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Automated Solution for Cable Preparation and Accessory Installation

  • Award: Collaboration with Enel
  • Challenge type: Electronic Request for Partners (eRFP)
  • Challenge under evaluation

Challenge overview


Enel Global Infrastructures and Networks S.r.l. is searching for collaboration partners to provide an instrument or tool able to prepare a cable and automatically install an accessory on medium voltage (MV) lines of the distribution networks of Enel Group Distribution Companies. The device must be able to perform the necessary operations with minimal operator intervention.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.



In the field, operators manually prepare cables for repair or accessory installation. This can occur in various places such as excavations in the ground, at the base of poles (ground level), or at the top of poles (height reached by a lifting basket). Considering the different locations of installation, we are willing to consider all types of solutions: a lightweight device, a device capable of reaching certain heights with an instrument capable of meeting all the requirements listed below. The device will have to carry out the necessary operations in the most automated possible way, limiting manual intervention to the minimum necessary in order to minimize possible errors of execution by the operator, increase worker safety and improve ergonomic work conditions.

The described Challenge aims to identify an automated device that shall be used in all countries where Enel has MV distribution networks.

This Challenge provides contribution to the following SDG:

•      SDG 8, 9  

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

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on January 31, 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 and 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 and 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.


What is InnoCentive?

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What is an eRFP Challenge?

An InnoCentive eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the InnoCentive Solver network. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.