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Milan, 3rd June 2021 – Further boosting the energy transition process through the use of increasingly cutting-edge digital technologies. With this goal in mind Italgas, the leading operator in Italy and the third in Europe in natural gas distribution, and SkipsoLabs, a company that provides advisory services and technology platforms for innovation, today launched a new Call for Innovation titled "Gas grid of the future". The initiative, which is part of the "Ideas 4 Italgas" programme launched by the company at the end of 2020, is aimed at the best startups in the world and will focus research on three specific areas:
- Technical 4.0. New technological solutions for plant maintenance activities, in order to simplify operations and promote ever greater personnel safety;
- Gas Grid monitoring and transformation. Systems for monitoring, managing and balancing gas networks, which accelerate the digital transformation process and through it the introduction and distribution of different gases such as biomethane, hydrogen and synthetic methane;
- Smart city & mobility. Value-added services, based on distributed IoT, which enable the Italgas network (withdrawal stations, distribution network and meters) to contribute to the development of smart cities and increasingly sustainable mobility.