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Challenge <p>Protecting LV and MV Distribution Lines from Bird Collisions and Nest Formation</p>

Protecting LV and MV Distribution Lines from Bird Collisions and Nest Formation

Award:  $30,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Posted: Sep 05 2018
Challenge ID: 9934135
 
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Abstract

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and, if requested by the Seeker, prototype delivery for a pilot demonstration to be performed by the Seeker for the purposes of evaluating the effectiveness of the solution.

Overview

Some types of birds, mostly storks, choose the high parts of MV and LV poles to build their nests during nesting season (January to April). Storks have been identified as responsible for shooting the lines, either because they touch the lines with the wings or because wood sticks or other materials fall from the nests that they build in the poles.

Storks are protected species so, removing the nests is not an option to preventing the collisions with the lines and consequent downtime and decreased service. Thus, the protection of the lines must be done in one of two ways:

  1. by protection measures on the poles where nests already exist, and

  2. preventive measures to prevent the construction of new nests.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and, if requested by the Seeker, prototype delivery for a pilot demonstration to be performed by the Seeker for the purposes of evaluating the effectiveness of the solution. The submission to the Challenge should include the following:

  1. A detailed description of your proposed Solution addressing specific Solution Requirements presented 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.

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 November 26, 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’.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Enel is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. Enel works in 35 countries across 5 continents, generating energy with a net installed capacity of almost 85 GW, selling gas and distributing electricity across a network spanning approximately 2.2 million km. With 63.5 million end users around the world, Enel has the biggest customer base among its European competitors, and it is one of Europe’s leading energy companies by installed capacity and reported EBITDA. The Group is made up of nearly 62,900 people who help promote Enel’s two cardinal principles: innovation and sustainability.  Enel is dedicated to creating innovative solutions that meet society’s changing needs. Through its openinnovability.enel.com crowdsourcing platform, the company connects people and ideas from across the world, encouraging anyone to propose sustainable innovation projects and solutions that help develop local communities.  Enel is also committed to helping to achieve four of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):  1. Access to affordable and clean energy 2. Support for quality education 3. Contributing to socio-economic development in the communities in which Enel operates 4. The fight against climate change

Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks is the business line in charge of steering and coordinating the energy transmission and distribution activities of Enel Group in 8 Countries (Europe and South America). Enel Distribución Peru, with more than 1.4M end users and 8TWh distributed energy, is the second Distribution System Operator in the Country, managing the distribution network of Lima. With a view of sharing and fostering the best practice in network digitalisation and industry 4.0, from field operations to a new customer experience, Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks is today an international benchmark for Smart Meter and Smart Grid solutions.

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