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Powel software used for Italian hydropower

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Enel Green Power has used Powel’s software to highly automate the planning and dispatching processes for the Valmalenco power plants.

The dam of Alpe Gera, which stores 68 million cubic meters of water, could have contained the entire
cathedral of Milan. Photo credit - Enel

The Powel software enables Enel Green Power to react nearly in real-time to balancing orders, relevant changes in the availability of power plants, weather data, and inflow observations for the entire valley.

Since 2018, Enel Green Power has productively used Powel’s software in the regional dispatching centre in Sondrio in Northern Italy. Powel’s solutions have been used for the whole business process related to the production planning and dispatch of the hydropower plants in the Lombardian valley, Valmalenco. These hydropower plants produce around 700 GWh annually and are bid to the market as an aggregated production unit. This means that nearly in real-time Enel Green Power optimises the overall production schedule of the power plants in the entire valley. Due to their high degree of flexibility, Enel Green Power’s power plants in Valmalenco are of strategic importance in Enel’s overall power plant portfolio in Italy, with an annual production of around 60000 GWh.

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