Enel X is looking for innovative solutions related to circular economy issues to apply to its smart home management product called “Homix”.
Homix is much more than a smart thermostat; it provides you with lots of features and services that will make your daily home management smarter, easier and more immediate. Homix optimally manages the heating of your home, turning it into a smart system that learns your family's usage routines and automates heating according to your needs, allowing you to save money while respecting the environment.
The request is to think of solutions based on one or more of the 5 business models of the circular economy listed below:
- Circular Inputs: use of renewable energy, bio-based or potentially completely recyclable materials
- Sharing platforms: increased usage rates through collaborative models for usage, access, or ownership
- Product-as-a-service: offer of product use with retention of the product at the producer to increase resource productivity
- Product life-extension: prolongation of the life cycle through repair, reprocessing, upgrading and resale
- Recovery & Recycle: recovery of usable resources or energy from waste or by-products
We’re looking for ideas and solutions that can help reduce the environmental impact of Homix at every stage of its value chain, from component supply and manufacturing to logistics, marketing & sales or end-of-life recovery.
Submissions must meet the following solution requirements:
- The innovative solution must be able to be applied to Homix without changing its design. The innovative solution must contribute to the environment without significantly increasing the cost of Homix or its possible future maintenance
- Any best practices have to be verified and documented (not just an “idea”)
- Solutions should have a global context (that is, they should be transferable to different parts of the world)
- All solutions must be safe and comply with any local regulations and be sustainable environmentally and economically
- Support Enel’s commitment to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) with specific emphasis on SDG 3, 7, 9, 11, 12 and 13
- The proposed technology should offer Enel “freedom to practice” or be available for potential licensing. There should be no third-party patent art preventing the use of specific equipment and materials for their commercial application
In addition, the following qualities are highly desirable but not required:
- Easy installation (if required)
- Reasonable investment costs
- Existing commercial solution (or at least at a pilot/demonstration stage)
The submitted proposal should include the following:
- Detailed technical description of an approach that can meet the above solution requirements
- Rationale for the proposed technology/best practice, including direct costs
- Information on any known limitations
The proposal should not include any personal identifying information (name, username, company, address, phone, email, personal website, resume, etc.) or any information the Solvers may consider their intellectual property that they do not want to share.
This challenge provides contribution to the following sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world:
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy;
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure;
- SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable;
- SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts;
- SDG 15: Life on land.