Enel Green Power Automates Processes With Volue’s Software
Leading Italian power producer Enel Green Power has automated its planning and dispatching processes for the Valmalenco valley power plants with Volue’s software.
Volue 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 Valmalenco valley in Lombardia.
“With Volue’s software, we enable our dispatchers to forecast inflows accurately, and to use our precious water resources in an optimal way, thus increasing revenues and reducing imbalance costs significantly”, says Matteo Bossi, Head of the Regional Dispatching Centre in Sondrio.
Since 2018, Enel Green Power has used Volue’s software in the Regional Dispatching Centre in Sondrio in Northern Italy. Volue’s solutions have been used for the entire business process related to production planning and dispatch of the hydropower plants in the Valmalenco valley.
The hydropower plants produce around 700 GWh annually and are bid to the market as an aggregated production unit. This means that Enel Green Power optimises the overall production schedule of the power plants nearly in real-time.
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 60 TWh.
“The cooperation with Volue started with a test of Volue’s solution in Valmalenco in 2018 and we were impressed by the results”, says Davide Passuello, Project Manager for the Volue software implementation at Enel Green Power O&M Hydro Italy.
About Volue Smart Generation
Volue Smart Generation is a comprehensive software suite for optimising production from power plants as well as planning in an optimal way. The solution lets you optimise your entire portfolio of different assets such as hydro, thermal, renewables and battery storage as well as build up best practice processes to get the most value out of your assets and market volatility.
The Valmalenco installation has been running 24/7 automatically for the last two years and we are now implementing Volue’s software to cover the O&M production planning and dispatch processes for our entire hydropower portfolio.
“The Valmalenco implementation is a very good example of Volue’s focus on automation”, says Camilla Thorrud Larsen, Head of Product Strategy at Volue’s energy division.
“This project confirms our ability to implement our innovative software in a short time, which satisfies concrete business needs and creates high value for our clients. For most of them, automation of critical business processes is a key factor for success”, she adds.
For this project, Enel worked with Powel which has since rebranded as Volue.
About Enel Green Power
Enel Green Power is the Enel Group global business line dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of around 46 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.