The current structure of the electricity system is distinguished by significant paradigm shifts with a sharp penetration in intermittent renewable sources, a fragmentation and distribution of production points and the simultaneous movement of the value axis from energy production to the provision of service.
It was within such a rapidly evolving scenario that Terna developed its first Three-Year Innovation, Research and Development Plan in 2015, which structures the company's innovative development strategy.
The rapid and impressive development of the NPRS (Non-Programmable Renewable Sources) requires new adequacy solutions and the development of systems that can reduce the impact of the related critical issues in the most effective and prompt manner possible, and also reach the objective of promoting the efficient use of electricity from renewable sources. To this end, in 2011, Terna undertook an ambitious storage systems testing program, which is sub-divided into two macro-projects, “Power Intensive” and “Energy Intensive”. The primary objective for each of these is to demonstrate the value of these innovative systems and test their capacities and potential. With developments in defence and control systems, the needs of the grid and Storage applications have also changed. In order to continually monitor technologies that are undergoing deep-seated changes, Terna has centralized its “Storage Lab” in Codrongianos (Sardinia), where seven different technologies are currently being tested, in conjunction with leading sector companies.