MISO Challenge: Future Innovation of the U.S. Electric Grid
The United States bulk electric system (BES) is evolving, reflecting significant changes across energy demand, energy supply, transmission, distribution, reliability imperatives, and resource availability and need. The Seeker for this Challenge, Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. (MISO) is looking for innovative models and candidate use cases and demonstration projects that leverage edge, emerging, disruptive and transformation technologies, capabilities, products, and services to address the evolving needs of electric utilities in operating the BES. Three industry mega-trends: decentralization, de-marginalization, and digitalization (“3D”) have brought about the evolution and diversification of utility generation portfolios. MISO has identified five such “utilities of the future” as: conventional, new mix, high wind, distributed, and wireless. Each of these distinct utility profiles has specific strengths to offer BES as well as needs to be addressed by the RTO (MISO) regarding Availability, Flexibility, and Visibility. Transformational solutions are needed to evolve MISO’s ecosystem of exchange that take into consideration the needs of these future utilities and leverage innovation within and beyond the traditional energy value chain.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Innovative Survey Techniques to Detect Small Shallow Archaeological Finds over Large Areas
Enel Green Power (EGP) is looking for non-destructive techniques to automatically detect small surfaced or partially buried archaeological finds (e.g. potsherds, lithic tools, bones, etc.) scattered in large areas, in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness of archaeological surveys, carried out during the preliminary phases of construction projects, to preserve the historical and cultural heritage.
Fonterra Challenge: Sustainable Butter Mini-Dish
Fonterra currently exports large volumes of butter in a form Portion Control Unit called the “mini-dish.” Many customers around the world are actively challenging manufacturers, such as ourselves, to reduce the amount of plastic in our products. For us, this challenge is manifesting in our butter mini-dish.
With the potential to lose customers if we cannot remediate this problem, we are actively seeking a sustainable, non-plastic alternative to our current mini-dish that does not compromise the product quality or our strict food safety standards.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Innovative Transitional Hybrid Power Plant
Enel Green Power is looking for innovative solutions that can integrate renewable energy sources (RES) with gas power plants (GPP) necessary to ensure the adequacy of the energy system in the transitioning phase towards 100% renewable energy generation. These new concepts for transitional hybrid power plants may also include the integration and implementation of Multi Vector Energy Storage Systems (MuVESS) such as thermal and electrical energy storage. Ideas must go beyond simple site-sharing and should address real process/plant synergies to create hybrid concepts that are more than the sum of their parts.
Producing Glass Wool and Insulating Building Materials from Wind Turbine Blades
Enel Green Power (EGP) is looking for sustainable and economical processes to produce glass wool and insulating building materials by recycling wind turbine blades. EGP is the leader in the renewable energy sector and operates in Europe, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa.
DTEK Challenge: Increasing the Number of Electric Vehicles on the Road
Electric vehicles (EVs) are an environmentally conscious alternative to traditional cars with internal-combustion engines. Despite growing interest, the rate of adoption is not as rapid as energy providers would like. To improve the profitability of EV charging infrastructure, DTEK is searching for creative and actionable solutions to increase the popularity of EVs.
Mitigating the Environmental Impact of Large Photovoltaic Plants
Enel Green Power (EGP) is the leader in the renewable energy sector and operates in Europe, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa. Thanks to innovative energy technologies, EGP produces power from solar and other renewable energy sources. EGP is committed to contributing to sustainable development and in this context, EGP is interested in finding innovative ideas for mitigating the environmental impact of large photovoltaic (PV) plants while maximizing the benefits for local communities.
Designing Cost-Effective Curbside Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to developing innovative products and digital solutions in sectors in which energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries, and electric mobility. Enel X is interested in technical designs of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are easily accessible with minimal visual and physical impact within an urban environment.
This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation including electrical and mechanical design of the solution.
Soil Damping Assessment of Offshore Foundations for Wind Power
The lack of knowledge of the soil contribution to damping in offshore wind turbines has an impact on energy costs for utility-scale offshore wind installations, since this unknown requires designers to oversize structures, hence making them more costly.
The Seeker is looking for new methods to accurately measure the soil-structure component of damping and its contribution to the damping of offshore wind turbine structures.
Recycle and Reuse of Wind Turbine Blades
Enel Green Power (EGP) is looking for the best available methods to recycle and/or reuse the materials the wind turbine blades, in order to be more and more sustainable, under a circular economy perspective.