The GreenHub station in Rapallo

The first experimental installation is operational

Rapallo, 28 September 2018

Rapallo, with its experimental multi-source Dynamo installation, is the first GreenHub railway station on the national railway network.

Starting today, in fact, the innovative structure offers people new charging services for devices using energy produced exclusively from renewable sources.

The GreenHub pilot project, which includes the experimental multi-source Dynamo installation (made of wood, aluminium and steel), combines environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, innovative technology, and new services for visitors and people traveling by train. The goal is to make the stations of the future a unique green space characterized by the use of recycled and recyclable materials.

Dynamo integrates the technological products of eight Italian start-ups. Verde21, the new company that designed the innovative station, accumulates and supplies the renewable energy collected by traditional photovoltaic panels and special transparent photovoltaic panels produced by the Glass To Power company. For the accumulation of additional electricity, adopting the same technology in different forms, the area is paved with walkable photovoltaic panels made by start-up Platio. With the technology start-ups Sense Square and U-Earth, air will be monitored and purified in real time. Travelers have benches at their disposal, created by start-up Verde21 and start-up Steora, with integrated sockets for charging tablets and smartphones. In addition, the Trampoline company has installed an access point with provisions for Wi-Fi connectivity. Finally, start-up Blimp will collect information and data on the use of the prototype.

This integrated approach will allow for the development of a new technological concept that generates synergies between large and small companies. The innovative GreenHub technology project, on which the FS Italiane Group is working, through Rete Ferroviaria Italiana and Italferr, in collaboration with Sirti, as part of Open Italy 2018 of the Elis Consortium, is a program that aims to combine the innovation needs of large companies with the need for growth of start-ups like Verde21.

With Open Italy 2018 (34 companies, 186 start-ups, and 49 judges), Elis confirms it is able to increase and grow innovation in large companies that, thanks to the contribution of new ideas and technologies, will be able to improve processes and everyday activities.