Enel Green Power is looking for new solutions to make the construction activities, the monitoring of their progress and the commissioning of its plants safer and quicker, increasing the number of tasks that can be performed remotely or autonomously, based on, but not limited to, the use of advanced automation solutions and autonomous systems, collaborative robots, artificial intelligence and digital platforms. Innovative solutions will be integrated in the portfolio of already adopted tools in order to reshape the construction site of the future.
Enel Green Power aims at fostering the development and adopting innovative solutions able to accelerate and make more resilient the transition towards a full renewable and sustainable way of generating electricity. Innovation and digitalization are two of the key ingredients in this path of growth.
Enel Green Power is a multinational company with a global presence. The company is working to establish new standards in the field of sustainable energy, constantly pushing technological boundaries.
In 2019, with around 3,029 MW of renewable installed capacity worldwide, Enel Green Power, set a new record by building around 190 MW more than in 2018 and thus reaching a total managed renewable capacity of around 46 GW.
This result was possible thanks to a structured planning and constant effort in continuously innovating and optimizing plant design and construction works execution strategies, through the investment and the adoption of increasingly advanced digital technologies. The Company wants to continue this transformation even faster in the future, deploying solutions that will increase its resiliency and sustainable development.
Enel Green Power is looking for new solutions to make the construction works, the monitoring of their progress and the commissioning of renewable plants safer and quicker, increasing the activities that can be performed remotely or autonomously, based on, but not limited to, the use of advanced automation solutions and autonomous systems, collaborative robots, artificial intelligence and digital platforms.
Innovative solutions will be integrated in a portfolio of already adopted tools in order to reshape the construction site of the future, guaranteeing a safe, effective and efficient working environment, thus contributing to increase Company resiliency.
Here below, as an example, are listed some technological fields and possible application areas of interest:
Digital and automation technologies and processes to enable the night shift of activities;
Outdoor robotics solutions for heavy material handling and construction;
Outdoor robotics solutions for demolition of obsolete structures made of different materials like concrete or steel;
Automated solutions for logistic and materials arrangement;
Solutions for on line monitoring and quality check of construction activities.
All solutions that can support the achievement of the challenge target will be evaluated and the above list of topics must be considered as an explicative example.
As part of Enel Open Innovation strategy all possible approaches, leveraging even on experiences matured in different fields like construction, mining, oil and gas, agriculture and other outdoor industrial fields will be evaluated.
Submitted solutions must meet the following Solution Requirements:
Take to a reduction of time and number of people needed for construction activities.
TRL ≥ 6.
Applicability to the business within a maximum period of 12 months.
Take into account, as reference application fields, photovoltaic and wind construction sites. Applicability also to other fields will be considered a plus.
Applicability in different weather and climate conditions.
The submitted proposal should consist of a detailed technical description based on Solution Requirements, including:
Examples of technology application or prototypes and reference industry if any;
Advantages and weaknesses of the proposed solution compared to the current way of working;
Constrains or technological gaps for the solution adoption;
Estimation of time and people needed in the execution of the solution submitted in a construction site;
Data, case studies, patents and journal references or any additional material that supports the proposed solution;
Cost estimation of the proposed solutions.
This challenge provides contribution 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 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 13: Climate Action
All proposers are invited to read carefully the challenges and the Regulation of this challenge, attached below in the Attachments section, before submitting a solution.
Explain your proposal clearly and attach documents if needed (max 5 files, 25MB total size).
This Campaign is dedicated to startups, scaleups and SMEs, incorporated in any country, with a technology and/or solution with TRL ≥ 6.
CHALLENGE, AWARD, IP RIGHTS
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of considering a collaboration
All intellectual property rights, if any, in the idea or concept demonstrated by the Proposed Solution will remain with the Solver.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on September 30th, 2020.
Late submissions will not be considered.
Specific regulation in the CSA attached at the bottom of this page.
What happens next?
The Enel Innovation Hubs team will evaluate the Proposals, getting in touch with the Solver if additional information is needed.
Following this preliminary evaluation, the Proposal(s) that meet the requirements of the Challenge will be further evaluated by one or more relevant Enel companies and/or business lines.
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 not obviousness;
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 and testing agreement”, once suitable solution/s will be identified, Enel will reserve the opportunity to start a collaboration, by way of example, all or part of the following activities:
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.