Enel, new laboratory in Israel for artificial intelligence in renewables

Enel new laboratory in Israel for artificial intelligence in renewables

(Finance) – Is in the today inaugurated theEnel AI & Robotics Lab, a laboratory dedicated to the exploration of innovative applications of artificial intelligence and robotics in renewables and electricity distribution networks, and to the development of sustainable solutions and materials. This is the fourth initiative for innovation launched by the Enel Group in Israel and it’s sponsored by Enel Green Power and Enel Gridswhich within the Group are dedicated, respectively, to the generation of clean energy and the distribution of electricity.

The inauguration was attended by Sergio Barbanti, Ambassador of Italy to Israel, Gideon Friedmann, Scientific Director at the Israeli Ministry of Energy, Dr. Ami Appelbaum, Scientific Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Israel Innovation Authority and Avi Hasson, CEO by Startup Nation Central. For Enel, the Group Chairman, Michele Crisostomo, the CEO of Enel Green Power, Salvatore Bernabei, and the Director of Enel’s Innovability, Ernesto Ciorra, attended the event.

“The Enel AI & Robotics Lab is a new milestone in the Group’s path to promote innovation for the energy transition” – declared the President of Enel Michele Crisostomo –. “Innovation supports our Group’s mission, which is to enhance sustainability in electricity generation, in the development and digitization of networks as well as in the electrification of end uses, thus creating long-term shared value for our stakeholders. Through the new Lab, we intend to further expand our collaboration with Israel’s dynamic innovation ecosystemfinding the best solutions for our needs and discovering new development opportunities, in continuity with the success stories achieved so far through our Open Innovability approach “.

Enel AI & Robotics Lab, located in the center of Tel Aviv, provides startups with an area of ​​almost 300 square meters of open space and meeting rooms as well as a laboratory area, in which to carry out both office activities and prototyping and experimentation of small robots, drones and sensors. The Lab will support the development of artificial intelligence and robotic technologies, in particular those focused on automation and digitalization in renewables and on the construction and management of networks, as well as the development of innovative and sustainable materials. It will host newly launched startups and offer them technical and commercial validation by providing access to test sites, real data, expert know-how, hardware and software. The validation process will include a Proof of Concept (PoC) with the ultimate goal of transforming those startups selected by Enel as solution providers into global scale-ups. Furthermore, the Lab will collaborate with local universities, companies and innovation communities to interact with the Israeli ecosystem, as well as to host workshops and meetings to explore challenges and use cases for which Enel is seeking highly innovative solutions.

The Lab began operating in June 2022, hosting its first three-day innovation bootcamp, during which various commercial and technical challenges were explored, and solutions discussed with more than ten startups. Future bootcamps will offer the players involved the opportunity to work with Enel on numerous challenges, including: automation solutions for the construction of photovoltaic systems, to ensure a safe, effective and efficient work environment; ascertaining the safety of workers through safe driving and monitoring of risky behavior in the field; digitization and automation using artificial intelligence techniques and optimization models for the validation of cutting-edge solutions to support operational processes in the field; innovative solutions for the management and maintenance of renewable energy plants and distribution networks to increase the number of activities that can be performed remotely or autonomously (for example: multifunction robots, visual analysis models, etc.); use of drones in the utility sector using aerial networks for wireless charging of drones.