Cefla will build the new Data Center for CINECA

CINECA, Bologna scientific center will host “Leonardo”, the super-computer with 250 million billion operations per second.

BOLOGNA, February 22, 2021. The “European supercomputer Leonardo”, capable of developing a power of computing up to 250 million billion operations per second and with a storage capacity of over 100 petabytes (ie over 104 million gigabytes), will be housed within the structure of the ex Tobacco Factory, near the Bologna exhibition center.

In the other room of the same building there will be another data center, also 10MW at the service of INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics). Cefla won the tender, worth over 45 million euros, for the design and construction of the works of adaptation of the warehouses known as “Barrels”, organized by the Interuniversity Consortium CINECA. The supercomputer, funded by EuroHPC JU and the Ministry of University and Research, will be available to Italian and European researchers.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen for the realization of this important project,” says Massimo Milani, Managing Director of Cefla’s Engineering BU “It represents a great confirmation for us to the commitment and care that we put every day in the realization of the works entrusted to us. In this trip will collaborate alongside our partners of maximum importance and we are sure that this work will further contribute to increasing our reliability in the field of building ad structures very high technological value, such as Data Centers “.

In this context, Cefla places itself at the head of an ATI where the Vicenza building group ICM S.p.A. will take care of the structures, and a group of designers headed by DBA Pro S.p.A., will follow the executive design up to as build. The plant requires a TIER 4 Data Center level, so as to totally fault-tolerant (fault-tolerant). This system offers independent and multiple energy distribution paths, allowing thus maintenance and a possible further simultaneous failure, without generating interruptions in the flow of work. This guarantees 99.995% uptime, allowing for planned and total maintenance protection against physical events.

Deepening – The Leonardo HPC calculator

In the area prepared by Cineca, partly subject to artistic constraint since it was built in the 1940s on a project by engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, a supercomputer HPC (High-Performance Computing) among the most powerful in the world. The result of the collaboration between the French Atos and the American Nvidia, the computer, when fully operational, will be part of the European high-performance EuroHPC network and will have a computing power 10 times higher than the current Marconi100 system, also present in Cineca, which is among the most powerful computers in the world. The network EuroHPC has the dual objective of developing a pan-European pre-exascale supercomputing infrastructure (with the exascale calculation, 10 ^ 18 flops are reached, the unit of measurement with which the performance of a computer in floating-point calculations; with the EuroHPC system, 250 petaflops are reached, in aggregate, ed), and to support research and innovation activities.


Pursuing its goal of internationalization, Cefla acquires a 90% share in the German company Plant Engineering GmbH. Based in Leutesdorf, the company has an annual turnover of about 2.5 million.

Bologna, 14.01.2021. Cefla Engineering’s Energy Business Line, Italy’s leading constructor of electrical/thermal cogeneration power plants, now enters the German market with the acquisition of Plant Engineering, a company that enjoys widespread acknowledgement of its know-how throughout the industry. Cefla continues to pursue a strategy of internationalization.

After two years of doing business in Germany and in the wake of its completion of the key Cottbus cogeneration plant project, Cefla is strengthening its position on a market with major opportunities in “Green energy”, set to replace the classic coal-fired power station model. Plant Engineering GmbH has been working in the cogeneration power plant and biomass power plant sectors for about 15 years. It also provides plant engineering services to the energy sector and has consolidated experience, as acknowledged by the industry’s key German players. Thanks to the 90% share in Plant Engineering GmbH, Cefla is now a qualified operator able to provide EPC solutions to the German energy sector.

“We’re delighted and proud of this latest acquisition” states Massimo Pinoli, Cefla Engineering Development Manager “It’s a key part of our strategic internationalization plan and provides a focal point of excellence to develop innovative solutions that meet today’s energy transition needs.”

Cefla for Conserve Italia: a new cogeneration plant

Case History Conserve Italia: un nuovo impianto di cogenerazione | Cefla Impianti

The Conserve Italia plant in Massa Lombarda, in the province of Ravenna, now has a new electrical cogeneration plant, designed and built by Cefla Plant Solutions in the record-breaking time of just five months, including connection to existing plant systems.

The company, internationally renowned for successful brands such as Yoga, Cirio and Valfrutta, can now count on a plant that supplies 80% of its factory electricity requirements while, thanks to the cogenerator, reducing carbon emissions by 1,211 tons per year, or 515 TOE (tonne of oil equivalent). The overall efficiency of the cogeneration system is approximately 70%.

This plant, designed and developed by Cefla (which also has a long-term service contract to ensure its maximum reliability and performance over time) consists of a cogeneration unit producing 2.0 MWe, generated by a reciprocating gas-fuelled engine (Otto cycle) directly coupled to a three-phase synchronous electric generator. The unit was supplied complete with all the auxiliary devices needed for operation and a containment package designed to dissipate the radiant energy of the engine and reduce noise. Heat retrieval is made possible by a steam generator (powered by the engine exhaust fumes) and a heat exchanger on the engine cooling circuit.

“We are very thankful to Conserve Italia for choosing us as their partner on this important project”, states Roberto Cocchi, manager of Cefla Plant Solutions. “It’s a choice that reinforces our position as the leading plant engineering solutions provider to key firms in the high-end Italian agro-industrial sector”.

