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Challenge <p> Enel Green Power Challenge: Localizing Robots in Deep, Underground, Expansive Tunnel Networks</p>

Enel Green Power Challenge: Localizing Robots in Deep, Underground, Expansive Tunnel Networks

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 147
Posted: Dec 15 2016
Challenge ID: 9933877
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The Seeker is looking for technological solutions that can be integrated in autonomous unmanned vehicles and allow to determine their exact position during inspection of tunnels.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Inspection of tunnels or canals that are underground and in places of difficult access (e.g. mountains) can be very difficult and dangerous for humans. In the future, these operations have the potential to be performed by autonomous unmanned vehicles that can access much harsher locations and conditions. However, there is a current limitation that is preventing the deployment of this technology for the monitoring of complex and expansive networks of tunnels: standard position reference technologies struggle to perform where GPS or wifi are not available, and/or environmental conditions are challenging. 

Therefore, the Seeker is looking for technological solutions that can be embedded in state-of-the-art unmanned vehicles and allow to determine their exact position during inspections of tunnel networks. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 15, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered


Enel Green Power, established in December 2008, is the Enel Group company that develops and manages energy generation from renewable sources at a global level, with a presence in Europe, Americas, Asia and Africa. Enel Green Power is a major global operator in the field of energy generation from renewable sources, with an annual production of 32 TW/h, mainly from water, the Sun, wind and the Earth's heat, meeting the energy consumption of over 11 million families and avoiding 17 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. Enel Green Power has an installed capacity of 10.571 MW, produced by 710 plants in 16 countries and with a generation mix that includes wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass. 

We are committed to contributing to sustainable development. We believe that renewable sources play a central role in promoting the competitiveness of the production system of several countries and to ensure secure energy supplies. Indeed, widespread electricity generation from water, the Sun, wind and the Earth's heat helps improve a country's energy independence, while also protecting the environment. Enel Green Power aims to grow by substantially increasing its installed capacity and enhancing each country's technology mix, aimed at highlighting specific local peculiarities and building on Enel's expertise in this sector. In countries having a retail organisation, we also work for families and companies in order to achieve energy self-production, -consumption and -management. 

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