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Enel Grids’ commitment to involving innovators continues, so participate in one of the Grid Innovation Challenges and help us find solutions!


How can you get involved right now to become a key player in innovation? It's easy! 

You just need to read the challenges below and, if you have a solution that might fit our needs, submit a proposal. 


We are looking forward to receiving your proposal! 

The initiative is open to anyone inside or outside the Enel Group, such as Enel employees, startups, individual innovators, big corporations, etc. 


The challenges

Below are the challenges for which we are looking for your contribution. Please complete the proposal form, providing as much information as possible.  

1. Collaboration between workers and robots during operations in primary substations

We are looking for a solution to lighten the load of workers (locally and/or remotely) in relevant maintenance activities, improving their safety, the quality of the work, and productivity by performing operational tasks in primary substations. The solution could entail collaboration between workers and the proposed technology/robotic solution.

2. Autonomous robotic solution for anti-Icing applications on overhead conductors 

We are seeking an autonomous robotic solution, capable of working on energized lines without interrupting grid services, for applying anti-icing coatings on overhead conductors (various diameters) in medium voltage grids. Advanced features would be appreciated, such as line inspections, real-time status reporting, basic maintenance tasks, and it should be designed as an upgradeable platform for continuous improvements.

3. Autonomous infrastructure inspections in inaccessible areas during extreme weather events

We are looking for a small, adaptable solution that can carry out ground inspections during or after extreme weather conditions in overhead lines, underground lines, and power stations (primary and secondary substations). The solution should be able to dive, climb, work on rough ground to carry out proper inspections in areas that are under water, affected by landslides, or areas that workers can’t reach physically. 



This challenge contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world: 

  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being 

  • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy 

  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth 

  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 

  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production


Challenge rules

All proposers are invited to read carefully the challenge and the Terms of use, before submitting a solution.

By submitting a solution, all proposers automatically accept the Terms of Use of this platform and acknowledge and agree to grant Enel Grids a right to use such solution for the purposes of the execution of this scouting initiative; such right to use includes, by way of example and not limited to it, the right to study, evaluate, test, and further develop the submitted solution.

Explain your proposal clearly in your language, attach documents (max 5 files, 25MB total size, ZIP, JPG, PDF format) if needed.


The initiative is open to anyone inside or outside the Enel Group, such as Enel employees, startups, individual innovators, big corporations, etc.

What happens next?

The Seeker will complete the review process and all proposers will receive notification of the status of their submission and feedback within 60 days after the challenge deadline.

Enel Grids will evaluate all proposals by considering the overall scientific and technical feasibility. If your recommendation fits the purpose of the challenge, we will contact you in order to start a possible collaboration with us.

Enel colleagues whose suggestions are interesting enough to lead to a project will be invited to take part in the challenge evaluation team along with Innovation Enel Grids colleagues and become a candidate for the Grid People Awards in 2023. 

Proposers who submit the most valuable solutions according to Enel Grids, in accordance with the criteria set forth above, will be rewarded with the possibility of negotiating a collaboration agreement with Enel Grids or another Enel Group company. Neither Enel Grids nor any other Enel Group company has an obligation to initiate a collaboration with any of the proposers.

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