Germogli: the new pylons of the future
Abandoning traditional and technically consolidated solutions and adopting innovative pylons in terms of their placement in the surrounding environment and of their aesthetic value. Improving the perception that the public opinion has of pylons: from “disturbing” elements across the territory to designing projects that can best harmonize with the environment enhancing it while also guaranteeing the highest safety and efficiency levels required by the service.
The contest “Pylons of the future” was launched by Terna in 2007 and won by “Germogli” (Sprouts) in 2009. The innovative pylons are designed by HDA – HUGH DUTTON ASSOCIES | designers, GIORGIO ROSENTAL | team leader, GOZZO IMPIANTI and CEGELEC solutions & Services | consultants.
As the motivation of having awarded this pylon reads, “it has stood out among all others owing to its unique lightness and elegance; innovative and challenging in its building aspect”; Since these pylons are used for transmitting high voltage electricity, the designers that participated in the contest had to comply with strict technical requirements: structural functionality, high versatility in use, industrial feasibility and easy grid maintenance activities. The architectural quality of the projects was evaluated also in terms of environmental impact and innovation: no limits were established in terms of geometric design and implemented solutions; requests were made for structures that could be built with industrial processes and with materials easily found on the market. The pylons are between 48 and 76 meters tall, barely 4 meters wide and weigh up to 128 tons.
The model of the pylon presented at CeBIT 2013 is 1,85 meters tall.
The pylons designed by Dutton blend innovation, technology, design, creativity and territorial respect thus demonstrating that energy and the environment can easily live together. They join aesthetics with technology. The contest “Pylons of the future” was based on the need for Improving the perception that the public opinion has of pylons as elements that are elegant, harmonized and visually attractive but that also guarantee the highest safety and efficiency levels required by the service. With a lower environmental impact compared to traditional pylons, “Germogli” pylons are inspired by nature, particularly by the leaves of the trees and were created for areas having a high landscape value. Terna plans installing them, made of metallic steel, along the important “energy highway” in Northern Italy, the EHV “Trino-Lacchiarella” power line currently being built between Lombardia and Piemonte.