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Challenge <p>Enel Open Innovability Challenge: Advanced Chimney Internal Inspections</p>

Enel Open Innovability Challenge: Advanced Chimney Internal Inspections

Award:  $20,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Posted: Oct 26 2018
Challenge ID: 9934134
 
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Abstract

Enel –Produzione S.p.a. would like to improve the current methods for inspecting large chimneys in power plants.  Currently, chimney inspections are executed by specialized personnel working at heights with scaffolding and taking pictures high resolution cameras. The Seeker is looking for alternative ways to remotely inspect chimneys using ready or near ready technology that can lessen these factors. Near ready is defined as something that could be tested within the next 6 months and has feasibility already tested.

Solvers that have the ability to continue to help develop the solution after the Challenge are encouraged to submit.

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.

 

Overview

The general reference characteristics of a chimney are as follows :

  1. 140 – 290 m total height of reinforced concrete structure that enclose up to 4 liners;
  2. In multi-liners chimney the internal diameter of a single liner could measure from 3 up to 6 m;
  3. In single liner chimney the internal diameter could measure from 3 up to 8 m.

Several chimney configurations are shown in the pictures within the Chimney example paragraph of the challenge full description on the Enel Open Innovability site (accessed by clicking 'view more details'.

Today the accepted practice provide sufficiently clear images to detect the following types of defects:

  • Cracks or breaks in refractory bricks, lack of cement mortar between the bricks;
  • Corrosion of the refractory from acid flows;
  • Joints damages between the refractory sections (only with single liner chimney);
  • Deposits along the flue surface.

Defects are marked with a referenced altitude and position to facilitate the mapping and localization.

Access to the single liner is possible from the top or from the waste gas duct.

This Challenge provides contribution to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • SDG 9 - Good health and well being
  • SDG 3 - Industry Innovation and Infrastructure

Currently, chimney inspections are executed by specialized personnel working at heights with scaffolding and taking pictures high resolution cameras. The Seeker is looking for alternative ways to remotely inspect chimneys using ready or near ready technology that can lessen these factors. Near ready is defined as something that could be tested within the next 6 months and has feasibility already tested.

Solvers that have the ability to continue to help develop the solution after the Challenge are encouraged to submit.

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, 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 November 26, 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[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

 

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:

-           To define power generation technologies of interest as well as innovation project portfolio;

-           to manage Innovation projects aimed at improving operational performances of existing power plants

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.

 

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