Energy efficiency: the new challenge.
Interview to Engineer Nicolò Savalli, co-founder with engineer Domenico Neri, of the Sicilian Company that is a surprising reality in the energy and environment market.
The 2015 is a breakthrough year for the energy world. In a global system that looks to 2020 and to the objectives to be achieved under the Kyoto Protocol, the culture of sustainability is a topic that cannot be neglected from no one: both from economic actors and ordinary citizens. Therefore, into a fast-expanding market, WiSNAM operates as a supplier of renewable power plants management systems as well as of energy management systems of buildings and industrial sites. A Sicilian, young and dynamic company that is rapidly acquiring relevant positions in the energy solutions sector. WiSNAM is ready to celebrate – on May 2016 – his tenth birthday.
The team led by engineers Nicolò Savalli and Domenico Neri, approaches the achievement of the company’s goal with the force of the challenge, remaining faithful to the principles with which this great adventure has started among the walls of the University of Catania.
Mr. Eng. Savalli, let’s start from the company name. Has the name WiSNAM an own history?
Yes. The name comes from nights spent meditating on many topics, among which wireless sensor networks that we wanted as part of acronym. Then, initially we cared about environmental issues and wireless sensors networks for ambient monitoring. The final part of the name I chose, among many, is connected in a way to Syracuse area where born the “SNAM Projects”, leading engineering company specialised in the design and construction of large onshore oil plants and other.
The first major objective achieved?
The realization of a distributed monitoring system, consisting of seven environmental stations, commissioned in 2008 by CUTGANA, University Center for the protection and management of natural environments and agro-systems, based in Catania.
How the company has changed over the years?
The company has changed a lot, especially since 2010, turning from a R&D Center to a company focused on two aspects: the supply of hardware products for the NFER sector (new sources of renewable energy) and the provision of solutions and services for the same areas of application. Specifically, in 2009, it begins the development of the service portal www.gekonet.it and the product line “Geko”, which opened up for us new markets and opportunities for more structured business strategies.
Environment and energy: the two markets where WiSNAM operates are sensitive areas and constantly changing. What is the WiSNAM’s approach to these dynamic markets?
From the beginning the approach to these two markets, to which belong hundreds of technological solutions on different levels and for different applications, has been that one to be a supplier of a cross-technological platform, transversal to all types of RENEWABLE power plants, energy production and beyond. And in particular, power plants and environment management and control systems, consisting of a complete hardware and software solution, easily accessible from any PC or portable devices.
In the last decade photovoltaic systems, both home and commercial, have increased exponentially. Today the market has changed and it is open to the challenge of monitoring systems. How WiSNAM responded to this challenge?
The challenge, which began in 2015, has implied carrying out – in this period of market deflection – a total redesign of the platform, by extending to further application fields, such as that of energy efficiency, optimizing it from a functional point of view, enhancing the appeal and ease use of our solutions and applications.
There is a further step in the field of renewable energies, the energy efficiency: is Italy prepared to this new step, according to your market-field experience?
Yes, the numbers show that in 2014/2015 people and companies have already invested in an important way in this sector with about 5,200 million Euros per year, of which almost half performed by unskilled operators in the field of energy efficiency, and the remaining by specialized operators. At the same time the competition is growing and we will have to find ways to differentiate ourselves and to grow as we are already doing.
Any important projects for the future? Is WiSNAM looking to new markets?
At the moment, the most important project is working on ourselves, on our structural growth, while at the same time looking to the future of distributed sensing technologies, whether they are related to the environmental and energy sectors. We are exploring foreign markets with caution and enthusiasm, extending the markets on the Italian territory. The 2016, 10 years after our birth, will be an important year in which we expect big surprises and confirmations.