Renewable energy challenge by Enel | Construction sites operational improvements

Enel is looking for a smart device to make excavations at its sites safer and more effective.

Enel is looking for innovators to develop cutting-edge and sustainable solutions to accelerate the energy transition

Enel Green Power (EGP), the global leader in the development and management of energy production from renewable sources (wind, solar, hydroelectric, marine and geothermal), has a challenge for you!


Safety is a non-negotiable priority for EGP on all sites, implemented with significant actions. With this approach, Enel leverages on innovative solutions EGP employees and contractors can use to increase their safety in the workplace.


Today, Enel Green Power is looking for the prototype of a smart device that could be easily integrated on excavators and/or drilling machines during normal excavation activities, for early detection of the presence of underground utility infrastructures and automatic warning to the operator when the bucket is close to pipes or cables, with particular attention to powered cables, through visual and acoustic signals. 

Do you have a solution and want to take part in this challenge?

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The best proposal to meet all the requirements will win 10,000€!



And there’s more: Enel Green Power could select the best proposals to negotiate a collaboration contract.



At the moment, two possible approaches are adopted to detect underground utility services during the excavation activities:

  • On-site survey on site to map the underground utilities with traditional systems, such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR);
  • Checking drawings and excavating slowly and carefully.


How can we detect the presence of underground utility services early, during normal machine operations and timely alert the operator when the bucket is close to underground cables or pipes?



If you have a solution, apply now!


All participants are invited to carefully read the challenge and the Regulation of this challenge, before submitting a solution.

By submitting a solution, they automatically accept  Regulation other than the Terms of Use of this platform.

Please submit your proposal in English.

The challenge is addressed to Startups.

The employees of the companies of the Enel Group who are involved in the organization and management of the Competition, as well as their spouses or partners and their relatives up to the fourth degree, are not eligible for participation in this Challenge.

Furthermore, employees of Enel Group companies that are working or have worked, in the last 12 months, in/with Enel Green Power in the technical sector of the industry 4.0 innovation field and underground utility services activities, or their spouses, partners or any of their relatives up to the fourth degree as identified according to Italian law, are not eligible for the participation in this Challenge.

IP rights

The award will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by Enel. The solution will be awarded only if it fits all solution requirements. If no solution responds to all the requirements, the award will not be assigned.

Participants are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to Enel. Rather, by submitting a proposal, each participant grants Enel a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use any information included in their proposal, in order to evaluate it and to perform any activities, which may be necessary for the challenge. Such license shall be limited to the entire duration of the challenge.

In case of awarding, the winning participant will be required to grant Enel a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, sublicensable and transferable license for the use of the proposed solution.