Enel is a multi-national power company and a leading integrated player in the world’s power and gas markets. Here at the Enel Pavilion you will have the opportunity to develop innovative solutions for the unique challenges faced by Enel as a leading player of the energy sector.
Enel is looking to solve challenges at different levels of its value chain. At present, the following external Challenge is accepting submissions on the Enel Open Innovability platform:
The following Challenge is under evaluation:
- Low Cost No Revenue-grade Smart Meters for Microgrids
Solutions for these past Challenges have been selected as winners:
- Locating Robots in Deep, Underground, Expansive Tunnel Networks
- Maximizing Sunlight Reflection of the Ground Surface in Solar Plants
- Anti-icing Solutions for Distribution Networks
- Portable Communication System for Tunnels and Confined Spaces
- Replacing a Coagulant for Water Treatment
The following Challenge was withdrawn with no Solution awarded:
- Neutral Conductor Grounding System in Low Voltage Distribution Grid
In addition, Enel Green Power, an Enel Group company, launched an Innovation Competition, a public prize challenge, organized to solve 5 technical issues, with new and innovative ideas. These were External Challenges being run directly by Enel Green Power and held on their website. 10,000 Euros was won by the following Solvers for each of the individual Challenges:
Use of Drones/Satellites in Renewable Plants
- Pro-Drone: A company that proposes autonomous UAV (Unmanned aerial vehicle) solutions for blade inspection of wind turbines. They equip the drones with space awareness sensors for blade inspections and this allows full blade inspection to be completed in 12 minutes while the expected levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) reduction is about 0.12%.
- Keith Aubin (EGP employee): This solution proposed to incorporate drone photographic data into the powerful software capabilities of GIS (Geographical Information Systems), in order to enable EGP to pioneer the use of the latest UAV’s and GIS to reduce Operation & Monitoring costs and rapidly disseminate information. When images and video are collected via UAV, they need to be processed and disseminated before decisions can be made; new GIS software and customized workflows allows the evaluation and correct response to these large quantities of imagery data.
Automatic Assembly of Photovoltaic (PV) Plants
- Luciano Salvietti Cignetti: The winning solution proposed the use of an automated guided vehicle (AGV), purposefully designed for the assembly of PV plants. The solution consists of developing an improved version of a vision control robot, already used for PV assembly (and taking a cue from solutions currently in use in agriculture), but not yet fully autonomous and customizable for many plant layouts.
Photovoltaic Panel Cleaning
- Md Auwal Hassan: The winner proposed to apply a porous surface SLIPS (Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces) to the PV panels. This is an omniphobic, self-repairing, self-cleaning, resistant to abrasion and corrosion product. The proponent conducted a scouting and highlighted this coating treatment as a good solution to minimize the soiling issue in PV plants. Many Research Institutes and Companies are developing this product, among them Harvard University.
- Kaustubh Ghule: The winner proposed an automatic cleaning system, consisting of a lead screw and nut which is rotated by motor and having a wiper brush fix on the nut, positioned between two solar panels. The system is completely “water free”. The design has been developed in house by the proponent and a patent is pending on this solution. The proponent is a young Indian new graduate (B.E Mechanical Engineering).
Wind Turbine Generator Blades Anti-Icing / De-Icing System
- UltraTech International: The winner developed an organic-inorganic hybrid material, with a unique combination of fluid repellency and exceptional toughness for abrasion resistance and environmental stability. These hydrophobic/oleo phobic coatings possess low surface energy leading to easy cleaning, rain repellency, and excellent corrosion resistance. The product was developed as part of a 6 years US Military funded research to create a clear hydrophobic coating that would coat the canopies of F16 fighter jets.
New Geophysical Prospecting Techniques
- Jatinder Hanspal: The winner solution combines three different techniques – ZTEM (Z-Tipper Axis Electromagnetic), FTG (Full tensor gradiometry) and magnetic data – to perform an integrated interpretation, including 3D geological modeling and geophysical inversion. The strengths of the key technologies when combined lie in the ability to provide detailed subsurface geologic mapping by an aerial method. Such regional-scale integrated surveys for geothermal exploration will provide a better picture of the geologic framework of an area from which more focused exploration for prospective areas would be possible.