Designing a Sustainable Secondary Substation

Challenge details

Name: Designing a Sustainable Secondary Substation
Challenge type: Reduction to Practice (RTP)
Award: $30000
Deadline: Under Evaluation

Challenge overview


Enel Global Infrastructure & Networks is looking for a new design concept for a prefabricated secondary substation, which must have innovative features in design, materials, and construction, incorporating the principles of sustainability and, in particular, a circular by design approach. The new design must ensure, both in the technical characteristics and in those of the product, the complete observance of the technical and safety regulations currently enforced for its use and installation, as well as consider the minimum dimensions to house all the equipment normally found inside.

This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation including an architectural design of the solution.



Secondary substations constitute electrical infrastructures dedicated to the protection of medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) electricity grid components and accessed by Enel's expert staff.  The described Challenge aims to identify an innovative architectural design of a street level secondary substation that utilizes sustainable materials and improves the integration of the structure in rural and urban contexts, while retaining existing functionality.

Enel is fully committed to the energy transition with a particular focus on decarbonization of its business model. Enel considers environmental sustainability as a priority to be embedded in all the Group's businesses and considers, among other things, the circular economy as a strategic driver to pursue this transition and achieve its commitment. Enel's vision of circular economy is not limited to materials recycling, but extends to business activities along the entire value chain involving its ecosystem, starting from the design and procurement phases up to those of production and end-of-life management: to be truly effective this approach, must be applied from the design stage and must guide the design of the new prefabricated secondary substations.

This Challenge provides contribution to the following SDGs:

•       SDG 89, 11, 12  

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Explain your proposal clearly in English, attach documents (max 5 files, 25MB total size) if needed.

This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation including an architectural design of the solution.

The submission to the Challenge should include the following:

  1. An explanation of the proposed solution addressing specific Solution Requirements along with a well-supported rationale and pertinent data
  2. Schematics that illustrate important aspects of the design
  3. A cost assessment, prototyping timeline, and implementation strategy

Upon Acceptance of a Proposed Solution by the Seeker and payment of the Award, the exclusive IP rights of the winning Solution will be transferred to the Seeker.

The total prize pool budget is $30,000. Furthermore, partial awards may be considered for solutions that meet some, but not all, of the criteria.

The final award for this Challenge is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the verification process, including acceptance of the Challenge-Specific Agreement (CSA) that is the regulation for this Challenge. The verification process includes obtaining the following from the Solver: signed affidavit (based on the CSA), employee waiver (if applicable), proof of identify, and Counterparty Analysis Questionnaire (CAQ).

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on March 15, 2022. 

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.


 ABOUT THE SEEKER             

Enel is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. Enel works in more than 30 countries across five continents, generating energy with a total installed capacity of more than 88 GW, selling gas and distributing electricity across a network spanning approximately 2.2 million km.

With almost 74 million end users around the world, Enel has the biggest customer base among our European competitors, and we are one of Europe’s leading energy companies by installed capacity.

The Enel Group is made up of approximately 67,000 people from around the world who are working together on the same goal. We are Open Power and our aim is to overcome some of the greatest challenges facing the world. This is to be achieved through a new approach which combines attention to sustainability with the best in innovation.

Enel is dedicated to creating innovative solutions that meet society’s changing needs. Through its 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 4 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • 7 - Access to affordable and clean energy
  • 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • 11- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • 13 - The fight against climate change

Global Infrastructure &Networks is the business line in charge of steering and coordinating the electricity transmission and distribution activities of Enel Group in 8 Countries (Europe and South America). 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, Global Infrastructure &Networks is today an international benchmark for Smart Meter and Smart Grid solutions.

Enel is the largest private group to own and operate power distribution networks in the world, providing grid connection to over 74 million end users and distributing every year more than 480 TWh of electricity across more than 2.2 million kilometers of power lines spread throughout eight countries. With the ambition to unify the management of all our networks around the world, we are developing a new global operating model for our grids, pursuing an innovative platform organization. At the same time, we are redesigning a large portion of our operations leveraging on digitalization and strengthening our computational capabilities in order to process increasingly larger volumes of data. All of these elements are key for our growth strategy, which spans over 2021-2023 with a vision to 2030.


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