Enel S.p.A. through its US-based renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”) has become a global partner of and strategic advisor to Energy Excelerator, an American incubator for clean energy start-ups based in Hawaii.
“This partnership with an organization that shares our vision to use innovation to tackle the world’s energy challenges can only add to the implementation of Enel’s Open Innovation philosophy,” said Francesco Venturini, Enel’s Head of Global Renewable Energies. “Innovation is key to our business strategy and to helping us keep up with the shifting energy landscape. Hawaii is one of the most promising innovation testing grounds which has a high penetration of renewable energy sources, and through this partnership we aim to expand our network of innovators to open energy up to new uses, new technologies, and new people.”
As a global partner, Enel will be part of Energy Excelerator’s strategic advisory board, alongside the U.S. Department of Energy, GE Ventures, Blackstone and power utilities from five different countries among others, to provide member start-ups with the support needed to develop innovative clean energy solutions. By joining Energy Excelerator, Enel will access the organization’s portfolio of start-ups, as well as advise in the selection of projects to be supported by the incubator.
Energy Excelerator is a non-profit organization with the mission to solve the world’s energy systems challenges through innovation, funded by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Energy, and corporate partners. Energy Excelerator operates as an international program of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research focused on de-risking and commercializing early stage energy technologies, using Hawaii and the Asia Pacific as a test bed. To date, it has awarded more than 15 million US dollars to 53 companies whose fields span energy, water, transportation, agriculture, and cyber security. The organization is based in Hawaii, one of the world’s most prominent testing grounds for innovation and a leader in the creation of a new energy economy.
The Energy Excelerator’s approach complements Enel’s incubator strategy and further expands the company’s start-up reach. In July 2016 Enel launched its first Innovation Hub in Tel Aviv, Israel, in collaboration with SOSA & The Junction, one of the country’s most successful innovation communities. Enel is also involved in several start-up acceleration programs, such asEnergy Start in Latin America and INCENSe in Europe. Enel is at the forefront of innovation in the energy sector, as highlighted in North America by the Stillwater hybrid power plant, in Nevada, which is the world’s first to combine geothermal, solar PV and solar thermal power at one site and the recent acquisition of Demand Energy Networks, Inc., a leading energy storage software and project developer.
Enel, through EGPNA, is a leading owner and operator of renewables facilities with projects operating and under development in 23 US states and two Canadian provinces. EGPNA operates over 100 plants with a managed capacity exceeding 3 GW, powered by hydropower, wind, geothermal, and solar energy.
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