The first Powered anemometer has been installed in the headquarter of Micoperi in Ravenna

Wednesday July 1st 2015 it has been installed the first anemometer station of the seven planned by


The Micoperi flare tower where the anemometer has been installed

POWERED Project. The equipment has been placed on a former flare tower that is located inside the Ravenna headquarters of the Micoperi Marine Contractors Ravenna, which is one of the project partners. The monitoring activity is guaranteed on 4 different measurement planes, starting at a 4 meters height from the ground to reach more than 100 meters height; this allows to determinate with high accuracy also the wind intensity near the tower itself.
Within the next three months the remaining anemometers planned by POWERED Project will be installed: these ones, unlike the one installed in Ravenna, will all be supported by a 45 meters high trellis-worked and guyed structure. Here as well there are 4 measurement levels at different heights; the stations will be placed in almost all Italian regions along the Adriatic shore (Veneto, Emila Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia).
With this first installation, it has begun the final and central phase of the project: its primary goal is precisely the placement of anemometers, offshore and onshore, in order to collect data on the potential strenght of the wind with high accuracy, so to develop the use of ‘wind energy’ in the Adriatic sea.
The data from the POWERED stations will be assimilated by the weather prediction models to assess the offshore wind resource and to determine the expected energy production of future wind farms in the Adriatic sea. This is a unique service that allows the investors to meet the demand for “Predictable production”, which is requested by the national supplier of electricity.
For the development of offshore wind in Italy POWERED is an indispensable mean. It provides secure and certified data on wind power so to allow to program targeted investments. All the subjects interested in investing and working in the offshore field – entrepreneurs, banks, but also those who have to provide authorizations – will have a reliable product, recognized by banks and international investment funds. This request was raised directly by the italian Ministry of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, which is one of the most influential partners of the project.
The task of POWERED Project also includes the definition of common guidelines for the territories along the Adriatic shore, in order to streamline the bureaucracy before the phase of construction of the plants, but also to regulate their construction.
POWERED constitutes one of the most important achievements in our country on the path to use wind energy in a systematic and efficient way. «The project – says the head of the Scientific Committee, Prof. Ing. Renato Ricci, professor at the Polytechnic University of Marche – aims to define a ‘best practice’, that are the actions to be taken to program effectively the making of an offshore wind farm. Which has to be programmed and cannot be managed as a wind farm on mainland, because there are issues related to lines of vessel traffic, environmental, social etc. And in this case it doesn’t work to leave room to individual initiative. In this way POWERED has dealt with all the issues and brought out all the possibilities connected to building an offshore wind farm».
About the installation of the anemometer, Silvio Bartolotti, CEO of Micoperi, comments that «This is an important first step towards the realization of offshore wind farms. With the database we will get from the activities of the anemometers, we’ll can define in detail a project for the construction of an offshore wind farm». In this field, Micoperi has created long ago a start-up, Micoperi Energy, which deals with the development of alternative energy and in particular with the advanced wind power production.
Mara Roncuzzi, Councillor for the Environment of the Province of Ravenna, which is partner of POWERED, explains that «the installation at Micoperi of the new sophisticated anemometer accomplishes the contribution, already very significant, of Ravenna to the POWERED Project targets. The contribution has led to the provision of all requested document for the monitoring of the wind and, for the environmental sustainability, of any offshore plant. In addition, the Province has installed three small wind turbines in the port area for experimental purposes: they are testing the wind potential in so called ‘nearshore’ areas. The data will be extremely useful for a future update of the ‘energy plan’ of the Emilia-Romagna Region».
POWERED Project is the most important among those financed by the IPA Adriatic Cross-Border Program; it got an European funding of 4 million and 400 thousand euro. Italian partners are the Ministry of Environment, Regions Abruzzo (who is also the Project Leader), Molise, Puglia and Marche, the regional bureau Veneto Agriculture, the Province of Ravenna, the Polytechnic University of Marche, Cetma Group, Micoperi Marine Contractors. Montenegro and Albania participates with their respective Ministries of Economy, while for Croatia, the partnership is ensured by the city of Komiza.

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Lead partner Abruzzo Region Directorate for Bureau Affairs, Legislative and EC Policies, External Affairs Department for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Sector, Ministry of Economy of Montenegro Veneto Agricoltura, regional agency for agriculture, forestry and agri-food sectors

Province of Ravenna
Marche Region Environment and Landscape Department

Molise Region Programming Department
Apulia Region Mediterranean Department

Marche Polytechnic University
CETMA Consortium Engineering, Design and Materials Center Micoperi marine contractors srl

Italian Ministry for Environment and Land and Sea
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy, Republic of Albania

Municipality of Komiza
European Union Adriatic IPA