ISLANDING SYSTEMS



I.S.O.L.A., acronym of Islanding Systems Operation into Lonely Areas is a system devised by IVPC for the production of electrical energy from renewable sources in areas where no distribution network was developed. The off-grid stationary application of I.S.O.L.A. is able to generate electricity using the natural energy resources found in the area and manage power flows feeding the user/s either instantly or accumulating the energy produced during a time mismatch. The main component of the system is in fact a regulator of energy flows that decides, based on the system requirements and on the logics that are meant to be achieved, where to obtain the energy and where to direct it. The system I.S.O.L.A. is characterized by high design flexibility thanks to the modular scheme of its components. Such a feature - that is undoubtedly one of its major strengths on the market - allows the user to both select the energy sources and appropriately size the performance to meet a wide range of possible applications. Wind, solar, hydroelectric and biomass can be used as sources of renewable energy, and further - not yet standardized – applications cannot be excluded. In any case, it is possible to exploit one or more available resources even in a combined way. The accumulation system is dimensioned according to the user’s needs, so that it is possible to get different operating autonomy scales of various sizes of power. In its standard configuration, the system guarantees the delivery of nominal 72 kW for 12h, with voltage and frequency of 400V and 50 Hz respectively. Based on the user’s needs, the system is scalable up to home sizes from 6 to 10 kW. In addition, for special needs of high requirements, it is possible to size and realize solutions with powers of the order of MW.

Possible applications

The main fields of application of this technological system developed by IVPC are the remote villages not covered by electricity or drinking water supply, small farms, small and medium sized factories, etc. For example, a village of 40 houses not connected to the electricity distribution network can be powered by the system I.S.O.L.A. of 72 kW which will ensure availability of power equal to 1.5 kW per house with a 12 hour autonomy. Even small farms could use the electrical energy thus produced and stored. With an output of 45kW, the night watering for a period of 12 h can certainly be ensured, and the operation of any auxiliary systems, such as, for example, water picking or night lighting can also be ensured using the same output application and the remaining kWs. The system can also be used to power the desalination needed to make sea water drinkable and distribute it in the places not covered by the integrated water services.

Environmental impact

The system, in its standard configuration, allows to reduce CO2 emissions in the atmosphere up to 200 tonnes a year. The accumulation system can be constituted either of lead-acid batteries or of lithium batteries, kept in watertight containers made of anticorrosive material. Both systems, just like the photovoltaic panels, imply no risk of direct pollution during their use and the technology for the end of life treatment and disposal of these items is already available and with low environmental impact.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY



By virtue of the know-how gained in the field of renewables, IVPC Group enters the field of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability with a wide range of activities and innovative solutions.

ESCOs – Energy Service Company –are companies carrying out actions taken to improve energy efficiency, taking on part of the risk and relieving customers from the investment and organizational costs. The resulting cost savings are shared between the ESCOs and the customer in accordance with different types of contractual arrangements.

IVPC 4.0, certified ESCO in accordance with UNI CEI 11352, aims to promote and implement energy efficiency measures, distributed generation and use of renewable energy in order to reduce energy consumption and pollution in the atmosphere, thus contributing to European environmental targets. Using energy in a more rational and efficient manner means to reduce the cost of utility bills, to reduce our dependency on oil and gas supplies and to help protect the environment and to make use of a technology that uses less energy to perform the same function. Improving the energy efficiency of our homes, public buildings, industries is a smart investment that combines a rapid and significant energy saving with a considerable economic return and the regulatory compliance of plants, buildings and properties. For some years now, energy efficiency is a priority item in the agenda of national and EU policies: Legislative Decree no. 102/2014, which implements the European Directive 2012/27 / EU, establishes the obligation to increase energy efficiency through the diagnosis for large companies (> 250 employees and > 50 million in annual revenue) and energy-intensive companies (2.4 GWh of annual consumption or Energy Cost / revenue ratio > 3%).

