Challenge Expiration Date: September 20, 2019
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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For questions about the challenge and your proposal you can contact EnelOpenInnovabilityChallenges@innocentive.com
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.
In case the winner will be an external solver (not Enel Employee), a potential collaboration with Enel X could be negotiated after the acceptance of the award.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (CET) on September 20th, 2019.
Late submissions will not be considered.
Specific regulation in the CSA attached at the bottom of this page.
What happens next?
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 will evaluate the proposal using the following criteria:
- Overall scientific and technical feasibility of the proposed solution;
- Economic potential of concept (e.g. Total Cost of Ownership);
- Business potential for Enel;
- Novelty and creativity;
- Potential for proprietary position (i.e., is the technology novel or protectable);
- User’s capabilities and related experience;
- Realism of the proposed solution;
- Maturity level of the proposal.
In case the reward includes “Collaboration with Enel”, once suitable solution/s have been identified, Enel will reserve the opportunity to start a collaboration, by way of example, all or part of the following activities:
- Test execution;
- Supply of prototypes (if an equipment);
- Installation and site tests;
- Follow up and monitoring of the proposed idea behavior.
Upon completion of the evaluation, you will receive feedback.
In case of success, an Enel contact person will get in touch with you to discuss the next steps.
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), and proof of identify.
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