic equipment that allows remote-controlled disconnection of the site from the grid and its subsequent reconnection in a controlled manner, ensuring the safety of personnel and the integrity of machinery and equipment.
Enel X Global Retail is the Enel group’s global business line that offers services to accelerate innovation and drive the energy transition. World leader in the sector of advanced energy solutions, Enel X Global Retail manages services such as demand response for approximately 7.7 GW of total capacity globally and 195 MW of storage capacity installed worldwide. Through its advanced solutions, including energy management and financial services, Enel X Global Retail provides each partner with an intuitive and personalized ecosystem of technological platforms and consulting services, focused on the principles of sustainability and the circular economy in order to provide people, communities, institutions and companies with an alternative model that respects the environment and integrates technological innovation into daily life. Each solution has the power to transform the goals of decarbonization, electrification and digitalization into sustainable actions for all, in order to build a more sustainable and efficient world together.
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global market leader in adhesives in all segments. Henkel is amongst the leaders in many markets and categories in Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care in many countries around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2021, Henkel reported sales of 20 billion euros and an operating profit of 2.7 billion euros. Today, the group employs around 52,000 people worldwide - a motivated and extremely diverse team, united by a strong corporate culture, the common goal of creating sustainable value, and shared values. As a recognised leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international ratings and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, visit www.henkel.com