The campus of the University of Savona most definitely is an avant-guard campus. Indeed, it’s the first campus in Italy to adopt an energy microgrid.
This energy microgrid allows the campus to provide heat and electricity to the whole campus, covering the 50% of the needs of its structures. Given its incredible innovation, it will be used as a starting point to develop a standard system that will be available internationally as well as nationally. But this is not it!
Indeed, a readapted model will be used to provide energy to the Expo 2015 area. We are talking about a system designed by the Univesity of Genova (based on the Savonese model) and developed by Siemens, called Smart Polygeneration Microgrid (Spm), realised in the Savonese campus exactly, that becomes a lab to experiment the new smart city technologies.
Indeed, the campus of the University of Savona is particularly focused on the topics of eco-sustainability and ecology, having the intentions to build in the campus a smart building that would be 100% eco-sustainable and computerised. It is all possible thanks to a 2.4 million euros loan given by the Miur, to which the campus from the region of Liguria submitted its eco-sustainable project.
Are you wondering how big the campus is and how much energy it needs?
Federico Delfino, scientific head of the Spm, explains that the campus covers 50 thousands square metres and uses every year one gigawathour (Gwh) of normal electricity and 1.5 Gwh of heat. This means that the bills, if only normal grids are used, can reach 300 thousands euros per year. However, thanks to the energy microgrid and the use of innovative structures, the bills halved for the Savonese campus. This is thanks to the fact that, even if the Spm allows an actual saving of 50 thousands euros “only”, the submission to European competitions and scholarships make the campus win some additional resources, that lower the costs of another 150 thousands euros.
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