RECIPIENTS OF THE OFFER

  • Public administrations
  • Tourism and Food Accommodations
  • Condominiums
  • School Institutes
  • Sports and Recreational Facilities
  • Retirement homes
  • Factories
  • Transportation
  • Electric mobility sector
OFFERED SERVICES

  • AUDIT AND DIAGNOSIS. The first step to reach a suitable energy efficiency program consists in performing an accurate audit or a certified assessment able to determine in an accurate and documented way the system structure, the property and / or industrial unit consumption, to measure their performance. The audit must also be able to monitor the higher waste points, the energy losses, the areas of greatest consumption.
  • FEASIBILITY STUDY / CONSULTING / EXECUTIVE PROJECT. The second step is the identification of energy efficiency measures to be implemented and the possible redevelopment of the existing technology and the choice, in consultation with the customer, of the best applicable solution.
  • INSTALLATION / OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF FACILITIES. We can fully manage the interventions to improve efficiency both in financial terms and tax benefits and from the technical and design profile. In this case, all the stages of construction, management and maintenance of the installations are operated by IVPC own technical personnel, professionally developed and highly specialized.
  • PROCUREMENT OF FUNDS AND IDENTIFICATION OF FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS. We offer financial capacity to fully manage an EPC contract (Energy Performance Contract) with an initial investment charged to our Group. From the first year we share the benefits resulting from energy saving with our customers.
  • IDENTIFICATION OF FORMS OF INCENTIVE / TEE TRADE / ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT. Our dedicated trading team, based in Rome and keeping direct contact with GSE, will support you in the management of the TEE (Energy Efficiency Certificates) or White Certificates, Contributions in Thermal Account 2.0 and other incentive mechanisms.
  • Solutions for civil and industrial sectors:

    We can meet all the needs and demands of the market, from the macro-solutions for highly complex and "large electricity users" industrial contexts to those customized for living, residential, commercial areas until the Energy Management. Construction of service stations for the electric charge for private vehicles and public transport purposes.
  • Customized solutions:

    Thanks to a strategic and structured approach and thanks to our more than twenty years of experience in the renewable energy field, we are able to identify the best configuration for the facility and at the same time respect the customer's expectations, associating the economic investment to a successful energy management. Our control rooms, active 24 hours a day, guarantee constant energy and environmental monitoring before and after the operation and the check of performance and of results whose data, together with the reports, are regularly shared with the customer.
  • Integrated solutions using renewable energy sources:

    The energy efficiency measures may be accompanied by the installation of systems or plants for the production of energy from renewable sources which can link up with each other, either through configurations of on site exchange or of total own consumption, thus optimizing the overall efficiency and reducing the need of primary fossil energy from the network. Our I.S.O.L.A. system, for example, based on energy storage technologies entirely from renewable sources, is perfectly integrated with the energy efficiency policies by ensuring a consistent and reliable delivery of energy at highly competitive rates
ORGANIZATION

The company employs designers and experts in the energy sector, coordinated by a Bureau Veritas certified EGE under the UNI CEI 11339.
The IVPC 4.0 is certified ISO 50001 and UNI CEI 11352.

Agreements and Partnership concluded:

  • Alto Calore Servizi S.p.A. (AV)
  • ATS Elettronica S.r.l. (AV)
  • Municipality of Guardia dei Lombardi (AV)
  • Municipality of Montecalvo Irpino (AV)
  • Municipality of Morra de Sanctis (AV)
  • Municipality of Baselice (BN)
  • Municipality of Foiano di Val Fortore (BN)
  • Municipality of Ginestra degli Schiavoni (BN)
  • Municipality of Molinara (BN)
  • Municipality of Montefalcone di Valfortore (BN)
  • Municipality of Paduli (BN)
  • Municipality of Reino (BN)
  • Municipality of San Giorgio La Molara (BN)
  • Municipality of San Marco dei Cavoti (BN)
  • Municipality of Vitulano (BN)
  • Centro Sportivo Caravaggio Sporting Village (NA)
  • Municipality of Poggio Imperiale (FG)

Wind farms O & M



Wind farms O & M

  • Ordinary and extraordinary turbines maintenance
  • Ordinary and extraordinary maintenance for civil works
  • Remote monitoring of the plants, service 24/7 and technical reports
  • Measurement of the electricity produced, metering, power modulation, curtailed generation, business relations with the Customs Agency
  • Management of purchase orders on buyer’s behalf  for consumables and spare parts
  • Management of stock’s warehouse and monitoring of stock levels
  • Main Components replacement (blades, generators, gearboxes) and repairing on-site or at factory
  • Management and realization of Retrofit/Upgrade and Refitting


O&M IVPC: MW managed Breakdown by ownership of the plants

IVPC 270 MW, THIRD PARTIES 470 MW


Our technical organization is structured as follows:

  • No. 8 engineers, no. 2 geologists, no. 1 architect at technical management department, operating control, supervision, quality, environment and safety management
  • No.70  wind turbine technicians (training CEI 11-27), qualified in blade repairing, installation and assembly of macro and micro wind turbines – training certification by Vestas and Northern Power systems - refitting
  • No. 10 HV/MV electrical technician (training CEI 11-27), 2 of them responsible for metering, 2 responsible for civil works, 2 responsible for warehouse logistics and data entry and 2 of them have qualification for carrying out joints and terminations on HV/MV cables
  • No. 2 anemometry technicians 
  • No. 4 technicians responsible for monitoring h24/7
IVPC is structured so widespread over 7 Italian regions.

