Pylons of the Future

Terna demonstrated its commitment toward the grid’s sustainable development also through planning new pylons in order to create supports and possibilities that would further reduce any environmental impact.

In addition to the pylons designed by the architect Norman Foster already installed in Tuscany, tubular or single-pole pylons having a compact structure were also chosen in order to guarantee the lowest possible impact among all the choices for overhead power lines. The use of tubular supports has been widely used for some time for HV lines – 41 supports, for example, were installed in restructuring the 132 kV electricity grid in Val d’Ossola Sud – and they are also being developed in the VHV sector: as of today, tubular supports have been installed on these lines: Laino-Rizziconi in the Pollino Park, on the San Fiorano-Robbia line in the Adamello Park, and over 200 will be installed on the future Sorgente-Rizziconi line, connecting Sicily and Calabria, Trino-Lacchiarella line, connecting Piedmont and Lombardy, and Chignolo Po-Maleo line in Lombardy. At the end of 2009, the winners of the international contest “Pylons of the Future” were awarded, a contest that was created by Terna for planning and designing new pylons capable of blending innovation, technology, design and environmental culture also combining the highest service quality and enhancing the landscape. The first prize of the contest was awarded to the Rosental Group based on the project by the architect Hugh Dutton. The second prize went to the Frigerio Group and the third to Giugiaro Architettura.