Contract to deploy connectivity across renewable energy plants in South
Avanti Communications (LSE:AVN)
TerniEnergia, an Italy-based renewable energy company, has signed a
multi-year contract with Avanti Communications, a leading provider of
satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and
TerniEnergia, part of Italeaf Group, is the first Italian smart energy
company operating in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The company
will use Avanti’s Ka-band satellite technology to provide high-speed
broadband connectivity to its “giant” photovoltaic renewable energy
plants located in Paleisheuwel and Tom Burke in South Africa , which
are under construction for a primary Italian utility. The satellite
service is provided via a VPN (virtual private network) ensuring IP
traffic remains secure and encrypted from end to end.
Deployed via Avanti’s HYLAS 2 satellite, with 100% coverage of South
Africa, high speed internet connectivity will facilitate the vital data
exchange between TerniEnergia’s plants, whilst providing operational
support and remote reporting capability.
Matthew O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer at Avanti Communications,
commented: “We welcome TerniEnergia’s choice to connect its energy
plants with Avanti’s high speed broadband. The quality and flexibility
of our satellite network will drive efficiencies between TerniEnergia’s
plants. This will increase their ability to supply energy throughout
some of the remotest regions in South Africa.”
Sergio Agosta, Chief Executive Officer at TerniEnergia, commented:
“Connecting our power plants is a crucial move for TerniEnergia in
addressing the major energy and infrastructure challenges in South
Africa. The power crisis requires us to work fast to deliver to
ever-increasing demand for renewable and sustainable energy supply.
Avanti’s high speed and reliable broadband will enable us to drive
efficiencies across our sites and accelerate our delivery of energy
across South Africa.”
 Photovoltaics (PV) is the name of a method of converting solar
energy into direct current electricity using semiconducting materials
that exhibit the photovoltaic effect, a phenomenon commonly studied in
physics, photochemistry and electrochemistry.
 The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates 585 million people
in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity, with the
electrification rate as low as 14.2% in rural areas.
TerniEnergia, a company incorporated in September of 2005 and part of
Italeaf Group, is the first Italian smart energy company and operates in
renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy and waste management.
TerniEnergia operates as system integrator, with a turn-key offer of
industrial sized photovoltaic plants, on behalf of third parties and on
its own, for the Power Generation business; also through joint venture
companies with leading national players. TerniEnergia operates in the
waste management sector, recovery of the material and energy,
development and production of technologies. In particular, the Company
is active in the recovery of tires out of use; in the treatment of
biodegradable waste through the implementation of biodigesters;
management of plant for the biological depuration; decommissioning of
industrial plants; recovery of demolition metals and cleaning of
industrial sites; and development and production of technological
Through TerniEnergia Gas & Power, the Group is active in the energy
management, energy sales to energy intensive customers, software and
services for energy management, administrative, financial and credit
management. The Group is also active on the natural gas and liquefied
natural gas (LNG) market, offering a range of services and activities in
order to develop Client’s business and achieve a competitive advantage
providing the best market conditions and creating a high added value.
TerniEnergia operates in the development of energy efficient plants both
through EPC scheme and FTT scheme (Financing Through Third Parties),
pursuing the objectives of increasing energy production from renewable
sources, of energy saving and reduction of emissions as set forth by
environmental European policy.
TerniEnergia is listed on STAR segment of Borsa Italiana S.p.A..
Visit: www.ternienergia.com (http://www.ternienergia.com/?lang=en)
About Avanti Communications
Avanti connects people wherever they are - in their homes, businesses,
in government and on mobiles. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and more
than 160 partners in 118 countries, the network provides ubiquitous
internet service to 27 per cent of the world’s population. Avanti
delivers the level of quality and flexibility that the most demanding
telecoms customers in the world seek.
Avanti is the first mover in high throughput satellite data
communications in EMEA. It has rights to orbital slots and Ka-band
spectrum that cover an end market of over 1.5bn people. The Group has
invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates satellites, ground
stations, datacentres and a fibre ring. Avanti has a unique Cloud based
flexible customer interface that is protected by patented technology.
The Group has three satellites in orbit and a further two fully funded
satellites under construction.
In the UK service is supplied using Avanti’s HYLAS 1, 2 and 4 Ka-band
satellites, which have 100% coverage of the British Isles. Users will
then be able to choose from packages offering up to 30Mbps.
Avanti Communications is listed in London on AIM (AVN:LSE).
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