In terms of installed generation capacity and energy efficiency, hydropower is the most exploited renewable energy source in the world.
This is also the case of Italy, thanks to a suitable soil tipology and water availability.
The operating principle of a hydropower plant is very simple: mechanical energy turns into electricity.
The potential energy of the water coming from high altitudes, moving downstream through rivers, canals and waterways, is converted into electrical energy through special turbines. The primary source is rainwater.
The power of a hydraulic system depends on two key elements:
In case of a series of hydropower plants, water is collected at the exit of the first one and is sent to the second one to be used on a new jump. This way, proceeding downstream, the volume of water increases due to the contribution of new inputs. Water is therefore used several times inside the plants to better exploit its energy content.
Hydropower plants fall into 3 basic groups:
Our hydropower production dates back to the early 1900s.
The Company’s portfolio currently includes 15 hydropower plants located in northern Italy (Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont), basically divided into:
They are a key asset either from a production and from an artistic point of view (some facilities were built in Art Nouveau style).
Hydropower contributes to the Sustainable Energy Development, meaningful to stress our long lasting commitment towards the Environment.