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Charging stations for electric vehicles

In view of the Plessi Museum's strategic location, the site now has fast charging stations for electric vehicles, eight for Tesla cars well as one multi-standard charging station. The multi-standard charging station, compatible with different makes of vehicle, is equipped with three different connectors and can charge two cars simultaneously. All of the stations can provide a 50% battery recharge in just 20 minutes; a complete recharge requires around an hour. The Tesla charging stations are located at the exit of the Affi motorway toll station.

The Plessi Museum can also be accessed by travellers from Brenner on the southbound carriageway via a pedestrian underpass.

A22 introduces electricity supply system for heavy vehicles at Sadobre for temperature controlled road transport

Autostrada del Brennero has installed five charging stations at the Sadobre lorry terminal, close to Vipiteno, to supply electricity to heavy vehicles with electric generators for temperature controlled road transport.

The project is part of the European programme to reduce the environmental and noise impact of the transport sector in the trans-European transport network (TEN-T).

At present most goods are refrigerated using diesel generators which, as well as continuously producing noise, also lead to atmospheric pollution in rest areas used by heavy goods vehicles. "With the introduction of the electric supply stations, the Sadobre lorry terminal will not only reduce CO2, NOx and fine particle emissions, it will also combat noise pollution in the area," said Walter Pardatscher, Managing Director of Autostrada del Brennero.

Using this innovative electricity supply system, installed by the Dutch company NomadPower under its own patent, once haulage companies or individual drivers have registered on the website they can access the network of NomadPower electricity connection points across Europe. Of the four points installed in Italy, two are located on the A22 at Trentino – Alto Adige: supply stations are located at the Sadobre parking area and also at the Trento logistics centre.

Drivers insert the cable from their vehicle's refrigeration unit into the connection point and activate the system using the NomadPower app on their mobile phone, or alternatively by phone call or text message. The charging station will provide electricity to the lorry for as long as necessary, until disconnected by the driver. At the end of the stopover the service manager and the driver will be informed of the amount of electricity used in kWh and the cost in euro via the app, by text message, internet or email. "Autostrada del Brennero will provide the service free of charge for the first six months," said the General Technical Director.

The five charging stations, each of which has two connection points, are connected to a central unit. Each central unit contains a modem, GPRS systems and smart meters. The meters provide real time monitoring of consumption and the system status, enabling immediate remote interventions in the event of malfunctions or faults, meaning that in most cases operators do not need to visit the sites. 


The Brennerautobahn AG and the Istituto per Innovazioni Tecnologiche (IIT) inaugurated (05.06.2014) the first hydrogen production, storage and distribution system powered by renewable energy at the Bolzano Sud motorway service station.  The medium-term objective of the project referred to as “H2 Südtirol” is to succeed in refuelling all public buses serving the city of Bolzano. At a later stage, a substantially more exacting challenge will be represented by the supplying to public vehicles.  

Hydrogen derives from renewable sources through electrolysis and is subsequently purified, compressed and provisionally stored in pressure tanks. The latter will enable the use of hydrogen for supplying vehicles.  The Centre is made up of three glass covered buildings of similar appearance endowed with entirely separate functions: the first houses the equipment for electrolytic hydrogen production, the second houses the areas reserved for storage and for the hydrogen tanks, the third hosts the organisational and educational activities. Hydrogen as used to supply vehicles is used both as pure hydrogen as well as blended with methane. 

Under nominal conditions, the system is able to produce 180 Nm³/h, enabling the supplying of approximately twenty buses, or up to 800 fuel cell vehicles (with an average daily distance equal to about 40 km). 1 Nm³ of hydrogen can replace around 0.35 litres of petrol or 0.3 litres of diesel fuel. The hydrogen production system is able to replace about 525,000 litres of petrol or 440,000 litres of diesel fuel per year.

Using this H2 it is possible to save up to approximately 1,200.000 kg of harmful CO2 emissions per year.  The long-term objective of the The Brenner Autobahn is to create a distribution network able to serve the entire arterial route with reference points placed at a distance not exceeding 100 km, so as to accomplish the so-called "Green Corridor": a Munich-Modena motorway section entirely equipped for hydrogen refuelling purposes, with evident benefits for the whole alpine ecosystem.

The newly launched system , the first in Italy on an industrial scale has also been devised as a "demonstrative" system, namely open to the public via guided tours: "hands-on technology". In fact, it features training rooms and a conference hall. The aim is to enhance the possibility of new activities in the industrial sector and the development of a broad know-how in relation to hydrogen.

 H2 Suedtirol - WEBSITE
  HyFlyer - NEWSLETTER 2015  


Noise protection wall

With integrated solar panels.

In 2009, Brenner Motorway collaborated with the community of Isera to erect the first high-performance solar-powered noise protection wall in Italy.

This sound absorbing wall, installed to protect the provincial town of Marano located between km 160+017 and km 161+084 on the southbound stretch of the Brenner Motorway, has two functions: firstly, to protect the houses in the municipal area of Isera (TN) in accordance with the plan for noise reduction and abatement from the noise pollution generated by motorway traffic; secondly, to generate energy by means of the 5036 m2 of cladding constructed from monocrystalline silicon solar panels (the photovoltaic system uses the noise protection wall as its support structure). 

The large expanse of the noise protection wall - with a length of 1067 m and an average height of 5.6 m - allows this surface to accommodate 3944 photovoltaic modules which can provide an annual output of approx. 690,00 KWh.

With regard to the photovoltaics, the cross section of the protective wall, which consists of two different sections at angles of 60 and 35 degrees, is particularly effective (the first, approx. 3.20 m long section has an angle of 60 degrees, the second, approx. 1.6 m long section is angled at 35 degrees along the horizontal axis.

From the electrical power perspective, given the generator capacity, the transmission of the energy produced and its transmission to the public network is effected via medium voltage lines, by converting the field voltage from 230V to 20,000 V.

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