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The Digital Twin to Support Energy Efficiency of Gruppo

Italferr supporting Italy’s renewable energy project with digital twin technology

Sustainability Challenge

Energy Transition

An artist's rendering of solar panels next to a train track.

Story Highlights

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG Goal 7 affordable and clean energy.

SDG Goal 9 industry, innovation and infrastructure.

SDG Goal 13 climate action.

Utilized Software

Bentley Descartes, Bentley LumenRT, Bentley View, CONNECTION Client, ContextCapture, ContextCapture Viewer, iTwin, iTwin Platform, MicroStation, OpenBuildings Designer, OpenCities Map, OpenRail Designer, OpenRoads Designer, PLAXIS 2D, ProjectWise

Location

Italy

ORGANIZATION/COMPANY

Italferr S.p.A.

In a major effort to boost the amount carbon-free, renewable energy in Italy to 40% of total generation, Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane is installing solar farms that will generate a combined 2 gigawatts in 26 different locations throughout the country. Each facility requires numerous assets in addition to the solar panels, including structural support, monitoring systems, security systems, roads, and fences. Managing such a sprawling, complex project requires tight data management. Italferr, a partner on the project, used ProjectWise to establish a connected data environment. They then used Bentley’s design applications to create digital twins of each site, helping all stakeholders to understand the design intent and communicate with each other. The process improved productivity, saved work hours, and reduced the need for on-site travel, helping to increase Italy’s solar generation by 10 percent and continue the transition from more carbon-intensive power generation.