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Enel Open Innovability Challenge: Smart Boiler – Predictive Boiler Maintenance

Award:  $30,000 USD
Deadline: Withdrawn
Posted: Jul 12 2018
Challenge ID: 9934130
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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:

  1. A detailed description of your proposed Solution addressing specific Solution Requirementspresented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge. This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data obtained as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge and delivery of a prototype if requested by the Seeker.

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.


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[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 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:

  • 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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