Saft ensures the transition of small Italian islands to renewable energies – Europe

Saft, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies, has installed seven Flex’ion maintenance-free lithium-ion battery systems supporting a solar micro-grid on the Italian island of Favignano (Sicily).

August 31, 2022. By News Bureau

Saft, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies, has installed seven Flex’ion maintenance-free lithium-ion battery systems supporting a solar micro-grid on the Italian island of Favignano (Sicily).

These systems are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022.

On the isolated island of Ustika, Saft Flex’Ion batteries will power a micro-grid powered by hydroelectric and solar power plants, as well as diesel fuel. The batteries will be connected to the distribution network and integrated into the smart grid in the coming months.

These are the first steps of the ‘I-Sole project, which involves local public services, as well as scientific experts from the University of Palermo and the Italian National Research Council.

The project is supported by the European Union and the Region of Sicily, under the technical direction of Layer Electronics, a local power generation company.

The I-Sole project aims to develop innovative technical solutions for monitoring and controlling the production and distribution of electricity to increase the use of renewable sources and storage systems on the small Sicilian islands, while maintaining the security of electricity supply.

Flex’ion with built-in remote monitoring capabilities is an asset to network operators’ goals.

Antonino Culcazzi, CEO of Layer Electronics, said, “Layer has many years of experience in energy systems that support the deployment of renewable energy sources. I-Sole will allow small disconnected islands like Ustica and Favignano to depend less on their electricity. power stations, especially during peak consumption thanks to batteries and smart grids. Saft Flex’ion batteries have been successfully tested with our products in Italy. They have also been cited for their strong track records for safety, long life, reliability, and affordability. Saft was the best game.

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