The Campus can be compared to an urban district with different functions, which is now able to generate enough electricity and heating to satisfy its needs, reducing the import of electricity from the grid only during peak hours. This achievement is possible thanks to the connection of several power generation plants with high level energy efficient renewable plants managed and controlled by a central software, for a total capacity of 250 kW electric power and 300 kW thermal power. The heart of Savona’s microgrid is the control room located within the Campus. From here, it is possible to control the entire system, ensuring an intelligent management and following the operational strategies devised and successfully validated by the University of Genoa. The Siemens Microgrid Manager allows the prediction of consumption and production from renewable sources as well as the planning of operational activities. It is possible to control the traditional generation units in real-time, which are on the field and to optimize charging and discharging cycles of storage systems to optimize the production from renewable sources.
Federico Delfino, Associate Professor of Power System Engineering, University of Genoa, Italy.
Prof. Delfino after a master degree in Electric Engineering at University of Genoa received also his Ph.D at the same institution in 2001. After some collaboration with this University, he became Associate Professor of Power System Engineering. Today, apart from the scientific activities (mainly related to the integration of renewable energy sources into the power delivery system; modeling and control of smart power grids; power systems transients and energy management), he is also the Director of the University of Genoa Savona Campus research and teaching facilities and member of the EU Commission Task Force on Smart Grids, Expert Group 3 (EG3); the National Committee "Energy Efficiency Experts" at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development; the Expert Committee on Smart Grids, at the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas. He is responsible for the University of Genoa Research & Innovation Cluster on “Sustainable Energy” in the Liguria region. He serves the EU Commission as an independent expert acting as a reviewer on projects related to Smart Grids. He is also the Chairman of the Administration Board of the company "Parco Tecnologico Valbormida (Technology Park of Valbormida)", owned by Liguria Region and providing Environmental & Energy R&D services.
Claudia Guenzi, Siemens Smart Grid Division Leader, Italy
Claudia Guenzi, received a master degree in Economy ,General Management and Marketing at the Catholic University of Sacro Cuore in Milan in 1997. After three years spent in Motorola SpA as marketing analyst and Brand Manager, she joined Siemens SpA in 2000 with the role of Key Account Manager for the mobile device sector for the next four years . Between 2004 and 2005 she consolidated her position becoming Retail Sales Manager within the communication devices sector. From 2005 to 2007 she held the position of Head Business Development Security identifying and developing new strategies to achieve strategic goals of Siemens in Italy . The following year she became head of the Innovation function and in 2009 was nominated Head of the Marketing Department of Siemens Energy Sector. In 2011, after Siemens reorganization, Claudia Guenzi was in charge to drive the Energy Automation Application, a segment within the Siemens Smart Grid Division, mainly focused on Vertical IT solutions. From October 2013 she is the Country Division Leader of the same division.
Bernd K. Koch, Director, Siemens Microgrid, Energy Automation
Bernd K. Koch received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany in 1993 and immediately began his career with Siemens in the rail automation business, concentrating on real time systems in safety critical applications. In 2007, Koch moved into the energy automation business where he served as the global head of sales for substation automation and protection systems. Koch then began focusing on the development of new business areas, such as energy market related applications and integration of renewable power into the grid in 2011. Currently, Koch is head of the Siemens Microgrid department and is responsible for renewable integration solutions as well as end-to-end microgrid solutions.
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