Since 2008, Loccioni (world leader in mechatronics and automated robotic systems) has transformed its factories and residential buildings into Italy’s first eco-sustainable community with zero carbon pollution, the “Community of Leaves”.
The hidden valley of Valle dell’Essino near Ancona is an area rich in history and natural resources, an ideal place for Locconi and local authorities to work together to protect and enhance the valley’s heritage while creating jobs.
Loccioni has become a hub for business and technology in the region, a great example of how technology can be used to create a sustainable life. Here, people live in carbon-neutral housing, commute in electric cars, and commute to work in facilities powered by renewable energy sources.
The Leaf Society is a laboratory that focuses on future agriculture, such as digitally controlled beehives, experimental models to measure the health of farmland or smart irrigation systems for crops.
The electricity required for industrial operations is produced by a mix of resources, including photovoltaic panels on office roofs, hydroelectric plants along the nearby Esino River, and biomass pyrogasification (heating waste to produce biogas). ) to provide heat to the whole community.
Energy systems form a so-called “smart grid” network, where excess energy in one area (eg, solar energy) can offset deficits in another. Excess power can be stored in batteries that are inefficient enough for electric vehicles, meaning nothing goes to waste.
These interconnected systems could become the blueprint for many other communities around the world as engineers look for new ways to combat the climate crisis and transition to a carbon-neutral society.