The Uffizi Gallery’s Botticelli room reopens with Cefla-supplied energy

With the inauguration of 17th October, the complex work carried out by Cefla Plant Solutions – together with the Integra consortium and the Cmsa cooperative – at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence came to a close. To the city and to art lovers this project has given back a renewed Botticelli room, home to masterpieces such as the ‘Birth of Venus’ and ‘Spring’.

Working with the Gallery always open to the public and in the midst of a series of temporary exhibitions (the work began in 2006), the contractors reconfigured the room in the manner of the original set-up conceived by Bartoli in 1948, characterised by broad beams of light streaming in through the new ceiling profile.
To comply with the project, a reticular structure, suspended above the room, was made: this preserves the original trusses of the Buontalenti theatre built for the Medici, which remain intact and accessible to researchers. This structure, moreover, supports the ceiling and has allowed the installation of an advanced electrical-mechanical system network that serves the room and adjacent chambers: all these systems can easily be accessed by technicians.
To increase the available display area the room was sub-divided into two spaces using floor-to-roof partitions, inside of which air intake ducting and electrical and other special equipment panels were inserted.

Other works carried out during the project included upgrading of the internal microclimate and lighting systems for the Sale dei Primitivi and the installation of a skylight in the Sala Archeologica.
Note also the underground concealment of system connection hubs and the setting up of a control booth beneath the Piazzale degli Uffizi. All achieved without ever closing the passageway to the tourists, who were able to enjoy the view of the square at all times.

Cefla takes part in Oracle Cloud Day in Milan

On 14th November in Milan, Cefla Plant Solutions participated in Oracle Cloud Day, the key event for digital transformation within companies and for the new frontiers of Industry 4.0.

During the day at the MiCo – Milano Congressi, a variety of meetings and conventions were held, which addressed the fundamental transformation taking place within organisations in the financial sector and the large supermarket chains, and the consequent operational changes required in work flows in order to achieve greater transactional efficiency.

In this regard Alessio Monni, Cefla Order Management, illustrated the case of Elettrica Roma Nord, a consortium company operating in the Utilities sector, in which Cefla has a 51% interest.

Elettrica Roma Nord has implemented an Oracle ERP Cloud system for handling processes relating to finance, the purchasing cycle, warehouse, sales reporting, cost accounting and work order management.

The project went live in 3 months together with a series of related services including warehouse goods inwards, the booking of invoices for goods and services and the handling of payment certificates. A bespoke application was developed using an extension of the Oracle Cloud platform for handling work orders, to enable management monitoring, and, finally, an order reporting platform was created using the Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service.

Cefla Plant Solutions at Cibus Tec to present trigeneration

Retrieved energy can ensure refrigeration down to -40°C, a perfect solution for many food companies, starting with the fruit and vegetable and meat processing sectors.

IMOLA. Cefla Plant Solutions’ cogeneration and trigeneration systems were illustrated at the 51st edition of Cibus Tec, one of the main technological innovation fairs for the agro-industrial sector, held in Parma from 25 to 28 October 2016. At the event, Cefla Plant Solutions – the leader in industrial and civil engineering plants – presented two technologies, both designed to improve energy efficiency and thus reduce costs and environmental impact. More specifically, a trigeneration plant allows, in addition to the production of electricity, retrieval of a part of the heat produced by the thermodynamic transformation. This can provide refrigeration at temperatures as low as -40°C. This new feature is particularly useful in all food applications where sub-zero storage is required or, for example, where foods, such as fresh meats, need to be stored at controlled temperatures.
“Trigeneration is a technology that we’re keen to develop for our customers”, explains Stefano Cocchi, Cefla Plant Solutions Area Manager. “Until now it was little known and under-developed in this market sector and the prospects are exciting. This is a market where we have already completed major projects, starting with the construction of a plant for an American company working in the vegetable sector”.

Cefla Plant Solutions at Tecnargilla 2016

Foto Tecnargilla 2016Tecnargilla, the last edition of which was held in Rimini from Monday 26th to Friday 30th September, is the world’s biggest ceramic and heavy clay fair.

his was the event’s twenty-fifth edition, a milestone for an international fair – jointly organised by Rimini Fiera and Acimac (Italian Association of Ceramic Machine and Equipment manufacturers) – that showcases ceramic and heavy clay manufacturing technologies.

This year the fair attracted over 500 exhibitors (displaying over an area of 80,000 m2; the fair has grown by 7% compared to the 2014 edition of this two-yearly fair), all showcasing the very best technological innovation currently available on the market. Of these, over 40% were non-Italian, coming from some 25 different countries, the most represented of which were China, Spain, Germany, Turkey and Portugal.

Needless to say, Cefla was there too (Hall 1, stand 199) to talk about cogeneration in the ceramic industry and to put forward and assess the best possible solutions together with customers.




