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Terminal San Giorgio of Genova port (Italy)

Terminal San Giorgio, one of Genoa's premier multipurpose terminals, represents a very peculiar case where the Logistic and Security needs of one the largest ports in the Mediterranean Sea are strictly connected and integrated in the city, through its residential and commercial neighborhoods.

The involvement of one of the biggest Port terminal operator and its Energy utility - Energrid - is fully leveraged by the support of the Liguria Regional Energy Agency.

Furthermore this action is fully integrated with Genoa Municipality sustainability actions, in fact Genoa not only has developed European-reference Sustainable Energy Action Plan, but is leading Genoa Smart City Association where D'Appolonia acts as Project Manager and Terminal San Giorgio is member.

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Neighbourhood Overview: Genoa Port

The Port of Genoa, strategically located in the industrial and commercial district of Northern Italy, stretches over a distance of 22 kilometers along the coast from the old harbour basin to the western end of Voltri. Operating as a one stop multi-purpose and multi-tasking port, Genoa is among the Country's leaders in terms of cargo handling: it covers almost the 20% of the goods (TEUs) loaded and unloaded in all Italian ports.

Genoa is a natural gateway between the Mediterranean Sea and the rest of Europe. The Port is included in the Rhine-Alpine Corridor that constitutes one of the busiest freight routes of Europe, connecting the North Sea ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp to the Mediterranean basin in Genoa.

As a core port of a core network corridor, Genoa is boosting its competitiveness through the development of integrated logistics services based on an extended system of inland logistic platforms, known as "dry ports". The reference territory of Genoa "extended port" is the area of Alessandria (Piedmont) that offers strategic railway and highway links with both Northern Italy and Southern Europe (Switzerland, Bavaria).

The port of Genoa is committed to be a sustainable port through the "greening" of its production cycle.

It was the first port in Italy to adopt a Port Environmental Energy Plan (PEAP), a guide for the implementation of both concrete actions and regulatory interventions in order to cut down CO2 emissions.

According to this strategy, the Port is promoting investments in the sector of energy efficiency and sustainable energy production. The main interventions include a wind farm of about 12 GWh/year to be implemented on the outer breakwater, 29 photovoltaic solar systems (5,600 kW) and 3 solar thermal systems to be installed on the buildings of the port. 

TSG manages two nearby Terminals (T1 - Ponte Libia and T2 - Ponte Somalia), resulting from a recent Merger and Acquisition operation of two Companies: Terminal San Giorgio and Terminal Frutta Genova. Ponte Libia covers a total surface area of 142,452 sqm, with two on-terminal rail tracks and a 1,200 sqm building hosting TSG offices and dressing rooms. Ponte Somalia covers an area of approximately 70,000 sqm, with 12,000 sqm of LIFFE/LME certified warehouse. Electricity is the only energy source available and TSG major uses are represented by: yard light towers, Ponte Somalia warehouse and Ponte Libia offices - dressing rooms, for a yearly energy consumption around 1.000 MWh/y. A 10kW photovoltaic system is currently under evaluation.

What TSG can do…

The two nearby Terminals, owned by the same Legal Entity, represent the right environment to study the neighbourhood interactions, without any need of grid implementations, nor specific commercial agreements. Moreover TSG can easily perform the role of "Neighbourhood Manager": being the infrastructure concessionaire, it has the direct control over the operations involving the two Terminals,  the electricity consumed, the electricity produced and – not least - the investment strategy.

…and what TSG cannot do

For both energy management and investment decisions, TSG must take into consideration some restrictions due to the operational environment and the national legislative frame. On one hand, its energy use is deeply affected by specific safety and security rules, under which the Terminal is obliged to operate. On the other hand, the decision on specific energy investments must prudently consider some open issues concerning the national regulation, mainly related to the incentives for distributed generation, storage systems and even neighbourhoods (in Italy called "Efficient Systems of Users"). 

Enhancing the Neighbourhood concept

TSG approach to the EPIC-HUB test site is the practical answer to this question:

"How can a critical infrastructure develop into an energy positive neighbourhood?"

A careful study of the AS-IS scenario has pointed out two main needs to fill the existing gap:

  1. A stronger link between operations and energy management;   
  2. A simple tool to plan and manage new investments in neighbourhood components (Renewable Energy Sources -RES- plants, storage systems, intelligent meters…). 

Main Features

Place: Genoa
Responsible: Natale Pessano
Neighborhood descr.: T1 - Ponte Libia; T2 - Ponte Somalia; over 20 nearby terminal

Contact Details

Contact Person: Natale Pessano - n.pessano[at]terminalfruttagenova.it
Tel.: +39 010 0894102
Fax: +39 010 0894129
Address: Palazzina ponte Libia 16100 Genova Italy