Energy: Italian firms at helm of 'desert reclamation' plans

Italian firms growing in energy, water in Med countries

09 April, 15:25

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    NAPLES - Italian technology in the renewable sector is attracting great interest in southern Mediterranean countries and the Balkans, said Silvana Stella, a manager at ICE, which participated during the weekend in EnergyMed, a fair on renewable energy and environmental sustainability in Naples.
    ''ICE accompanies Italian entrepreneurs in all these countries, even when there are political or security problems.
    The activity is suspended only in Libya and Syria''.
    Stella told ANSAmed that ''in Egypt, for example, there is great sensibility for the environment and the energy produced by photovoltaics and water management. Italian technology is very well perceived''.
    The energy and sustainability sector will boost Italian exports, which already in 2017 reached a record sum of 450 billion euros, a sum that is forecast to grow this year, said the ICE manager.
    Federico Tunzio, an external advisor for ICE, said that, ''there are investment projects in Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Egypt to bring our technology and our way to save energy in the industry and hotel sectors''. Egypt is ''very interested in depuration and recycling water for agriculture and fish farming'', said Tunzio. ''Among the best opportunities is Cairo, which has a great urbanization problem and parts of the desert bordering with the capital. The program is called 'desert reclamation' and includes systems to bring there water and energy with photovoltaics for urban settlements. We are talking about everything that is necessary: from deputation to sewage, agriculture, irrigation, public lights. Revenues are expected in the medium and long-term but Italian companies are understanding the importance of working there. We promoted contacts with a biogas company in northern Italy, a small photovoltaic firm in Rome, a Led lighting company in Frosinone, a company of eco panels in Lamezia Terme. But there are many sectors in which it is possible to invest like healthcare, food quality control, water recycling''.
    Italy's technology is also highly appreciated in Albania, Tunzio said: ''We train youths there, as well as technicians, small entrepreneurs, unemployed workers who want to find a new job''.
    After EnergyMed, Naples will host Biat (the innovation and technology event) on April 19-20 at the railway museum in Pietrarsa, as part of the Plan Export Sud 2 of ICE. 

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