Challenge <p>Novel and Customer Engaging Use Cases for Home Energy Consumption Data</p>

Novel and Customer Engaging Use Cases for Home Energy Consumption Data

Award:  $10,000 USD
Deadline: Jun 14 2018 23:59 EDT
Posted: May 16 2018
Challenge ID: 9934129
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The challenge to Solvers is to identify innovative use cases of detailed home energy consumption data, so to provide energy-utility customers with an engaging home management system/solution.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.


Several technical solutions are currently available on the market to provide customers with detailed information about their home energy consumption. As an example, the capability to see and analyse such data is very important for customers to better manage their energy bill. This includes the capability to analyse the consumption of their home appliances but goes beyond it, to the capacity to recognise the benefits of “greener” and more efficient energy sources, such as photovoltaic energy, that also reduce the dependence from the grid. Recognition of these benefits and seeing them clearly reflect in our energy consumption data is crucial for the adoption of better practices and “green” energy.

While current solutions can provide such data for customers to become more aware of their consumption (e.g. average consumption rates, peak consumption hours, breakdown of consumption per appliance, etc.) and ultimately to reduce their energy bill, what is observed in practice is that the customers’ interest for such data generally tends to decrease rapidly in time.

Hence, this is a call for novel solutions that i) on one hand deliver reliable and useful information for consumers and, ii) on the other hand, do it in an engaging manner so that the customers adopt the solution regularly and consistently over time. The Seeker envisages that this can be achieved by one or both of the following:

  1. New uses of the data – in addition to services related to consumption-awareness and savings on energy bill, what other services, useful and interesting for the customer, can be enabled by a detailed monitoring of home energy consumption?

  2. New and engaging user experience (e.g. involving gamification, rewards systems, etc.) – what features should the solution contain so that customers use it regularly and adopt it as a key tool to fulfil their everyday needs (including, but not being limited to, energy-bill management)?

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on June 14, 2018. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

This Challenge is hosted on the Enel Open Innovability site and further details are available there.  You will be redirected there when you click ‘View Challenge Details’.


Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power, gas and renewables markets. It is Europe’s largest utility in terms of market capitalisation and figures among Europe’s leading power companies in terms of installed capacity and reported EBITDA. The Group is present in over 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with around 88 GW of managed capacity. Enel distributes electricity and gas through a network of over 2 million kilometres, and with over 65 million business and household customers globally, the Group has the largest customer base among European competitors. Enel’s renewables arm Enel Green Power already manages around 41 GW of wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower plants in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia.

In 2017, the Enel Group made significant progress towards the achievement of the four UN SDGs it is committed to, namely 600,000 beneficiaries under SDG 4; 1.7 million beneficiaries under SDG 7 in Africa, Asia and Latin America; 1.5 million beneficiaries under SDG 8 and CO2 emissions equal to 400 g/kWheq1[1] under SDG 13. Enel has committed to achieve, by 2020, 800,000 beneficiaries under SDG 4; 3 million beneficiaries mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America, under SDG 7; 3 million beneficiaries under SDG 8 and CO2 emissions lower than 350gCO2/kWheq under SDG 13

Who we are

We are a global company with strong roots in the energy sector and an open strategy geared towards digitalisation, sustainability and innovation. We use smart, simple and fast technologies to help our customers discover a new way of using energy, all over the world.

Enel X covers a global field of action

In order to provide the new solutions requested by customers and to be ready for the future, we have decided to structure our business line into four Global Product Lines:

•          e-Industries, offering solutions aimed at large-scale customers, with a particular focus on flexible services (consulting, technologies linked to energy efficiency, distributed generation and the creation of off-grid and Demand Response solutions);

•          e-Mobility, covering every type of customer, with the aim of becoming the technological leader in the sector and promoting increasingly widespread and efficient electrical mobility with charging infrastructures, Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and second-battery life services;

•          e-Home, dedicated to residential customers, with services like installation and maintenance of advanced technological solutions for the home; for smarter homes, capable of saving more and more energy and offering greater wellbeing;

•          e-City, offering public administrations and municipalities integrated services and connectivity solutions, like the wholesale offer of fibre optic services.

Alongside the four Global Product Lines, we have also created the “Innovation & Product Lab,” which conceives, develops and tests new products and services. This is often with the help of customers.



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