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Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to the development of innovative products and digital solutions in sectors where energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries, and electric mobility. Enel X is a company of Enel Group, a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. Enel works in more than 30 countries across five continents, generating energy with a total installed capacity of more than 88 GW among which 49 based on renewable sources.

As a global leader in the advanced energy solution section, Enel X provides each partner with an intuitive, personalized ecosystem of tech platforms and consulting services, focusing on sustainability and circular economy principles in order to provide people, communities, institutions and companies with an alternative model that respects the environment and integrates technological innovation into daily life. Therefore, Enel X seeks pioneering technologies to facilitate the electrification of public transport and improve the user experience.

This Challenge provides contribution to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

For questions about the Challenge and your proposal you can contact: EnelOpenInnovabilityChallenges@wazoku.com





As the world moves towards cleaner sources of fuel in the pursuit of reducing emissions, electric powered transportation is a sustainable alternative that is more cost-efficient and energy-efficient than traditional gas-powered vehicles. Enel X is looking for solutions that can leverage its current offerings, increase the citizen experience, and enhance the company’s return on investment. Successful proposals must integrate with pre-existing services, but should not duplicate what is currently available – see list of Out of Scope items below. Furthermore, for large scale adoption of electric mobility to be successful, there needs to be collaboration between companies and local authorities to oversee the implementation of new technological solutions. To learn more about Enel X and electric public transportation, click here.



Enel X is searching for solutions that can enrich the current eBus proposition (e.g. eVehicles, charging stations) with further services granting added value to customers. One example of a desirable solution is a decision support system for Public Transport Planning, based on Open Data (i.e. Digital solution able to define Urban Plan for Sustainable Mobility).


  • Traffic Light Management systems for operations and maintenance (O&M)
  • Intelligent Transport System solutions
  • Digital advertising
  • Vehicle telematics solutions, ticketing systems and fleet management software
  • Service management and efficiency (i.e. EV Smart Charging Systems)
  • Camera/VideoAnalysis based traffic monitoring
  • Public Transport Electrification simulators
  • Vehicles
  • Charging Stations
  • Mobile app for Trip Planning
  • Car/Bike sharing solutions
  • Rewarding/gamification apps for end users


Submissions must address the following Solution Requirements.

  • Both Hardware and Software Solutions must be validated and implemented into at least one of the target countries (focus is EU/LATAM/US), and compliant with specific local public administration requirements and regulations;
  • Interoperability with pre-existing services (i.e. Hardware Solution must integrate seamlessly and be able to leverage synergies with most common eBus models);
  • New synergic ancillary services, that can empower existing Enel X core eBus offering (charging stations, smart charging systems, digital services like City Analytics and VideoAnalysis, smart infrastructures like smart shelter/smart bus stops);
  • Software Solutions must be high interoperable (microservices, APIs) and potentially integrate easily with Enel X pre-existing platforms (Public lighting, charging station, Enel X platform for public administration);
  • Solution that leverages the electric vector/Enel X eBus offering to generate operational savings and additional benefit for public transport companies, thereby increasing value in terms of service management and/or efficiency;
  • Technology readiness level (TLR) between 7 and 9.



The submitted proposal should contain two parts:

1. Collaboration Proposal including:

a. A technical description of a solution (measurement system and method used) with an explanation of how the Solver proposes to address all of the Solution Requirements. The Seeker desires a solution with a minimum technology readiness level (TRL) of 7 and Solvers should provide enough information to indicate that their solution achieves this level. The Solver can withhold proprietary details, if necessary, but should provide convincing evidence for Enel X to appreciate the merits of the approach and to allow for a feasibility evaluation. The detailed description of the solution should include, but is not limited to:

·  Technical specifications of the system;

·  Description of the activities required and an estimate of the cost for installation and integration;

· Any evidence for the application and existing use cases;

·  Advantages and potential weaknesses of the proposed solution.

b.  A brief discussion of capabilities, facilities/equipment, and relevant expertise for executing the proposed solution. The Solver should explain what they can provide and what might be required of the Seeker. For example: “I can construct a prototype, but I would need the Seeker to help with scale up and distribution”;

c.  An overview of the proposed path forward (materials, deliverables, timelines, cost estimates);

d. Data, patent, journal references, or any additional material that supports the proposed solution.


2. General Information about the Solver including:

a. The key contact person for this Challenge (including phone number and email address). 

b. Organization/Company/University name and address (including website, if available)


(NOTE: For most Challenges, Solvers are not allowed to include personal contact information; however, for an eRFP Challenge, it is required.)

[NOTE: Only proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work as a collaboration partner will be considered.]

Challenge rules

All proposers are invited to read carefully the Challenge and the Regulation of this Challenge, attached below in the Attachments section, before submitting a solution.

By submitting a solution they automatically accept the attached Regulations other than the Terms of Use of this platform.



The employees of Enel X and of the other Companies of the Enel Group who are involved in the organization and management of the Competition or admitted to the Open Innovability Portal back office, as well as their spouses or partners and their relatives up to the fourth degree, are not eligible for participation in this Challenge.

Also, employees of the companies of the Enel Group who have worked in the technical sector of public transport electrification and that work, in the moment of the Challenge, on Intelligent Transport Systems, or their spouses, partners or any of their relatives up to the fourth grade determined according to Italian law are not eligible for the participation in this Challenge.

Explain your proposal clearly in English, attach documents (max 5 files, 25MB total size) if needed.


Challenge, award, IP rights

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.




Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on October 30, 2021

Late submissions will not be considered.


Enel Challenge Regulation - CSA eRFP - public transport electrification

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What happens next?

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

Enel will evaluate the proposal using the following criteria:

  • Overall scientific and technical feasibility of the proposed solution;
  • Economic potential of concept (e.g. Total Cost of Ownership);
  • Business potential for Enel;
  • Novelty and creativity;
  • Potential for proprietary position (i.e., is the technology novel or protectable);
  • User's capabilities and related experience;
  • Realism of the proposed solution;
  • Maturity level of the proposal.

In case the reward includes "Collaboration with Enel", once suitable solution/s have been identified, Enel will reserve the opportunity to start a collaboration, by way of example, all or part of the following activities:

  • Test execution;
  • Supply of prototypes (if an equipment);
  • Installation and site tests;
  • Follow up and monitoring of the proposed idea behavior.

At the end of the assessment, you will receive feedback.

In case of success, an Enel contact person will get in touch with you to discuss the next steps.

The final award for this Challenge is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the verification process, including acceptance of the Challenge-Specific Agreement (CSA) that is the regulation for this Challenge.

The verification process includes obtaining the following from the Solver: signed affidavit (based on the CSA), employee waiver (if applicable), and proof of identify.



InnoCentive collaborates with Enel to manage this Challenge.

InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.


About the seeker Enel-Enel X

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Enel Challenge Regulation - CSA eRFP - public transport electrification

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