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AI for Protected Vegetation Recognition

  • Award: $20000 USD
  • Challenge type: Theoretical - Licensing
  • Challenge under evaluation

Challenge overview


Enel Green Power (EGP) is looking for new tools to improve the environmental sustainability and biodiversity preservation of its renewable installations, as photovoltaic plants and/or wind farms. In particular, EGP is looking for solutions to be applied during the construction phase of renewable power plants to detect selected tree or other vegetation species, that may be rare, in danger of extinction, or of particular importance for the local biodiversity equilibrium of the considered area, or that are protected by regulation. Improperly identified plant species during the preliminary phase of a project could delay the renewable plant construction.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.



Enel Green Power (EGP), a global leader in the development and management of energy production from renewable sources (wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal), is aware of the value of the ecosystems and of biodiversity and is committed to the responsible management of natural resources along the construction phase of new plants. EGP, pursuing the target of a 100% renewable generation, is opening, and managing new construction site in the Countries where it is present, always looking for new tools and techniques to enable strategies aimed at improving the environmental sustainability and guaranteeing biodiversity preservation of its renewable installations. Protected tree species, not properly detected and identified during the preliminary phase of construction projects, could lead to delays to project timelines, costly redesign works or even bring the entire construction site activities to a halt.

In particular, EGP is looking for artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to be applied during the construction phase of renewable power plants to detect selected tree or other vegetation species, that may be rare, in danger of extinction, or of particular importance for the local biodiversity equilibrium of the considered area, or that are protected by regulation.

This Challenge provides contribution to the following SDGs:

•      SDG 9, 15

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

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.

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 February 28, 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

Enel Green Power is the global Enel Group’s brand focused on developing and managing renewable energy generation systems, with a global presence in 32 countries in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector, operating more than 1,200 plants with a managed capacity of 49 GW across a generation mix, which includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants. Enel Green Power is a strategic partner that enables communities, companies and the final consumers to move towards sustainable living, driving the shift towards a decarbonized society and actively contributing to the development and wellbeing of the territories where it operates. Enel Green Power applies the CSV (Creating Shared Value) Model, finding new business opportunities by solving social problems, combining competitiveness with the long - term sustainable value creation.

Thanks to its research, technological innovation, internationally renowned operational excellence, and the hard work of its people, Enel Green Power looks to the future fully aware of its potential for growth, both in terms of additional capacity and operational performance. Enel Green Power invests in new technologies to improve its flexibility and performance, under the lens of Sustainability and Circular Economy.

With its international experience, it also develops custom projects to offer companies the best solutions when it comes to energy generated by renewable sources. Clean energy and sustainable projects, competitive costs and tailor-made solutions are the main benefits of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), tools capable of building strong, long-lasting partnerships with business and industrial clients.

Enel Green Power is also one of the founding members of RES4Africa Foundation, the association founded in 2012 to promote renewable energies and the spread of knowhow on the African continent.