Enel Green Power (EGP) is looking for innovative intelligent systems, or devices, that can be easily installed on penstocks and open-close channels at hydropower plants, for measuring water mass flow rate. The system must be able to measure water mass flow with a good degree of accuracy and reliability and should be able to share the measured data with the plant’s systems.
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.
EGP is a company of Enel Group, 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 among which 49 are based on renewable sources.
In the pursuit of the goal of 100% renewable generation, hydroelectric power accounts for a significant portion of total EGP electricity production. Maximizing the efficiency of hydroelectric plants could therefore have a relevant impact on the total energy production and to perform the calculation of efficiency, it is necessary to know several parameters that depend on the flow rate entering the turbine. However, the measurement of the flow rate is one of most difficult tasks and the methods usually used in water flows are not universally applicable.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on October 3, 2021.