Enel launches the ‘Net Zero’ strategy for networks

The birth of the ‘Open Power Grids’ association announced

A ‘Net Zero’ strategy for networks. Enel and electricity distribution stakeholders met today in Rome for Net Zero Grid Day, in which Enel presented its Net Zero strategy for its business in the networks sector, focused on zeroing out the intrinsic emissions of the infrastructure itself. The company also detailed how it intends to collaborate in general with the industry to promote the sharing and advancement of standards for network components that meet the criteria of efficiency, safety, quality and sustainability in compliance with net zero emissions requirements. To this end, the event saw the launch of the ‘Open Power Grids’ association, which brings together network operators, manufacturers, research institutes and other stakeholders to share and develop standards and technologies for critical network components that meet the net zero emissions requirements.

“Our Net Zero goal for grids aims to accelerate the adoption of the principles set out in the Paris Agreement across the industry to foster the energy transition and a significant transformation of electricity distribution infrastructures. This represents the first move by a global grid operator to manage emissions upstream and downstream of the infrastructure in an open way, which is necessary if we are to achieve the goal of zero net emissions across the sector – has said Antonio Cammisecra, Enel’s Head of Global Infrastructure and Networks – We have done a lot to identify the best technical solutions for our networks, but to advance rapidly we must share this challenge with other operators in an open and collaborative environment towards Net Zero networks “.

In this context, Gridspertise, the Enel company that provides distribution system operators (DSOs) and utilities with solutions for the digitization of electricity distribution networks, has outlined the next step in its growth strategy aimed at encouraging infrastructure modernization efforts in the United States. “We are very pleased to reveal the next step in our growth strategy, represented by entering the large US market with digital solutions designed to increase the resilience and reliability of power distribution networks – explained Robert Denda, CEO of Gridspertise. – We are working to establish partnerships with local utilities in order to support the modernization and digitization plans of the network in an open way, also through the collaborative testing of our innovative QEd – Quantum Edge Device for digital secondary substations. This digital solution can be adapted to existing infrastructure, allowing for example the integration of electric mobility and decentralized renewable energies without costly grid rebuilds. Gridspertise will be present at the Distributech event to be held later this month in Dallas, where it will disclose more details ”.

The Net Zero Grid Day event organized by Enel follows the launch of Grid Futurability as part of the pre-Cop 26 activities in Milan where the Group presented the innovative and customer-centric transformation of its electricity grids into participatory, resilient and sustainable, as part of the 70 billion euro investment plan dedicated to electricity grids for the period 2022-2030. Enel shared concrete actions to combat direct emissions, adopting more sustainable operations through digitalization, remote operations, electrification of fleets, measures to protect biodiversity and reducing the technical losses of the networks. The company is also engaging suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and construction companies in its supply chain in order to tackle indirect emissions and implement more sustainable network processes and components such as SF6-free electrical panels, vegetable oils for transformers and green cables. o standards for sustainable construction sites. The company also noted how some of the actions it took to embrace the principles of the circular economy throughout its business, such as using recycled materials for new resources such as circular meters, street poles or cabinets, or managing end component life, can produce important environmental and economic benefits.

Stakeholders attending the event included, among others, major equipment manufacturers, testing and certification companies, engineering consultancy firms, research and design institutes, as well as utilities. Through the ‘Open Power Grids’ association, Enel has begun sharing its technical specifications for the main components and devices, including the Building Information Modeling (Bim) design of the Liberty primary substation, which involves the generation and management of representations digital of physical and functional characteristics. This is the first building block to promote convergence and co-engineering towards modularity standards, maximizing the creation of shared value through sustainability and safety, as well as cost efficiency and technical performance. To this end, through the Enel Open Innovability online platform, the Group also promotes a global competition for the design and architecture of sustainable substations in order to improve the integration of these resources within the urban, suburban or rural landscape. .

The members of the ‘Open Power Grids’ association can benefit from the global standards already available on the platform that Enel uses for its global tenders and propose the introduction of new standards or the modification of existing ones. Expressions of interest from potential members can be sent directly to [email protected]