O&M IVPC: 740 MW by Region

Basilicata 44 MW, Calabria 203MW, Sicilia 172 MW, Campania 236 MW, Puglia 85 MW


The operation and maintenance services are carried out through a monitoring and coordination center. Through SCADA systems, it carries out the remote surveillance and acquires data in real time 24/7, 365 days a year. The company can boast highly qualified and certified staff which allows the achievement of operating performance such as “availability”, whose values are above the competitors’ standards (1135 MW managed in the last seven years – IVPC Group  standard: 97.6% - 98.3% - competitors’ standards: 97%).

Blade Repairing



A blade is a set of structural elements bonded together by gluing: a coupling flange, a spar and two shells (overwind and under wind) which confer the aerodynamic shape required for the functioning of the turbine.

VPC Service inspections allow the identification of the type of constructions as well as the categorization and damage assessment due to:

  • Delamination
  • Holes
  • Dissection
  • Micro cracking
  • Surface deterioration
  • Damages to the lightning protection system
All repairs are carried out at height thanks to the aid of aerial platforms, with the aim of restoring the performance of the blade and maintaining its integrity with methods and techniques deriving from many years of experience and continuous training.

The repair activities carried out include the restore of shell surfaces and the restore of the head of the blade, the restore of the leading edge of the blade and of the lightning strikes system as well as the Top Coat reconstruction. In the event that the repair requires disassembly of the blade and the transport to a warehouse, IVPC Service can take care of all the preparatory activities avoiding delays and independently arranging the entire process.

HV/MV Systems O&M and troubleshooting for cable ducts



IVPC Service manages the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance for HV/MV substation and MV/LV cabins for renewable energy plants, including tests for equipment parameters, thermographic surveys and inspections for overload protection relays. Furthermore, it offers services for trouble shooting, insulation testing and LV/MV cable testing using cutting-edge technology for the localization of underground cables faults and insulation tests according to the CEI 11-17 rule, such as:

  • Centrix Fault Location System – Voltage 0 / 80 kV; VLF equipment 0,1 Hz; teleflex 0 - 120 km; pre-location systems ICE (impulse current method), ARM process (DC) , 0 - 80 kV travelling wave method, 0 - 20 kV ARM burning process
  • Mobile Compact System Sebakmt – Voltage 0 / 80 kV; teleflex 0 - 120 km; pre-location systems – impulse current method, ARM process (DC) , 0 - 80 kV travelling wave method, 0 - 20 kV ARM burning process
  • Portable multi functional system SPG 40 – Voltage 0 / 40 kV; teleflex 0 - 50 km; pre-location systems ICE (impulse current method), ARM process (DC) , travelling wave method 0 - 40 kV

Anemometry and anemology



The process of ascertaining the average wind resource of a site is the essential requisite in order to determine technical and economic parameters of a wind project.  This assessment is carried out through anemometric and anemological analysis.

  • ANEMOMETRY
Over the last 20 years, IVPC Service has developed a corporate policy based on the acquisition of cutting-edge technology, know-how and equipment required in order to carry out a proper and careful anemometrical study.  Good anemological characterization depends above all on a good anemometrical study which, through the orographical analysis, ascertains the location of the anemometric devices and once installed the anemometric towers keeps their reliability and functionality.  Thanks to the experience acquired, IVPC Service is able to install anemometric towers whose hub heights range from 10 to 80 m., carry out towers and devices maintenance for the whole period of the measurement study (sometimes it takes several years), collect the anemometric data both on-site and by GSM grid (remote control).

