Sustainable and efficient – our special projects

We think ahead. We offer insurance against loss of heating, the Smart Heat innovation project, a contracting model
to improve heating plants and the re-municipalisation of electricity networks: with its numerous special projects, SEV is a pioneer, exploring the latest technical processes and tailor-made solutions to problems, always for the benefit of its members and local consumers.

As regards district heating, SEV has developed a form of “heating loss insurance” with its district heating plant operators. The member plants of SEV will conclude a service contract with an external provider who can intervene within 24 hours with a mobile unit should a heating plant in South Tyrol cease operation following a fire or a natural disaster or technical issues.

Each district heating plant pays an annual contribution according to its size and receives a guarantee that a mobile
heating unit of between 500 kW and 6 MW will be available for 365 days a year, available to deliver heat within one day. SEV, as a representative of the district heating plants in South Tyrol, was also been able to negotiate better conditions for its members in order to guarantee security of supply, especially for institutions such as nursing homes, schools and hospitals.

This “insurance” is essential in the winter months and such solidarity is only possible in South Tyrol, as the cost of a
heating plant not can be borne alone. The aim of the future “Smart Heat” project is to ensure the balanced use of local district heating plants via optimised heat production, as well as inventorying the network infrastructure and the use of future technologies, especially in the event of seasonal variations in consumption over the day.

New paths to success
Mobile Heat
Smart Heat
In co-operation with the consulting firm Syneco, SEV has developed a contracting model for the “optimisation” of plants operated by private and public customers. The aim is to improve thermal efficiency in heating plants and reduce heating costs to customers. The “optimisation” of the heating system, agreed with the customer, is financed by the district heating supplier in advance and the customer repays this “loan” with the cost savings achieved.

Decentralised distribution has meant that the feared extinction of municipal utilities has been avoided in Germany, which has 900 electricity and gas distributors. On the contrary: Germany has seen more than 50 new utilities created since 2007 and over 100 cases of energy networks being taken into or returned to municipal ownership, demonstrating a clear trend towards re-municipalisation. SEV therefore supports municipalities that wish to run the electricity networks in their area on an autonomous basis.

More precisely, since 2012 SEV has assisted 15 municipalities and the Vinschgau Energy Consortium (VEK) in transferring power networks from the state energy supplier ENEL to the regional body SELNET AG. The operation was a success: on 9 September 2014 the provincial administration approved the transfer of the systems to the nine municipalities making up the
VEK (Graun, Mals, Glurns, Taufers in Münstertal, Prad, Stilfs, Schluderns, Laas and Schlanders).

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