Fiumicino airport will be home to Europe’s largest self-consumption photovoltaic system

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Technology, digitalization and high-profile collaborations are all part of our commitment to the energy transition that continues as we pinpoint new sustainable development areas and more innovative solutions. Our aim is to expand even more extensively the use of renewable sources, optimize and electrify consumption, and provide business models capable of increasing value for the territory and people’s welfare.

Within this context, in order to accelerate Aeroporti di Roma’s sustainability path for the Fiumicino international airport hub, our Group with Enel X is preparing to build Europe’s largest self-consumption system at an airport in collaboration with Circet Italia SpA, a leading company in the field of infrastructure development. The plant will be located parallel to runway No. 3 at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport, covering a 340,000-square-meter area with approximately 55,000 state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels. Once fully operational, it will have a capacity of 22 MWp with a production of around 32 GWh of renewable energy per year.

Thanks to our leadership in implementing innovative solutions in the energy sector, this one-of-a-kind project in an airport environment will contribute to avoiding the emission of more than 11,000 tons of CO2 at Fiumicino Airport, the equivalent of planting about 100,000 trees per year. This is in line with the leading Italian airport hub’s path towards zero emissions by 2030, ahead of the targets set by the European airport sector.

It is an ambitious project destined to bring added value to an airport hub that has decided to focus on digitalization, security, innovation and environmental sustainability in order to provide people with an even more efficient and sustainable travel experience.

Work will begin on the new solar plant by the end of 2023, and will completed in 2024. The plant will be made with the industry’s most cutting-edge technologies to ensure that the installation requirements are fully met. It will have a housing structure, substations and electrical conduits, as well as a storage system based on the use of electric vehicle batteries in their second-life cycle, which is fully in line with circular economy principles.

The 10 MWh storage is the result of a prior collaboration between Enel X and Aeroporti di Roma on the Pioneer Project (airPort sustaInability secONd lifE battEry stoRage) and will be able to cover any possible peaks in energy demand at the airport, especially during the night.

The continuation of the path begun by Enel X and ADR shows once again how the energy transition is capable of generating numerous growth opportunities for the Italian economic system. It is also an opportunity for the people who will benefit from an even more sustainable and innovative hub, a future point of reference for the development of infrastructure dedicated to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.