  • ANEMOLOGY
The choice and processing of data collected during the anemometrical study, the subsequent wind simulations, as well as the correlation with long-term wind databases, allow extracting the wind speed and directions expected at hub’s height for each turbine of the wind farm.  Once identified the performances provided for by the turbines’ manufacturer, it is possible to determine the output for each wind turbines.  IVPC Service is able to offer all technical services useful in order to complete the development phase, among these:

  • Anemometric Analysis
  • Validation and processing of wind data collected (time series data, monthly tables, Weibull distributions, frequency charts,  wind shear, climatological tables, turbulence intensity)
  • Anemologic simulation
  • Territory models and extrapolation of the wind field expected at hub’s height
  • Layout optimization and producibility assessment
  • Definition of the best wind farm layout

Energy trading services and promotion mechanisms



The intermediation activities relative to electricity sales and Green Certificates are carried out by a specific structure based in Rome which operates in the electricity trading sector with the aim of maximizing the objectives of the companies owning production plants, by looking after and carrying out all the connected operations and activities (management of contracts, analysis and checking of data, monitoring the Stock Exchanges, checking integrated commercial proposals, etc.).

In a year, the trading office manages, as a general rule, the trading of 750 GWh of electricity and about 750,000 Green Certificates. As regards the Green Certificates for the period 2005-2015, they had a selling price higher than the average stock value (+3,5%). The trading office of IVPC Group, thanks to the experience acquired, is considered a point of reference for all the operators of the sector who wish to out-source extremely articulated activities. It acts as interface in relations with the Institutions and Bodies of the electricity sector, such as the Transmission Grid Operator and the Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas.

Metering and Plants’ Management



IVPC Group is able to offer metering services, thanks to the experience acquired (about 10% of the total wind energy installed over Italian territory).
The metering department acquires data several times a day (quarter hour metering) from the meters placed on the area, elaborates about a thousand power curves, monthly gives to the involved departments output data as per invoicing or incentive criterion.
Furthermore, IVPC Group structure is able to offer the following additional services:

ADVICE AND SUPPORT DURING THE OPERATION AND COMMISSIONING OF THE WIND FARMS

This activity aims to define the advice and assistance with the following bodies:

  • Customs Agency
  • Gestore dei Servizi Energetici – GSE S.p.a. - The state-owned company which promotes and supports renewable energy sources (RES) in Italy
  • Terna S.p.a. - (Italian Grid Operator for electricity transmission)
  • Enel S.p.a. (Italian leading player in power market)
CUSTOMS AGENCY

  • Submission of substitutive or extensive statement to the Customer Agency
  • Support for sealing and unsealing, authorizations to break or remove the seals, reapplication of the removed seals
  • Assistance during the periodical or extraordinary fiscal checks by Customs Agency officers
ADRAWING UP OF THE CONSUMPTION DECLARATION

  • Drafting and submission of the meter readings register (“registro di allibramento”) to the competent Customs Agency 
  • Processing of data necessary for the drafting of the annual consumption declaration
  • Drawing up and writing out of the electronic document for the annual consumption declaration and transmission
GESTORE DEI SERVIZI ENERGETICI – GSE S.P.A.

  • Relations with “Gestore dei Servizi Energetici - GSE S.p.A.
  • GCs issues
  • Assistance during the stipulation of the agreement for purchase and resale (ritiro dedicato) agreements in compliance with AEEG’s decision 280/07
  • Assessment and control of curtailed wind power generation
TERNA

  • Relations with Terna S.p.A. (Metering department) for the management of metering units
  • Assistance for  GAUDI portal (Gaudi is an application created by TERNA for the management of the Registry of Electric Energy Production Plants)
  • Management of remote meters reading
  • Management of dispatching agreement and energy transmission 
  • Calculation of hourly curve in case of anomalies
  • IA (index of Reliability) assessment and control
  • Data to GSTAT web application

GWO training services



IVPC Service enhanced its experience in the training field and it provides, as a Certified Training Provider, the modules established under the GWO Global Wind Organisation standards.

Standard Global Wind Organisation

Made of a set of leading companies in the wind energy market, which brings together privates, turbine and utilities manufacturers, GWO is a non-profit organization that aims to create a safe working environment free of accidents through the identification of joint training standards about safety and emergency procedures. The international certification issued by GWO gives the opportunity to train and educate the workers belonging to the field of wind energy in compliance with the highest industry standards for safety.

BST Basic Safety Training

GWO created a Standard Package for Basic BST Technical Training designed to give attendees the knowledge of risks, in order to encourage them to adopt an appropriate behavior during all phases, and to learn the techniques to perform their tasks properly, through the appropriate use of the Personal Protection Equipment, emergency equipment and evacuation procedures.

Benefits

GWO standard stands out because all the contents of the planned training modules are specifically formulated for the wind industry, and are therefore perfectly tailored to the needs and issues related to our industrial concern.

Aims

The members of Global Wind Organisation acknowledge that the training provided and received in accordance with this standard covers the requirements for the BST (Basic Safety Training) for technicians and personnel working on the turbines.

