A day in the life of...

We asked some #GreenEnERGyMakers to tell us some details about their working day...

... Francesca Bianchini, Performance Control (Terni - Italy)

... Francesca Bianchini, Performance Control (Terni - Italy)
Can you describe your job?

At ERG I'm responsible for "Performance Control" within the "Regulatory, Market Analysis & Performance Control" Office. I measure the performance of generation assets, in coordination with the performance operating units dedicated to the different production technologies, and the performance of the sales strategies pursued in the various market segments, comparing them with shared benchmarks or intrinsic references. 

To this end, I must ensure adequate monitoring models which are in line with industry best practices and the technical data available for analyses and comparisons, illustrating the results of the monthly analyses to the Chief Operation Officer and the heads of the various technologies.

What do you like best about your job?

From both a social and a technical point of view, the thing I like most about my job is having to interface with the different units that comprise our company's production structure, each with its own specific aspects, its own history, its own "diversity".

Can you describe your typical day?

Firstly, I must point out that I am lucky to be able to work in the beautiful headquarters of Villa Fabrizi in Terni, home of the Hydroelectric Nucleus: an 18th-century building surrounded by greenery, a true oasis of peace! First I check my e-mail, my appointments and generally organise my day, then I enjoy a coffee with my colleagues.

After the coffee break I usually contact colleagues in various locations to coordinate and organise the various activities and analyses. After lunch in the company canteen, I review the work I did in the morning to then continue it in the afternoon. 

Alessia Sapora, Permitting (Terni - Italia)

Alessia Sapora, Permitting (Terni - Italia)
Alessia, let's start with your work: can you tell us what it consists of?

My activity consists in the management of investment projects concerning the Terni Hydroelectric Nucleus. By investment project management we mean the development of engineering, the development of permitting, the development of the tender and construction site activities. Permitting is the main activity.

What do you like most about your business, both technically and personally?

On a personal level, I really like the comparison with the Authorities when the goal is to obtain an authorization: it is an activity that allows you to measure your ability to talk to others and succeed in a short time - relying solely on your own resources and own technical skills - to obtain authorization. Another aspect that I like is the comparison in the pipeline.

I really like to check on site whether what was thought in the engineering phase made sense. The construction site is the best school professionally speaking, it helps you to design better and to better evaluate the authorization phase.

Can you describe a team project that you particularly liked?

So, as regards a team project that I particularly liked, I would say the construction of the mini-hydro system in Visso. It was one of the best work experiences. They entrusted me with all the authorizations and management of the site. Strategic decisions were made by the full team, but I was quite autonomous. I would like to have another opportunity of this kind.

Can you tell us about your typical day?

My typical day ... I arrive at the office very early, around 7:45 am, to reconcile family life by very early, when there is still no one: I take advantage of this quiet moment to read all the emails and concentrate on the computer.
Around 8:45 / 9:00 a.m. the other colleagues arrive, thus begins the part of the day in which there are discussions, meetings etc.

Given my role, often during the week I happen to make inspections that may consist of checking the progress of the work on a construction site in progress, or an inspection at a body for an authorization to be obtained, or even an inspection at plant areas for the study of the engineering phase.

My day is very varied depending on the appointments and things to do, let's say that 4.00 p.m., the time I usually go out, arrives very quickly! 

Marco Papa, WTG Maintenance Unit (Chartres - France)

Marco Papa, WTG Maintenance Unit (Chartres - France)
Can you describe me what you do?

I normally deal with maintenance and troubleshooting on wind farms, but lately I have been responsible for everything related to warehouse management, service reports, and troubleshooting and maintenance when possible, in short… I'd call myself a handyman!

What do you like best about your job?

I've been doing this job for almost 10 years; I have worked for various companies and in each of them I've found something that has made me love this job, from the colleagues, who on many occasions have become great friends, to learning about various activities. I like it because every day brings something new to do and to learn: it's not a boring job! And then, it may seem obvious, but... I love working outdoors and seeing the world from above, where everything looks better. I firmly believe in the importance of our work, in respecting the environment and producing clean energy!

Can you describe your "typical day"?

I get to the office at 8:30, then the manager and I look at the performance of the wind farms, the wind speed and any turbines which are stopped. If we have breakdowns, with the approval of our managers my colleagues and I examine the information provided by the turbine and prepare the material that we may need (because breakdowns aren't always what they seem to be, certain errors are not always caused by the same component, as the circuits are complex and very long).

After that we set off for the wind farm; once we reach our destination we call the control room to let them know we've arrived to the plant and that we'll be seeing to the turbine. Then we fence off the work area to work safely and ensure that people can't get too close to the system while we're working. Immediately afterwards we go up to the nacelle (almost always via the stairs in Italy, but we also have a few blades with lifts) and after a careful analysis we work hard to solve the fault, which can take from one hour to up to several days.

Once this is done we put everything back in order and check if any other blades require maintenance. If no other maintenance is scheduled, we collect all the waste produced and bring it to the warehouse, where it's sorted and dumped. Then we take care of filling in the "service report" where we explain the intervention carried out, if we came across any anomalies and how we solved the problem. And then a new task begins, namely examining all the service reports, transcribing them into SAP while paying close attention to managing all the components which were taken out of and returned to the warehouse.