Enel is looking for start-up or small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to partner with and develop an algorithm capable of using the information coming from the specific sensors (whose typology can be identified by Solvers themselves: sound, current, etc) to evaluate the remaining useful lifetime of network components in order to efficiently plan their maintenance.
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership
Failures on the grid are often consequence of sudden disruptive events, such as fulminations or mechanical damages. But this is not always the case. The majority of failures is, in fact, related to aging and progressive deterioration of grid components (e.g. junctions, cable connectors, insulators). The occurrence of “Partial discharges”, a localized dielectric breakdown under high voltage stress, is one of the main causes of device deterioration. While other types of discharge are usually identifiable by a signal, such as a relatively smooth glow or a brush discharge in the air, partial discharges within solid insulation are often not visible.
Hence, Enel is looking for start-up or small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to partner with and develop an algorithm capable of using the information coming from the specific sensors (whose typology can be identified by Solvers themselves: sound, current, etc) to evaluate the remaining useful lifetime of network components in order to efficiently plan their maintenance. Eligible Solvers will have an algorithm that is already in development (TRL 4 or more).
This Challenge provides contribution to the following Sustainable Development Goals:
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal as described above to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership. Upon completion of the evaluation, the Seeker may contact selected Solvers directly to work out terms for a collaboration.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time, and not US Eastern Time) on January 10, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered. However, we strongly recommend Solvers to submit before the December 05 in order to allow our experts from different business lines to deep dive into your solution.
ABOUT THE SEEKER
Enel is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. Enel works in 34 countries across 5 continents, generating energy with a net installed capacity of more than 86 GW, selling gas and distributing electricity across a network spanning approximately 2.2 million km.
With almost 71 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 Enel Group is made up of nearly 70,000 people from around the world whose brilliant work is based on our values of Responsibility, Innovation, Trust and Proactivity.
Enel is dedicated to creating innovative solutions that meet society’s changing needs. Through its openinnovability.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):
7 - Access to affordable and clean energy
4 - Support for quality education
8 - Contributing to socio-economic development in the communities in which Enel operates
13 - 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.
What is an eRFP Challenge?
eRFPs allow Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to help solve a business challenge to the InnoCentive Solver community. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.
After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.
This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Challenges of this type do request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.