Cefla at the ACIMAC convention on “Energy saving in ceramics”

BAGGIOVARA, (Modena, Italy) – On 24 February 2016 a Convention on “Energy Saving in Ceramics” was held in Baggiovara, near Modena (Italy). The event was organised by ACIMAC – the Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machinery and Equipment for Ceramics – together with Ceramic World Review, a magazine specialised in the field of ceramics. Professor Paolo Zannini of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, who introduced the day, wanted to emphasise the importance of accurate energy management, an extremely significant factor for the ceramics sector, which has always been highly energy conscious.

Various themes were covered during the convention, with particular attention paid to the use of cogeneration in the field of ceramics. Cefla, which has over thirty years of experience as a technological partner in the ceramics sector, was represented among the speakers by Stefano Cocchi, Sales Engineer of the Plant Solutions Business Unit. He spoke on the subject of the ongoing development of cogeneration systems in the ceramics industry.

The new regulations pertaining to the self-production of electricity were introduced during the first part of the presentation, with particular reference to the legally required levels of energy performance for tax relief purposes, both in existing systems and in newly created systems. Secondly, an important case study regarding the substitution of a cogeneration plant with a new turbine was presented. The data showed that, thanks to White Certificates (CAR) issued to new plants, the substitution of cogeneration plants has become potentially interesting for the ceramics sector. Furthermore, considering the potentially major maintenance costs of an existing turbine, the possibility of re-evaluating the correct size of the plant (implementation of the plant, in the case of greater or lesser production, when the establishment has lower energy requirements than it had in the past) and the increased intrinsic efficiency of new machinery, the economic benefits appear extremely interesting for this sector, even at industrial level. Reviews of this kind can also become an opportunity to carry out energy assessments of the procedures, also evaluating the possibility of integrating the different technologies available: one example could be the pairing of solutions with an internal combustion engine with thermal recovery from furnaces or with the installation of a new turbine.

It was, in fact, a day of extremely interesting detailed analyses, with experts and companies which play leading roles in the field illustrating the major themes and new developments in the sector, both from a technical-application point of view and illustrating solutions that could be potentially useful for the further improvement of energy management within Italian ceramics companies.

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Kaleseramik, major new project entrusted to Cefla

 The Kaleseramik Group has entrusted Cefla to upgrade the control and supervision system that oversees the entire cogeneration plant for the two factories in Cannakale and Kalebodur (which make up the Can manufacturing facility in Turkey) and to engineer the insertion of a new spray drier.

A big step forwards, then, for this partnership with Cefla and its Plant Solutions Business Unit, begun over 15 years ago with the installation of a cogeneration plant that has, in the words of Kaleseramik’s top management, “provided us with huge benefits in terms of energy cost and emissions reductions”.

The Kaleseramik cogeneration system is one of the most complex and sophisticated ever built in the ceramic industry. The project, entrusted to Cefla, will involve the design, development and construction of key mechanical components, instrumentation and heat recovery system components, plus the supply of automation and supervision control devices (software and hardware). 
Three Siemens gas turbines with a total output of 21 MW will power, via their exhausts, nine spray driers and provide electricity for the entire manufacturing complex. An optic fibre network will ensure high speed transfer of all unit control signals while the new software will monitor the entire system via a user-friendly user interface, with constant recording and reporting of data.

“This renewal of the partnership with the Kaleseramik Group, states Claudio Modelli, Cefla Export Manager, “is, for us, an important demonstration of their faith in our work. It offers greatly appreciated confirmation of the soundness of our ceramic industry solutions, especially in the energy efficiency and cogeneration field and, above all, when that trust is shown by a Group so attentive to energy efficiency and the environmental impact of ceramic manufacturing”.

I love energy. Cefla has obtained the ISO50001 energy management certification.

We have obtained ISO50001 Energy Management certification! Cefla has obtained ISO50001 certification, the international standard that provides specifications for the creation and improvement over time of energy management systems and which aims at enabling the organisation to pursue ongoing improvement of its own energy efficiency. The project leader explained:

“Cefla has decided to commit itself to defining clear energy-efficient objectives, driven by a policy conceived to manage consumption in order to eliminate waste, reduce energy costs and above all lessen the environmental impact.”

While going through the process of obtaining certification, we started an internal communication project called “I Love Energy“ was launched. This entailed underlining the daily efforts each employee could make to effectively help save energy and improve the quality of the environment both inside and outside the company. This certification represents a major accomplishment for Cefla and reminds us of how great achievements are the sum of many small daily efforts.  

Cefla top of the class in the CRIF rating

Cefla has once again achieved “rating 1” for Cribis D&B (CRIF Group), a rating banks use to indicate maximum reliability. Gianmaria Balducci, President of Cefla explains: “More than being influenced by our 421 M€ turnover in 2014 – albeit 19% greater than in 2013 – rating 1 comes from the fact that our net financial position has gone from a negative value of 4 M€ in 2013 to a positive value of 10 M€ in 2014.” As we now reach the end of 2015, the company will enjoy a positive closure to the year, both in economic terms as well as those regarding renewal, change and innovation.