La Sapienza and Enel, sustainable architecture Made in Italy

Published on Tuesday, 18 December 2018

“We’re proud to have assisted La Sapienza in this prestigious project. Every time we innovate our aim is also to provide a sustainable solution”

– Chiara Mingoli, Innovation Governance, Intelligence and Partnerships, Enel

The basic elements are two new-generation Smart Meters for managing energy flows, reflecting developments in electricity meter technology in which Enel has played a pioneering role at a global level.

These also form the basis for another of our great innovations – a remote management system in which a digital concentrator gathers data and sends it to a centralised cloud-based platform. This means that at all times and in any location users can access real time information like energy consumption, photovoltaic production, interior temperature, humidity and air and lighting quality. All this was useful for the Sapienza team during the Solar Decathlon as it enabled them to intervene to maximise efficiency. This resource will be made available to those living in the houses of the future.

The same platform also provides access to stored data. This makes it possible for users to check whether their management of the house and their behaviours are achieving the aim of maximising energy efficiency and when this is not the case, enables them to make the necessary adjustments.

“Enel is a very important partner for the Sapienza team and has contributed to many aspects of this project, through technical collaboration and by providing the technology needed to make this house work as designed”

– Marco Casini, Project Manager and Faculty Advisor for the Sapienza team

The e-vehicle and its future

Enel also contributed the e-car charging infrastructure, as the sustainability decathlon includes transport. The ReStart4smart house is equipped with an electric car, a dedicated garage and a charging station, the latest-generation wallbox provided by Enel X and connected to the remote management system that also enables remote access to charging data. The system’s status as a cutting-edge integrated system was acknowledged by the prize awarded in Dubai.
What’s more, as the Project’s Electrics Manager Marco Cecconi explains, our infrastructure is also ready to integrate an important additional function that is not detailed in the competition’s rules – surplus electricity stored in the car can be fed back into the house system. This technology is called Vehicle-to-Home (V2H), and it reduces the need for batteries in the home as the car itself is a battery. This, too, will be possible in the houses of the future. It is evident that these sustainable architecture Olympics are not simply an end in themselves, they also provide an arena for developing and trying out innovations. Today the future has visited Dubai, and tomorrow sustainable technology will power the world.