A device is needed that can collect, store and transmit data from all residential gas fired boilers for use in preventative maintenance cycles and predicting potential malfunctions. More details will be provided in the Detailed Description.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and prototype delivery.
There are many types of residential gas fired boilers in use today. Newer models use digital busses, as OpenTherm, to collect maintenance data, but older models use non digital protocols (they provide only on/off). A device is needed that can be attached to a residential boiler and collect, store and send information regardless of the type/protocol for maintenance and predictive malfunction purposes.
The submission to the Challenge should include the following:
Receipt of a Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker.
To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, they will grant to the Seeker non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on September 7, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.
ABOUT THE SEEKER
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 capitalization 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 kilometers, 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 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 digitalization, 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:
What is an RTP Challenge?
An InnoCentive RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to an InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of IP rights, please see the Challenge-Specific Agreement.