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Distributed Energy Resources Aggregation – Fog/Edge Computing – Machine Learning
Published on Wednesday, September 27 2017
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Challenge Expiration Date: December 31, 2017
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DescriptionEnel is looking at innovative DERs (Distributed Energy Resources) aggregation strategies, platform and algorithms.
The integrated and optimized management of DERs requires a strong and robust IT infrastructure based on IoT technology and a prominent use of machine learning / AI technique to coordinate in the most suitable way all the controlled end-points. The high number of controlled end-point, their geographical distribution and the different market opportunities for each areas/country/customer requires a suitable distributed IT infrastructure based on Fog/Edge computing technology, capable to integrate several “autonomous” and embedded systems and control layer. The usage of Fog/Edge computing is also required to improve the system scalability and resilience and boost the usage of complex machine learning technique in all the required layers of the platform
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Challenge rulesThe innovative solutions proposed by a Startup or a SME must have a solid technical and scientific background and they should have been already demonstrated, even at a preliminary stage, in an operational environment.
What happens next?
Enel will provide financial and technical support to develop and test the technologies and solutions selected, both in the Innovation Lab located in Catania and recently renewed with state-of-the-art infrastructures and in real plants. Startups and SMEs will have access to testing infrastructures, high-tech locations and co-working areas, in addition to being connected to national and international stakeholders thanks to the global network of Enel Innovation Hubs.
The Enel’s investment is equity free and will be in the co-development or in testing activities: for each project the necessary amount and the modalities will be evaluated together with the proposer.
If the test/PoC will be successful, Enel will offer a concrete opportunity to scale-up the solution by adopting it on its own business through commercial agreements.
Additional services will be offered for free if needed: acceleration program, workstations at the Innovation Hub, support in searching investors and accessing European public funds, support to access the Start-up VISA program by the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development.
For all details on the Lab/testing areas and equipment available, please see the attachment.