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  • Luigi Apicella - Terna Plus

    Describe your job.
    I deal with energy planning: in simple terms my work consists of rethinking the way in which people generate, use and think about energy: you go to a company, you see how energy is used and you understand how you can help it to do better, in a more efficient and perhaps more sustainable way for the environment and the business itself.

    Specify three positive aspects which describe your work at Terna.
    One of the most positive aspects is having to constantly invent new solutions. It's rare that you just fall back on precedent, there's always a new path waiting to be defined. Of course, based on solid foundations. My work is centred around aspects which require high levels of involvement, both internally, within the company, and beyond. And then there's the work environment. We're all young and highly motivated so this is part of the inspiration which is generated and in turn something which generates this sense of innovation in the work environment.

    What does Terna Plus do?
    The underlying concept of Terna Plus is to take what Terna does best and understand how to apply it on the market. In doing so, we realise that this company is capable of doing lots of things, so there's lots we can bring to the market!

    Are there any projects you are particularly proud of?
    The Smart Island Project! The perfect example of what we do: we start from something the company knows how to do – renewable energy installations, storage, network management – and use it to re-plan contexts where these services are required. Just like islands, which are like a "miniature" Italy, without being connected to the outside, and therefore containing all the complexities of an electrical system, coupled with all the opportunities of a place where there is generally lots of sun and wind, so a space requiring replanning in terms of energy. It's extremely exciting to work on a project like this!
  • Eleonora Marchegiani - Environmental Engineering

    What do you like the most about your job?
    I studied environmental sciences and my objective was to be able to do something positive for the environment. Here at Terna I am able to achieve this, also thanks to all my colleagues who have decided to follows us in this different vision, which is more linked to sustainability. For example, today we are capable of building better localised or masked installations with a reduced visual impact. Installations which achieve the right balance between construction cost, social cost and environmental cost.

    What is innovation for you?
    Apart from technological innovation, which can mean a new type of underground cable rather than a new low-visual-impact support – which also requires careful consideration of the installation location – innovation is also about being able to capture the best ideas from different colleagues. Good ideas for improving works in progress. It can also be a different, more simplified procedure. This is also innovation.

    What do you think about the transition of experiences between more and less senior professionals?
    It is really important that a unit includes new, younger individuals. This enables you to pass down not only all that you have learnt in the field, in technological terms, but also the enthusiasm and importance of cooperation between various units and supervisors. It also helps to convey the importance of carrying out our work ethically, which is fundamental in units like the one I work for.

    Are you happy in the morning when you go to work?
    Of course! I'm a very lucky person because of the work I do, because it's what I studied to do and because I work in a strong and tight-knit team. A large company like Terna gives you the chance to see both sides of the coin. It enables you to meet lots of people and work from the north to the south, from cities to the Alps and even on beaches!
  • Thomas Marchiori - Power line operations

    How would you describe your job?
    My job involves the maintenance of overhead high-voltage power lines. It's a fun job, undoubtedly. And challenging. It requires continuous training, especially in terms of safety, while also involving a certain amount of physical effort.

    Is safety important in your job?
    It's fundamental. Working at heights of 40, 50, 60 metres involves risks which must be at least reduced to a minimum, if not entirely eliminated.

    How much does training count?
    Training in this line of work is fundamental. Investment is always important for guaranteeing better safety and top results.

    What do you remember about when you first started?
    During my first few days of work I remember having absolutely no idea about what awaited me. It was one surprise after another! One thing that struck me in particular was the sheer size of equipment. The first time I went up a pylon I was terrified: it's not exactly something that you do everyday. Then over time it became fun.

    What do you like the most?
    Working outdoors and in a team, always being in contact with other people. This isn't a job you do alone, and that helps.

    Do you have a particularly significant memory regarding team work?
    A few years ago, a lot of snow fell in Rome and a shield wire broke, severing one line and seriously damaging two others. We had to restore operation in a particularly complicated situation and this required a considerable effort from all those involved. In the end, there was an immense feeling of satisfaction.

    What about innovation?
    Innovation is present in our work in a variety of ways. For example: before inspections were carried out on foot, whereas now we use helicopters too. There have also been changes to equipment, for example the positron for checking insulation. There are constant technological improvements in this line of work.