Trino, the former power station converts to future-forward mobility

Published on Tuesday, 4 September 2018

“This new step forward consolidates the Futur-e project as best practice for the regeneration of our decommissioned power stations. It’s a tangible example of the success of the Enel approach which takes the surrounding area and stakeholder involvement as its starting point. The aim is to turn the closure of a plant into a new opportunity for development that will benefit the local community”

– Carlo Tamburi, Head of Country Italy

Trino has been Italy’s rice capital since the 15th century when rice was first cultivated in our country, which remains Europe’s leading producer to this day. The municipality near Vercelli is also home to the Bosco delle Sorti della Partecipanza di Trino Nature Park, which floats like a sort of “green raft” between the great expanses of rice fields. It also gives an idea of what the Po Valley looked like before agriculture changed its face over the centuries. Galileo Ferraris srl is committed to maintaining the small natural oasis near the tanks on the station site which will thus protect the bird species living there. 

A circular economy model

Just like the former Carpi station, Trino will become a fine example of how the circular economy can be applied and how the local area can be involved. Since the launch of the Projects Competition in 2016, the local municipality, the Piedmont region and the University of Eastern Piedmont have all played an active role in the process with Enel and the Milan Politecnico university, joining the Panel of Judges to select the proposals received. The project submitted by Galileo Ferraris srl was chosen in part because of its potential benefit to the area in terms of employment, both directly and indirectly: the upgrading of the site will involve local businesses from the outset in the selective demolition of the various facilities that are not required for its new purpose.

At the end of this first phase, which should be completed within three years, the definitive handover of the site will take place and the project proper will begin. This will involve the creation of an indoor karting track, a nature park, an innovation zone with agriculture and new plantings, as well as commercial and leisure time activities. A theme park that will focus on the future of clean, sustainable electric mobility, while keeping its roots firmly planted in the history of this part of the world. A new life that would most definitely have appealed to a pioneer of innovation of the likes of Galileo Ferraris.