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November 10, 2020
Time – “Reflect. Reimagine. Reinvent. It all adds up to Enel’s ReShape” 
Even in the current context characterized by the pandemic, Enel has demonstrated its resilience through a process of reflection and reinvention. The result is ReShape, a global call for proposals to foster partnerships with innovators, startups, and small and medium-sized companies to find innovative solutions to global challenges within the context of the “new normal” that we are experiencing.
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November 10, 2020
Harvard Business Review – “How a Corporate Giant Can Support Your Startup (and Vice Versa)” 
The futures of startups and large corporations seem increasingly destined to meet. Bringing together strengths and weaknesses in a process that aims to create value and benefits for both partners is at the basis of Enel’s spirit of Open Innovation. The Harvard Business Review traces the history of startups like iGenius, E-Labos, and weAR, which established productive working relationships with Enel through its Innovation Hubs network.
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October 19, 2020
Repubblica Affari & Finanza – “Caccia aperta alle startup” (“The hunt is on for startups”)
The picture provided by Open Innovation Outlook Italy 2021 (the annual report on innovation in Italy compiled by Mind the Bridge and Smau) revealed that a growing number of companies in our country are consolidating their collaboration with startups. The difference between Italian companies and the global leaders remains substantial: according to Mind the Bridge’s parameter of “Open Innovation Readiness,” Enel is the only one of the 25 businesses analyzed that scored higher than 4, in line with the most innovative companies at international level.
By Andrea Frollà
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July 28, 2020
Startupitalia.eu – L’AI sostenibile che risparmia il 50% dell’energia. I piani green di iGenius (“Sustainable AI that saves 50% on energy: the green plans of iGenius”)

“The Innovability® Team at Enel has been fundamental to understand our potential.” StartupItalia interviewed the founder and CEO of iGenius, Uljan Sharka, who explained how our Group contributed to the development of crystal: the AI advisor for data intelligence launched on the market in 2019 after a pilot test carried out in the Enel Group. Enel is still one of the main clients of iGenius, which has a hundred employees and offices in Switzerland, Great Britain, and the United States.
By Alessandro di Stefano
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June 22, 2020
Gente – “Se un’auto elettrica resta senza energia arriva il furgone-ricarica?” (“If an electric car runs out of power, a special charging van is on hand to help”)
An electric car can run out of power – it happens. In Rome and Milan, however, Enel X customers can call for assistance through the JuicePass app, explains Alberto Piglia, Head of e-Mobility at Enel X. Help arrives in the form of an E-Gap, a mobile charging van (electric, of course) that will immediately reach the e-car anywhere in the city and provide a full charge of energy. When requesting assistance through the app, customers can select the type of charge and related tariff and then track the arrival of the van in real time. The service offers further peace of mind to electric car users, complementing the over 30,000 charging points that are already accessible in Europe through JuicePass, approximately 9,200 of which are in Italy.
By Alberto Piglia
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June 15, 2020
EconomyUp – “Energia sostenibile, così Enel innova con le startup gli impianti eolici e solari” ("Sustainable energy, how Enel is innovating with startups for its wind and solar plants")
Nicola Rossi, Head of Innovation in the Global Power Generation business line, tells us how Enel is working towards the creation of a new value chain (not yet in existence) to make renewables even more sustainable. These initiatives include the recycling of wind turbine blades and an experimental project in the United States to increase the land use factor at a photovoltaic solar park through integration with agriculture. Similar projects have been set up in Europe and in Italy.
By Giovanni Iozzia
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June 9, 2020
Tribuna Economica – “Cooperazione scientifica e industriale Italia-Israele. Intervista all'Ambasciatore Gianluigi Benedetti” ("Scientific and industrial cooperation between Italy and Israel. An interview with Ambassador Gianluigi Benedetti")
“We are Israel’s sixth largest supplier and its fourteenth largest client.” The Italian Ambassador to Israel, Gianluigi Benedetti, discusses the current state of economic and industrial relations between the two countries. In these years, “the most successful experience has undoubtedly been Enel’s: in just three years, it opened a technology hub in Tel Aviv, an Innovation Lab in Haifa, and in May it won (through Enel X) the competition for the new fintech Innovation Lab in Be’er Sheva, the world hub for cybersecurity.”
