Piedmont is the first and only Italian Region that has
conceived and made real a system of H2-related research
activities integrated with business strategies to develop the
hydrogen technologies market; the Turin 2006 XX Olympic
Winter Games will be an occasion to show some applications
of the actual R&D level of the Region.
Biathlon Stadium's reception structure in Cesana is going
to be in part powered by renewable energy during and after the
Turin 2006 XX Olympic Winter Games with a fuel cell and
photovoltaic energy system: in sunny hours, a 15 kWp photovoltaic system satisfies the energy consumption of the
reception structure, the surplus of energy becomes hydrogen
thanks to a high pressure electrolyser that refills 15 tanks at 55 bar.
The stored hydrogen feeds two 5 kW Plug Power GenCore
systems that work in parallel with the photovoltaic system and
helps it if the request will be higher than its capacity or satisfies
the consumption of energy in the hours without sun. During the
Olympic Games the energy system is going to be used to
provide energy to the press area, after the Olympics it will
become a hotel and the plant will provide clean energy to
certain parts of the building.
Four or more mobile fuel cell systems will be realized to
provide energy to as many info-points in the centre of the main
Olympic town in the Alps; at the end of the Winter Games the
fuel cells will be moved to Cesana, to power the main
stationary plant or to public buildings. During the Olympic
events four 1 kW generator will be placed among spectators to
show them the safety and the use of fuel cell systems.
A mini-fleet composed by ten electric mini-scooters,
powered by fuel cells and batteries, will go around for the main
Olympic cities showing the hybrid configuration of future
The high innovative value of the project and the
international attention in the Winter Olympics will provide a
launch-pad for industrial development in Piedmont and Italy.