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Torino Energy center

  1. 1. TORINO ENERGY CENTER Marco Filippi, Politecnico di Torino
  2. 2. Starting point of the project 1/2 The idea of an innovation cluster in Turin devoted to energy and environment was born in 2008, in the context of the “Piano Territoriale Integrato” named “Energy sustainability as development factor: a plan for Torino”, a planning action carried out by the town government concerning economical development, environmental sustainability and social cooperation at the regional scale. The cluster (a group of independent undertakings: innovative start-ups, small, medium and large enterprises as well as research organizations) was originally designed to stimulate innovative activity by promoting intensive interactions, sharing of facilities and exchange of knowledge and expertise and by contributing effectively to technology transfer, networking and information dissemination among the undertakings in the cluster (Community framework for state aid for research, development and innovation 2006/C 323/01).
  3. 3. Starting point of the project 2/2 The Turin Energy Cluster was originally designed as a system of locations, actors and relations in order to develop the market of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources by a network in which various subjects were involved: - Politecnico di Torino - Università di Torino - I3P Politecnico di Torino - Incubator Università di Torino - Environment Park polarized in 2 different locations: • Polito Energy Center (Cittadella Politecnica) • Energy Park (Parco Dora)
  4. 4. The Energy Center 1/4 During the formulation of the strategic plan, the two different locations became only one (Cittadella Politecnica). A preliminary design of the area and of the building hosting the Energy Center was carried out by the P&CM Office of the Politecnico di Torino at the beginning of 2011. The plan of the building was associated to a feasibility study carried out by Finpiemonte, the finance company of Regione Piemonte. The mission of the Energy Center was detailed in • supporting the R&D&I system at regional level (universities, regional innovation center, private research centers) • developing skills and knowledge already present in the regional area • increasing the access to market of clean and smart energy technologies • increasing facilities and services for R&D&I activities
  5. 5. In the feasibility study (March 2011) the «new» Energy Center was described as a competence center in the field of clean & smart energy technologies and a place for technological experimentation, in order to support the generation and development of projects and to disseminate the know-how among all scientific and economical subjects, at local and national level. The functions of the building were described as follows: • a multi-functional infrastructure mainly focused on the last phase of applied research (test of components and systems) • a modular space with high flexibility to offer location services to small, medium and large enterprises as well as research organizations • a test lab where SMEs can develop promising technologies • a place for temporary incubation on innovative start-ups in the field of clean&smart energy technologies, in close connection with the incubator I3P (Politecnico di Torino). The Energy Center 2/4
  6. 6. The Energy Center 3/4 The project was approved by the Town Council in May 12, 2011. Regione Piemonte approved the project and communicated the availability of the funding on May 17, 2012. The P&CM Office of the Town of Turin was taking care of the building process and of the related tender. The executive design of the building was carried out by the P&CM Office of the Town of Turin and it was approved by the Town Council on November 27, 2012. The European tender will be launched in Spring 2013 and the end of the construction is expected in Summer 2015. The estimated construction cost is 15,3 M€.
  7. 7. The Energy Center 4/4 The total investment is worth 19 M€ and it is financed by • Regione Piemonte (14 M€), by the fund for renovation of old industrial areas (POS-FESR funds 2007-2013) • Compagnia di San Paolo (4 M€) • Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Torino (1 M€), by the fund assigned to Politecnico di Torino for purchasing scientific equipment The life tenancy will be given to Politecnico di Torino. The Energy Center will be built on a brownfield, where the Westinghouse factory was located; becoming part of a large process of urban renovation (Spina 2), close to Politecnico di Torino campus.
  8. 8. POLITECNICO:Sede Centrale POLITECNICO: Cittadella R. UNIVERSITARIA: Borsellino EX OFFICINE FERROVIARIE
  9. 9. You are here
  10. 10. General views of the area as it is
  11. 11. First phase (red colour): total gross floor area 8.830 square meters
  12. 12. Basement -4,48m Parking (1900 m2) Technical and service spaces Cafeteria and relax area Ground floor +0,00m Entrance hall and reception Conference room «Heavy» Laboratories Floor 1 +8,37m Offices Floor 2 +12,57m Offices Floor 3 +16,77m «Light» Laboratories Roof +21,17m Technical rooms and test-site Building 1/4
  13. 13. The ground floor higher than all other floors (8 m), it is devoted to «heavy» labs in which it is possible to test small energy converters (electrical generators, micro- cogenerators, electrical motors) and small energy storage. The converters will be able to be integrated into the general energy system of the building. The first and the second floors host offices and open spaces. The third floor hosts a «light» lab where it’s possible to test electrical appliance, ICT systems, devices for domotics, monitoring and energy systems control. Building 2/4
  14. 14. The roof it is a flat roof designed as a test-site it will host structures with high flexibility and living labs to test materials, solar panels and building envelope components. A vertical shaft is foreseen to connect all the floors physically and to hold: - mechanical piping - electrical cables - data communication network Building 3/4
  15. 15. Building 4/4 The building will be a nearly Zero Energy Building. It will consume a very low quantity of thermal energy (high insulated envelope) and electricity (LED lighting) and it will be provided by - connection to district heating - TH panels to produce hot water - PV panels to produce electricity - high efficiency refrigerating equipment. The building will be a sustainable building certified according to the Italian certification procedure ITACA.
  16. 16. Work in progress 1/2 A team composed by the funding bodies (Città di Torino, Regione Piemonte, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT) and Politecnico di Torino is working on, in strict cooperation with Environment Park. At present the team is  revising the Energy Center core mission and carrying out different value propositions as • a “business and research center” in which SMEs can carry out R&D&I activities in cooperation with Politecnico di Torino • a “services center” in which SMEs can find assistance for European project management, recruitment, partnership search, IP management, exploitation management, fund raising
  17. 17. Work in progress 2/2 • a “test facility” in which SMEs can find equipment and technicians to test their promising technologies • an “interdisciplinary center” in which energy policies and economical aspects of the energy systems can be discussed.  analysing the regional and national reference market getting in contact with industrial and institutional stakeholder  looking at different models of organization and management  carrying out a business plan  scheduling an operational plan for start up  planning the communication strategies of the initiative.
  18. 18. Thank you for the attention Marco Filippi, Politecnico di Torino marco.filippi@polito.it

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