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Enel Challenges / Secondary Substations


New design for sustainable Enel Secondary Substation


UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has just been extended until November 15th!

Enel Grids is calling on designers, architects, engineers or inventors to reimagine one of its most critical assets: Secondary Substations!!
The Company is looking for a new design concept for the construction of this innovative sustainable building system that must have innovative features in terms of design, materials and construction, incorporating principles of sustainability within a circular design approach and better fit into the urban landscape.

Visit the official Enel Open Innovability® challenge page to participate.

Secondary substations are electrical infrastructures dedicated to the transformation of medium voltage to low voltage, and to the control and the protection of the electricity grid. The Challenge aims at identifying an innovative architectural design for a street-level secondary substation that features sustainable materials and is able to ensure the harmonious integration of the structure into the rural and urban contexts of use while retaining existing functionalities.

The challenge
The purpose of this Challenge is the creation of new sustainable architectural concepts dedicated to secondary substations. The primary goal of the Challenge is the creation of an innovative and sustainable architectural modular system that allows a high degree of versatility, a necessary requirement to adapt the buildings and architectural elements to the different contexts of use present in the area.

Given the great variety of environments wherein secondary substations are installed, the challenge provides three case-study sites to adopt as contexts of use for the development of the proposed solutions:
● urban contexts (large municipalities);
● semi-urban (small municipalities) or peripheral contexts;
● rural contexts.

The new design should be centered on the following key aspects:
1. Project modularity and replicability
2. Visual and sustainability impact
3. Communication
4. Sustainable materials and renewable energy
5. E-mobility promotion
6. Social inclusion
7. Lighting

Proposals will be assessed by an independent jury of prestigious international experts in the fields of architecture, design and sustainability, including:
- Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, an international architecture and interior design studio;
- Arup, a London Based multinational engineering consulting firm focused on sustainable built environment;
- Legambiente, an Italian non-profit environmental organization;
- CIID, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design;
- EnSiel, an Italian consortium of Universities that operate on electric systems and facilities;
- IED Istituto Europeo di Design;
- Francesco Cascino Art Consultant.

Typology: Architectural Design | Deadline(updated): 15 November 2022 | Award: up to €30.000

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