Riwal Ceramics chooses Cefla for its new cogeneration plant

To renew its long-standing plant in Maranello where it produces the renowned Saime brand, Nuova Riwal Ceramics has chosen a high energy efficiency cogeneration plant by Cefla Plant Solutions. This new system, which replaces the one built in 1992, was designed, built and installed as a “turnkey” project. It can supply 4.4 MW of power and autonomously produces the electricity used to power the new production lines. The heat energy, instead, is fully retrieved by the spray driers used in the body preparation department. Everything has been designed to ensure outstanding energy efficiency. That is why it obtained the “High Efficiency Cogeneration” classification, which allows users to obtain so-called ‘White’ or Energy Saving Certificates (ESC) and ESU (Efficient System for Users) subsidies.

“Cefla has three decades of experience in designing and installing cogeneration plants for the ceramic industry. Riwal’s decision confirms how much the market appreciates our technical skills and our ability to identify the engineering solutions needed to optimise plants according to customer-specific production processes”, states Roberto Cocchi, managing director of Cefla Plant Solutions, “thus allowing perfect personalisation of the system and ensuring maximum energy efficiency”.

Cefla provides Fruttagel with highly eco-sustainable plant

Motore per Acea_Cefla e GECefla has designed a new electricity production plant for Fruttagel, the cooperative consortium (based in Alfonsine, in the province of Ravenna) which specialises in frozen foods, preserves and fruit drinks. The company, which has facilities in Emilia-Romagna and Molise, is a founder of the Almaverde Bio Consortium. It has always been extremely attentive to both product quality and the environment and has, for this reason, commissioned Cefla Plant Solutions to design a plant that can guarantee high energy efficiency and minimise environmental impact in terms of carbon emissions.

The project, expected to be completed over the coming months, features two container-mounted gensets capable of generating 1,700 kW and supplying 30% of the electricity needed for the processing carried out at Fruttagel. The plant has been designed to retrieve fume heat (to produce steam and so reduce the impact on the environment) and cooling water heat (for use within the facility). 
Overall efficiency is 85%, allowing savings of 1,285 TOE (tonne of oil equivalent). Over the course of a year, the Cefla-supplied plant will provide Fruttagel with savings of 2,300 TCO2 (tons of carbon dioxide not released into the environment).




Acea renews Tor di Valle’s district heating. Project entrusted to Cefla and General Electric

Motore per Acea_Cefla e GEWhen the project is completed, the new 19 MW district heating power plant will provide high-efficiency thermal energy for 50,000 residents in Rome. Cefla will develop the engineering aspects of the plant, providing project management, ensuring plant supplies and taking care of the entire plant’s installation, including the civil infrastructure. The project is an excellent example of the modernization of district heating plants with new, high-efficiency gas engines, aimed at the delivery of municipal utilities and public services.

Acea Spa, a leading Italian multi-utility company, has chosen Cefla Plant Solutions and the Distributed Power division of General Electric for the modernization of the Tor di Valle (Rome) district heating power plant. Work will begin in 2016 and will be concluded by 2017, and upon completion the new 19 MW district heating plant will provide 50,000 users in Rome with high efficiency thermal energy.

“The project,” said Giovanni Papaleo, Acea Industrial Energy sector “demonstrates our continued commitment to pursue our plan to develop, improve and modernize our energy production assets for the benefit of our residential and business customers”.

This project is an excellent example of the modernization of district heating plants with new high-efficiency gas engines, aimed at the delivery of municipal utilities and provision of public services and is, as highlighted by Roberto Cocchi, Managing Director of the Cefla Plant Solutions Business Unit: “a significant step within our plan to develop and grow in the energy sector and an important recognition of our capabilities and our system engineering experience, gained over the last 30 years, coming from a major company like Acea, which is committed to development and innovation”.

The order consists of two J920 FleXtra combined heat and power units plus three auxiliary boilers and associated district heating systems. The engines will produce 19 MW of electrical power and about 15 MW of thermal power, achieving more than 80 percent of total efficiency. Three additional gas boilers will produce another 70 MW of thermal power to cover peak heat load demands. The project includes a multi-year maintenance contract for the two J920 FleXtra engines.

GE will supply the Jenbacher J920 FleXtra generators and related auxiliary equipment for the groups. Cefla will develop the engineering aspects of the plant, providing project management, ensuring plant supplies and taking care of the entire plant’s installation, including the civil infrastructure. The accumulation of thermal energy from the new engines will ensure a continuous supply of heat and will exploit the generation of electricity only during peak periods, when the energy value is greater.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Cefla as a qualified partner in the management of technological projects in energy distribution,” says Carlos Lange, president of the Distributed Power division of GE.


A continued growth trend for Cefla in 2015

Gianmaria Balducci - Cefla

The year’s financial statements were approved and showed an increase in revenues.

IMOLA, 01/06/2016. The President Gianmaria Balducci, confirmed in office, has expressed satisfaction over the figures of the 2015 financial statements, approved by Cefla’s shareholders. These figures reflect the growing trend fuelled by investment in innovation and which, with revenues up to 443 million and a net income that has increased almost fourfold since 2012, confirm the company’s solidity and stability. In the course of the shareholders’ meeting, the members od the Board of Directors were also appointed who will remain in office for the next three years: Claudio Fedrigo (Vice President), Yuri Della Godenza, Nevio Pelliconi and Cristian Pungetti.

To learn more, please check the Financial Statement page.