Leonardo and Snam team up for innovation and safety in the energy industry and development of the hydrogen economy

Rome, San Donato Milanese (Milan)  08 July 2021 10:00

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the joint development of cyber security and advanced sensor solutions for large energy networks

Leonardo and Snam have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop their respective technological expertise to support innovation and sustainability in the energy industry. The partnership will specifically focus on digitalisation, monitoring, physical and cyber security of processes, networks and infrastructures in order to increase their resilience and operational efficiency. The agreement is centred on developing the hydrogen economy, which will play a key role in achieving Europe’s decarbonisation targets.

"The agreement falls within the scope of our technological and market development roadmaps identified in the Be Tomorrow - Leonardo 2030 strategic plan, set out on long-term sustainable growth, which also envisages the development of advanced systems to monitor and defend critical infrastructures, as well as the development of aerospace systems linked to the ecological transition", Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo said.

"Making key industry sectors sustainable and protecting critical infrastructure", Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam commented "are priority challenges for the future of our communities. This is the starting point for our partnership with Leonardo, bringing together the skills and innovative capacity of two excellent Italian companies to develop technologies aimed at strengthening the security of energy networks, optimising their management and decarbonising the aerospace sector through hydrogen".

The partnership between Leonardo, the only Italian company dedicated to overseeing strategic technologies for the security of the countries in which it operates, and Snam, one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure companies, will mainly focus on the cyber security of strategic infrastructures, IoT (Internet of Things) technologies and advanced sensors for monitoring energy networks and introducing hydrogen into the aerospace sector.

Large networks have recently experienced a rapid digital transformation of their physical assets. The Leonardo and Snam partnership will explore the possibilities offered by the most innovative technologies for increasing the operational efficiency and resilience of industrial plants. The areas of collaboration range from Industry 4.0 – with applications for the digitalised management of infrastructures and industrial processes based on IT, OT, IoT (Internet of Things), artificial intelligence and machine learning, big data, blockchain, advanced analytics and digital twin – to infrastructure security, using situational awareness solutions, mission critical communication technologies and advanced sensors, and the use of drones and satellites for asset monitoring. In cyber security, the partnership will relate to threat analysis, monitoring, identification and response to cyber-attacks.

The three-year agreement envisages that the joint solutions may also be applied to other international players in the large energy networks sector. If necessary, the agreement will be subject to subsequent binding agreements defined by the parties in accordance with the applicable regulatory framework, including related parties transactions.

 

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