The Seeker for this challenge is looking for an effective way to cost-effectively maintain containers of lithium ion batteries in the optimum temperature range of 15°C to 25°C during operation, guaranteeing the normal operation of the battery cells and a minimum auxiliary power consumption.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Lithium ion battery storage systems are usually installed in containers. During operation the batteries generate heat that raises the temperature in the container to above the optimum operation values (15°C to 25°C). Therefore, the containers are equipped with Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to cool down the environment and guarantee optimum and durable performance of the battery cells.
HVAC systems fall short because in order to perform they need to be set up at a very low temperature, leading to very high consumption of auxiliary power, especially during the summer. Hence, the seeker for this challenge is looking for an effective way to cost-effectively maintain battery room temperature in the 15°C to 25°C range, guaranteeing the normal operation of the battery storage and a minimum auxiliary power consumption.
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 February 16, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered.
ABOUT THE SEEKER
Enel Produzione S.p.A – Innovation of Global Thermal Generation is part of Enel Group. Innovation, within the Global Thermal Generation Business lines has the following responsibilities:
Innovation develops activities and projects aiming at developing advanced technological solutions for increasing power plants environmental and technical performances, flexibility and reliability and at identifying advanced integrated technological systems for power plants monitoring/diagnostic and safety management.
What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?
An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.
This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.