Challenge Expiration Date: May 28, 2019
Enel Green Power (EGP) is the leader in the renewable energy sector and operates in Europe, Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa. Thanks to innovative energy technologies, EGP produces power from solar and other renewable energy sources. EGP is committed to contributing to sustainable development and in this context, EGP is interested in finding innovative ideas for mitigating the environmental impact of large photovoltaic (PV) plants while maximizing the benefits for local communities.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Solar power is a renewable, alternative energy source that can be harnessed every day in all weather conditions; the number of operational PV power plants has grown rapidly worldwide. While the amount of power generated can exceed a gigawatt, PV plants require large tracts of land for panel installation resulting in ecological changes and other environmental issues such as desertification due to the presence of solar panels, concurrent use with respect to agriculture, reduction of flora and fauna, water contamination, water use for panel cleaning, etc.
Therefore, EGP is primarily interested in finding actions to mitigate the concurrent use of the land and that can generate a positive impact associated with a LARGE PV PLANT. These can be implemented in new and existing PV plants. Attention will also be given to proposals maximizing social benefits for local communities. The ultimate goal is to find disruptive ideas that can be developed on a global scale for a true epochal change in this energy sector.
This Challenge provides contribution to the following Sustainable Development Goals:
The construction of large photovoltaic (PV) plants is continuously growing worldwide. The main advantage of solar power, from an environmental point of view, is mainly related to the reduction of greenhouse gases, however, some concerns have been raised with regard to land use, water consumption, and microclimate modification. Some efforts have already been made by Enel Green Power (EGP) in this sector and single pilot initiatives are being developed in various countries with regard to revegetation, restoration of land and soil reuse, fauna rescue, etc. Each site that is selected for a PV plant has unique characteristics with respect to the environment, geography, local culture, and socioeconomics, therefore, a one-size-fits-all solution is unlikely to exist.
Recently, EGP connected two new solar parks to the Mexican power grid, providing more than one gigawatt of solar capacity. The Villanueva project is just one example of how careful planning by EGP minimized environmental impact and also stimulated the local economy. Sustainable construction remains a hallmark of EGP facilities and this is exemplified by the Totana project in Spain. Another example is an ongoing research program aimed at identifying sustainable vegetation growing practices creating shared benefits to the solar project (Aurora Solar Project in Minnesota) and to agriculture in the area surrounding the facility through pollinator-friendly practices.
Enel Green Power is searching for ideas that either mitigate the environmental impact of large PV plants or preferably generate a more positive outcome. The identified interventions should be applied either to new PV plants or as a retrofit solution.
NOTE: Issues regarding the disposal and recycling of PV modules and other plant components are out of scope and thus excluded.
Submissions must have the following qualities:
In addition, the following qualities are highly desired but not required:
The submitted proposal should be a maximum of 10 pages and include the following:
Tipologia: Challenge prize
Paese: Italia, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgio, Brasile, Canada, Cile, Cina, Corea del Sud, Danimarca, Egitto, Finlandia, Francia, Germania, Giappone, Gran Bretagna, India, Israele, Lituania, Messico, Norvegia, Paesi Bassi, Repubblica Ceca, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Spagna, Sudafrica, Svezia, Svizzera, Stati Uniti d′America, Vietnam
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