Italy’s Enel launched on July 13 four contests for the design of modern and efficient power plants necessary for the decommissioning of coal plants. Enel’s commitment to the energy transition is enriched with a new challenge, through “The new energy spaces”, the Italian company said in a press release.

“We are asking for the contribution of architects and designers for the realization of what we would like to become icons of the energy transition,” Enel Green Power CEO Antonio Cammisecra said. “We are continuing along the path towards a new vision of energy, open to the territory, to local communities and which respects the principles of the circular economy, with power plants that are perfectly integrated with the surrounding environment. Therefore, with these contests, we would above all like to involve young talents who wish to contribute to Italy’s sustainable energy future,” he added.

According to Enel, the goal is to create energy hubs in which renewable sources (solar photovoltaic), energy storage batteries and gas systems will coexist, increasingly integrated with the surrounding environment, thanks to projects that reduce the impact on the landscape and that reimagine the idea of ​​the power plant, also making spaces available to local communities. Participants are asked to present project ideas that respect the principles of sustainability and circular economy, through the reuse of existing structures, and which can be adapted to the different conversion phases of the plants.

The contests concern four power plants: La Spezia, Fusina, Civitavecchia and Brindisi, and will be carried out in collaboration with the Universities of Genoa, IUAV of Venice, Tuscia and Salento. In order to encourage wider involvement, the calls for tenders provide indications for the participation of young people under 40 and for gender equality. The projects will be evaluated by a commission composed of representatives from Enel, the universities and representatives of local communities, Enel said, adding that the three best projects selected for each of the four tenders will be acquired by Enel and the winners will be entrusted with the architectural design of their proposal for the construction of the plants, for which the authorisation procedures are currently underway.

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