Enel gives world’s oldest geothermal energy plant a new lease of life

Enel Green Power has upgraded its 60 MW geothermal plant in Farinello, Tuscany with ABB's VD4G MV state-of-the-art generator circuit breakers in order to ensure continuous power supply and reduce outages.
Enel gives world’s oldest geothermal energy plant a new lease of life
Courtesy of Enel Green Power.

The site, which has been active since 1995, is part of the oldest geothermal complex in the world. The facility’s 34 geothermal power plants supply more than 30 percent of the energy needed for the people of Tuscany.

“Being a legacy site, the geothermal plant in Farinello required state-of-the-art upgrades, using technologies that will protect the most critical equipment” said Paolo Perani, Sustainability Manager for ABB Electrification’s Distribution Solutions Division. “ABB’s VD4G circuit breaker was specified for its ability to handle any type of fault and to ensure continuous power supply for this critical resource. We are pleased to support Enel in its ongoing drive to decarbonize its business by giving this geothermal plant a new lease of life.”

By converting steam produced in the depths of the earth into renewable power, geothermal is a sustainable alternative to coal power plants. By 2050 it is estimated that geothermal technologies will have the potential to meet 3-5 percent of global demand for renewable power, and by 2100, it will be possible to meet 10 percent of demand.

Luigi Parisi, Head of O&M Geothermal Global for Enel Green Power, added that keeping the power on for Enel’s customers is its main priority.

“Not only will ABB’s VD4G breakers satisfy this need, but the solution will also reinforce our commitment to renewable and sustainable solutions” Mr Parisi said. “Our precious geothermal resources are now safeguarded by the highest protection that a breaker like VD4G can provide. Collaborating with ABB in this way allows Enel Green Power to evolve sustainably and supports our broader business strategy.”

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