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Udinese, with Bluenergy the stadium will become a photovoltaic system

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Udinese, with Bluenergy the stadium will become a photovoltaic system

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Udinese’s stadium will produce solar energy. The Pozzo family club and its partner Bluenergy Group have announced the start of work to build a photovoltaic system on the roof of the stadium owned by the club. Over 2,400 latest generation solar panels will allow the production of an average of approximately 3,000 kWh/day, making the structure partially self-sufficient in energy terms. The facility renovated in 2013 is thus a candidate to become a point of reference in Europe for the stadiums of the future in terms of design, multifunctionality, safety and environmental and economic sustainability.

The construction site

The design phase, managed by Bluenergy Group with the support of the Polytechnic of Milan as energy advisor, as explained by the general director of Udinese Franco Collavino, has ended and now we will have to move on to the executive phase. «We are recognized – added the general director of Udinese Calcio – as the most sustainable club in Italy and the fourth in the world and this motivates us to promote, together with a protagonist of the energy transition in our country like Bluenergy, projects that give further impetus to this commitment. Football moves unparalleled media levers and we have, in addition to the duty to act virtuously ourselves, that of conveying messages that involve fans in common action against climate change.”

The construction site involves the installation of 2,409 solar panels for a total of 4,615 m2 of surface area. The installation of the panels will be divided into two parallel sections distributed across the entire roof and their placement will fit into the context of the architecture of the stadium designed by Studio Casamonti. Furthermore, the design team is examining the opportunity to integrate a storage battery park with a capacity of 330 kW, useful for ensuring prolonged charge and discharge cycles and for increasing the potential of this system through storage systems, even in the with a view to promoting the energy transition and assisting the formation of energy communities.

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Bluenergy

Bluenergy Group, which is owned by the Curti family, is a multi-utility founded in Friuli Venezia Giulia in 2002 and operates in the market for the supply of electricity, methane gas and services dedicated to private individuals, SMEs and large companies throughout Northern Italy. It is present in the area with over 50 sales points and has been a partner of Udinese since 2018. In recent years it has supplied the Juventus club with energy coming exclusively from renewable sources, making it possible to save 5,620 tonnes of CO2 to date. A result which, together with the new solar park, which is expected to come into operation by next October, brings the club closer to the implementation of an energy transition path that aims at the total elimination of emissions. An objective that also involves Udinese in the context of the Sustainability Working Group of the European Club Association (ECA) in defining the continental roadmap of football clubs on the sustainability front.

The Bluenergy Stadium (the energy company has recently acquired the naming rights of the structure) is a candidate to be the leading sports facility for Italian football in the challenge to eliminate CO2 emissions. «Together with Udinese Calcio we can say we are truly proud of being promoters and implementers of a virtuous energy production system capable of combining sustainability, energy efficiency and return to the territory – explained Alberta Gervasio, CEO of Bluenergy Group -. Together with the numerous activities we carry out daily, being part of this project makes us an increasingly active part of local sustainable economic development. Sustainability today represents an essential aspect in the life of companies and individuals and is a concrete investment both in terms of quality of life and in terms of economic return on the territory”.

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