Acea plans to find partners for its solar business

  •   07/06/2021 - 12h46
  •   DEHOUI Lionel

The CEO of Acea Group announced in a statement that he is considering splitting up its solar business. The aim would be to find financial partners who can help it grow. In an interview with "Il Sole 24 Ore", Giuseppe Gola said that the organization had selected Intesa Sanpaolo, a corporate and investment bank as a consultant. The latter is expected to express its interest by mid-June.

Acea plans to find partners for its solar business

Growing interest in solar energy

Acea is one of Italy's largest utility companies. It plans to install 747 megawatts of solar power capacity by the end of 2024.

In addition, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association is using the revised AFID (Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Directive) to communicate its recommendations for electric truck charging points in the European Union. Their goal is to have 6,000 charging stations in France by 2030.

Indeed, EU agencies representing the interests of the automotive industry are critical of the current charging networks of the major European operators. In a recent report, it was stated that the charging and refuelling infrastructure required for large zero-emission vehicles is almost non-existent.

Therefore, this problem needs to be addressed urgently. In addition, all stakeholders and authorities need to do what is necessary to ensure that the infrastructure is deployed.


A gradual conversion to carbon neutrality

It is fair to say that European manufacturers have been working to support the aspiration of carbon neutrality. This is the goal that the road freight industry has set itself to achieve by 2050 at the latest.

As a result, by 2025 there will be approximately 40,000 trucks and buses in operation in the European Union (the 27 Member States plus the UK). Considering ACEA data, this number is even expected to increase to about 270,000 units within ten years.

In view of this finding, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association is increasing the infrastructure charges of the countries on the basis of a specific calculation method. This takes into account the expected development of electric truck registrations, the gross domestic product and the average number of kilometres driven.


AFID's medium-term objectives

According to the revised AFID, the current target is to reach 10,000 to 15,000 charging points by 2025 at the latest. Thereafter, the goal would be 40,000 to 50,000 charge points by 2030. In addition, by 2025, the UK will need 2,450 charging points and France 1,750.

By 2030, Germany will need 14,250 charging points, compared to 5,750 in France and 8,200 in the UK. In addition, by 2030, around 40,000 night-time public charging points with a capacity of 100 kW will be installed in truck parks along motorways.

For best efficiency, at least one high-powered charging station is required for a deployable network. Each charging station will have about four charging points for every 100 kilometres. Similarly, by 2025, charging stations will have to have at least one charging point, reserved for coaches.