Enel Grids proposes a new challenge on Open Innovability®

For Enel, the world’s first private electricity distribution network operator, infrastructure development must always embrace the principles of sustainability right from the design stage, pursuing a logic of open collaboration and shared value creation. This approach must be integrated into every single component of the system: from transformer plants to power distribution lines, from street boxes to digital meters. It is precisely on the basis of sustainability that the company is launching a new challenge on the Open Innovability® platform.

Enel Grids, the Enel Group company dedicated to electricity distribution, wanted to propose a challenge aimed at identifying new designs for primary transformer substations, which architecturally interpret the values of Grid Futurability®, the Group’s industrial approach to transforming electricity infrastructures into increasingly resilient, participatory and sustainable platforms. Enel is looking for architects, engineers, designers, innovators, start-ups and companies from any country to propose architectural solutions for the construction of primary substations in an innovative and sustainable way that can be integrated into the territory where they will be built.

Enel Grids is therefore looking for a new design and architectural concept that embodies the principles of the circular economy. Proposals will therefore have to be innovative in terms of design, materials and construction, while at the same time meeting the requirements in terms of sustainability within a circular design approach; the primary substation will have to be fully integrated into the environmental and social context in which it is installed.

Sustainability continues to represent a fundamental value for Enel, a key factor in orienting electricity distribution network development projects in such a way as to combine reliability and security of service with care for the environment, the territory and local communities.
The ultimate goal is to support the decarbonisation path and, in so doing, make the energy transition possible and concrete. This is one of the missions that Enel pursues through “Grid Futurability®“, an industrial approach for the transformation of distribution networks devoted to resilience, participation and all-round sustainability.
Participants are invited to submit projects for Primary Electricity Transformation Cabins (capable of transforming high-voltage electricity into medium-voltage energy). These plants are the focus of Enel’s development project because they are fundamental nodes in the electricity system. Primary transformer substations can be installed in different contexts according to need, from urban centres to suburbs to rural environments. This variety of context and location makes it necessary to reconcile versatility, reliability, sustainability and technical precision.
The challenge is published on the Enel Open Innovability® crowdsourcing platform, where all details and specifications can be found. The projects will be assessed by a commission composed of representatives from Enel and a number of high-level personalities from universities, institutions and the design and architecture sectors. Up to 40,000 euros are up for grabs.

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