IVPC Service, in partnership with FORM UP, provides training courses for the four modules that make up the standard BST:

  • MANUAL HANDLING;
  • FIRST AID;
  • FIRE AWARENESS;
  • WORKS AT HEIGHT
Description of GWO Modules

Manual Handling
Duration of the course: 4 hours
Validity of the course: 24 months

Fire Awareness
Duration of the course: 4 hours
Validity of the course: 24 months

First Aid
Duration of the course: 16 hours
Validity of the course: 24 months

Works at Height
Duration of the course: 16 hours
Validity of the course: 24 months

Administration and accounting



As regards the development of new wind projects, IVPC Group was a pioneer in Italy having planned, constructed and commissioned approximately 1200 MW over the last 20 years. The company has installed up to 700 anemometers, 100 of which still operating.

With regard to the searching out of financial resources, IVPC is considered a leader player in the obtainment of bank loans in the nature of project financing. In the years 2006/2009 alone, IVPC Group negotiated and undersigned bank loan agreements in project financing which amount to approximately Euro 859 millions. Today, IVPC Group has a well-structured organization which is able to offer very flexible and qualified services. Among these: 

Accounting and fiscal performances

  • accounting services and drawing up of the Financial Statements (both IAS/IFRS and ITA GAAP)
  • creditors reconciliation
  • drafting of periodical financial statements (profit and loss account and balance sheet)
  • relations with Italian Revenue Bodies;
  • spare parts management and inventory;
  • drafting of Unbundling statements (mandatory administrative and accounting unbundling)
Treasury and Finance

  • arrangement and updating of the financial models (Project Financing, Leasing, etc.);
  • drafting and submission of the operating budget in compliance with financial documents
  • bank reconciliations
Institutional Affairs and GCs Sale

  • management of contractual obligations and of relations with landowners and local bodies
  • Relationships with GSE (Gestore Servizi Energetici) and TERNA Spa
  • Trading: green certificates sale
Sales Department

  • Relationships with customers and suppliers
Safety

  • Health and safety reports (injuries, near miss, etc.)
Production data

  • Production data analysis (comparison between the target and the actual production of energy at scheduled intervals)

Maintenance of photovoltaic power plants



Furthermore, IVPC Group looks after the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance for photovoltaic plants. The optimization of the operating performance and the projected useful life of the plants require periodical maintenance in order to improve the efficiency of the equipment (solar panels, inverters, transformers and electromechanical equipment).

The main activities for the ordinary maintenance of PV plants essentially include cleaning, surveillance and control of electrical components and performances. Among these: 

  • Control and clamping of the anchor bolts
  • Control and replacement of clamping components (bolts, clamps, etc.)
  • Control and clamping of all the electrical wiring and junction
  • Control and removal of potential obstacles in the canalization and/or in the inverter cooling system (heat sinks placed in the frontal area: leaves, nests, beehives, etc.)
  • Cleaning of all the solar panels’ surfaces
  • Control and removal of residual stains, scratches and damages over the solar panels surfaces (glass)
  • Control and removal of oxidation from the circuits and internal welding and/or damp and condensation removal
  • Visual inspection for all the electrical equipment placed in the interface board
  • Control and clamping of all the electrical connections
  • Execution of the operational tests for protection breakers
  • Interface board cleaning
  • Visual inspection and clamping of all cables belonging to the transformer
  • Transformer cleaning
  • Cleaning of the interface board and transformer spaces
  • Electrical operational test
  • Interface protection operational tests
  • Output verification
  • Execution of thermographic surveys for each solar panel under uniform radiation conditions
  • Execution of thermographic surveys for junction box
  • Execution of thermographic surveys for interface board and metering unit

Turnkey services for micro-wind systems



Thanks to the experience acquired in developing, planning and installing wind turbines, IVPC Group is able to offer turnkey services for supplying and installation of micro-wind systems as well as their ordinary and extraordinary operating and maintenance services.

The technical offer includes the following services:

  • Anemometrical analysis and advices about turbine’s model and brand according to the site specifications
  • Design
  • Submission of documents to Public Authorities and Bodies involved in the authorizing procedures
  • Supplying of turbines which meet customer requirements
  • Realization of the civil works to be carried out before the installation
  • Realization of electrical works
  • Turbine’s Erection (including cranes)
  • Connection to the grid and delivery point
  • Commissioning
  • Planned maintenance for turbines (including consumables)
  • Corrective maintenance and intervention service
  • Extraordinary maintenance and main components replacement
  • Remote control