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June 5, 2020
Startupitalia.eu – “Droni in edilizia e dati nello spazio. L'ecosistema dell'innovazione di Enel” ("Drones in construction and data in space. The Enel innovation ecosystem")
Enel has created a global ecosystem of hubs and labs that is unique in the world and is at the heart of the Group’s innovation today. CivDrone and Carto demonstrated the effectiveness of this strategy. During the Covid-19 emergency, CivDrone created a robot capable of autonomously sanitizing closed environments like hospitals. The Spanish company Carto played its part in dealing with the Coronavirus emergency with Corona Madrid: an app that helps people showing symptoms to make a self-diagnosis, thereby alleviating pressure on health services.
By Alessandro di Stefano
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June 5, 2020
Startupitalia.eu – “Enel Innovation Hub, il network che supporta le startup ad alto potenziale”("Enel Innovation Hub, the network supporting startups with high potential")
What is it like to work at the Enel Innovation Hubs in Italy? The Innovation Hub in Pisa focuses on renewable and sustainable generation technology. The startups based there include i-EM, a company providing solutions to optimize the decision-making process in the energy field using machine learning models and techniques powered by big data and satellite data analysis. Another example is the startup Infibra Technologies, which began as a spin-off of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa and develops measurement systems using fiber optics.
By Chiara Buratti
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May 12, 2020
Startupitalia.eu – “Smart working, assicurazioni, progetti solidali: le soluzioni antiCovid di Enel” ("Smart working, insurance, charitable initiatives: Enel’s anti-Covid solutions")
Remote working, an insurance policy for its staff, and various charity projects: these are just some of the initiatives that Enel set up to respond to the Covid-19 emergency. The smart working option benefited 55% of its 68,000 employees. Enel was also the first multinational to introduce an insurance policy for all of its staff in case of hospitalization due to Covid-19. A “holiday bank” was introduced for those unable to work from home, and a remote psychological counselling service was made available to everyone.
By Chiara Buratti
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May 4, 2020
Calcalistech.com – “Mastercard and Enel X win right to establish new fintech-cybersecurity laboratory with 3.7 million dollars in state funding”
Enel X and Mastercard will create a new research laboratory devoted to cyber-security for financial technology in Be’er Sheva, Israel. The aim is to support research in cyber-security and help fintech businesses and startups reach the proof-of-concept phase. The project will be funded not only by the IIA, but also by the Israel National Cyber Directorate and by the Israeli Finance Ministry.
By Hagar Ravet
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April 26, 2020
Oilprice.com – “Is this the most innovative power company in the world?”
Enel isn’t only the world’s second largest energy company and the largest utility in Europe, with more than 60 million customers mainly in Italy, Spain, and Latin America. Some years ago, the Group’s management embraced the twin concepts of sustainability and decarbonization. The Group has reduced its coal-fired generation by one third over the last year and aims to eliminate it completely by 2050. Moreover, thanks to its focus on innovation, Enel has been at the forefront of digitalization and the installation of smart meters.
By Leonard Hyman & William Tilles
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April 23, 2020
Wired – “Sourcing the crowd to help the world”

In 2017, Enel launched its crowdsourcing platform Open Innovability® to gather new ideas on open innovation and sustainability. To date, Open Innovability® has presented 80 challenges in an ecosystem of 400,000 potential problem solvers and has received more than 4,000 solutions from companies, startups, researchers, and individuals in over 90 countries. The Group recently invited people to present ideas for the Covid-19 emergency.
