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Challenge Innovative Solutions to Reduce the Maintenance Cost of Public Lighting in Cities

Innovative Solutions to Reduce the Maintenance Cost of Public Lighting in Cities

Award: $10,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Posted: Aug 05 2019
Challenge ID: 9934150
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Enel believes that innovation is indivisible from sustainability and research of most effective and sustainable technologies requires a constant and focused effort. Enel is seeking solutions to reduce the cost of maintenance of public lighting systems.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Enel would like to optimize the costs of construction, operation and maintenance of the street public lighting (intended as a complex system consisting of an electrical panel and its components, i.e. lines, supports, arms and lighting bodies). For this particular Challenge, the Solver should focus on technologies/best practices that can reduce maintenance costs or man-hours of maintenance activities.

Submissions will include a technical description of the technology/best practice and evidence of its ability to lower cost and/or man-hours on the maintenance of public Lighting Systems.

This Challenge provides contribution to the following SDGs:

  • SDG 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE - Invest in infrastructures that promote sustainability.
  • SDG 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Anyone can participate in this Challenge, but the Seeker is especially interested in solutions from maintainers in the electricity sector (low voltage, DSO (Distribution System Operator), possibly with experience in Public Lighting, both part of the Enel sector and operators working with our competitors.

There is a potential for possible collaboration with the Seeker after the Challenge.

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This is a Theoretical Challenge, which requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the submission by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer the exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solver will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on September 20, 2019. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions.


Enel X is a global company with strong roots in the energy sector and an open strategy geared towards digitalisation, sustainability and innovation. Enel X uses a 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, Enel X has structured its 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, Enel X has also created the “Innovation & Product Lab,” which conceives, develops and tests new products and services. This is often with the help of customers.


What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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