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April 17, 2020
Startupitalia.eu – “Covid-19 Challenge, la call per le migliori idee sul post-emergenza” ("The COVID-19 Challenge, the call for the best post-emergency ideas")
The COVID-19 Challenge is the name of the Call4Ideas launched by Campus Bio-Medico in Rome and Marzotto Venture Accelerator. It will reward the best technological ideas and projects for dealing with the coronavirus emergency, especially in the so-called “Phase 2” and “Phase 3” periods. The call for proposals for a total of 5 million euro has been relaunched by Enel on its own crowdsourcing platform openinnovability.com, and it aims to support ideas and projects with high technological content in many areas, including health and society. “We’re looking for all the technologies and solutions that can make both the company and its employees more resilient in the future so that we can continue to provide our support to Italy and all the other countries in the world where we are present,” says Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s Chief Innovability® Officer.
By Alessandro di Stefano
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April 17, 2020
EconomyUp – “Enel accelera sul digitale e sull’innovazione contro il Coronavirus” ("Enel accelerates on the digitalization and innovation fronts to fight the coronavirus")
Enel is the first multinational to have activated an insurance policy for all of its 68,000 employees in case of Covid-19 hospitalization. More than half of the Group’s staff are now teleworking. Enel is also supporting the Covid-19 Challenge, which was launched by the Campus-Biomedico University with Marzotto Ventures Accelerator to identify the technologies and solutions that can make both the company and its employees more resilient in the future.
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February 3, 2020
Rinnovabili.it – “Innovation Communities: la nuova filosofia Enel dell’Open Power” ("Innovation Communities: Enel’s new Open Power philosophy")
From Artifical Intelligence to robotics, from blockchain to energy storage. The 10 Innovation Communities that Enel has created are open and don’t have hierarchies. Their purpose is to “track down and recognise emerging technologies, to share and spread the best experiences” and to harness these technologies “for the best applications that have never been used before”. The communities, whose members include some 200 Enel employees from different sectors and countries, follow the Group’s Open Power philosophy; in other words, the greatest possible openness both internally and externally, “a business model that cultivates people’s energy and potential” and which “promotes the exchange of information, knowledge and experience”. This is the best approach for bringing about innovation.
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29 January 2020
Rinnovabili.it – “Enel, qualunque sia il futuro per l’idrogeno, che sia 100% verde” ("Enel, whatever the future for hydrogen, it must be 100% green")
Currently almost 100% of the demand for hydrogen in the world is absorbed by the industrial sector, which uses it as a raw material for many applications. Nevertheless, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 98% of hydrogen production comes from fossil fuels, causing CO2 emissions in the region of 830 million tons a year. The only way to help the fight against climate change is to replace the production of hydrogen from polluting sources with green hydrogen, which is produced by electrolysis powered by electricity from renewable sources. Enel believes that this is the “only way to produce hydrogen that is sustainable in the long term” and “with zero emissions”. For this reason, it is considering decarbonisation projects in the so-called “hard to abate” industrial sectors where hydrogen is either necessary or cheaper than the direct use of renewable energy. 
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January 21, 2020
Rossiyskaya Gazeta – “Инновации от мира сего” ("Innovation in this world")

“The open innovation approach has produced 10,000 interesting ideas in five years.” In an interview, Enel’s Head of Innovability® Ernesto Ciorra explains the Group’s transition from a closed to an open approach, and how this led to roughly 6,500 collaborative proposals from startups, and 2,000 from the OpenInnovability.org crowdsourcing platform. The Group also found an ecosystem favorable to innovation in Skolkovo, Russia, where it opened an Enel Innovation Hub in 2017.
By Yulia Krivoshapko, Marianna Yerknapeshyan
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January, 2020
PrimaComunicazione  "Illuminando il futuro" ("Lighting up the future")
CES® (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas is an annual international trade fair that has been unveiling the latest developments in technology for over 50 years. Enel attended the 2020 edition, where it presented its own idea of innovation which, in the words of its Head of Innovability®, Ernesto Ciorra, “is a means, not an end: the end is the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the fabric, of the ecosystem around Enel.” Thanks to Enel X’s new products, which were on display at CES, the Group was able to offer “its own model of a city of the future that consists of electric cars, smart street lighting and houses that work with home automation technology.” And that’s not all. Enel’s idea of innovation also includes supporting startups and small innovative companies, like E-Labos and weAR, which were able to show their solutions at the Enel Group’s stand.
By Valeria Sforzini
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