The new innovation lab, which is the fourth innovation initiative started in Israel by the Italian group, is sponsored by Enel Green Power and Enel Grids
Enel has officially inaugurated the Enel AI&Robotics Lab in Tel Aviv, Israel to explore using artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in renewables and power grids.
The new lab will also be used for developing sustainable solutions and materials, said the Italian energy company.
It is the fourth innovation initiative started in Israel by the company. The sponsors of the Enel AI&Robotics Lab are Enel Green Power and Enel Grids, which are the Italian group’s divisions focused on the generation of clean power and power distribution, respectively.
Enel chair Michele Crisostomo said: “The Enel AI&Robotics Lab is a new milestone in the Group’s journey to foster innovation for the energy transition.
“Innovation helps our Group’s mission to improve sustainability in electricity generation, grid development and digitalisation, as well as electrification of end uses, therefore creating long-term shared value for our stakeholders.
“Through the new lab, we aim to further expand our cooperation with the vibrant Israeli innovation ecosystem, finding the best solutions to our needs and discovering new opportunities for development, a continuation of the success stories experienced so far through our Open Innovability approach.”
According to Enel, the new lab provides start-ups with nearly 300m2 space that includes open areas, meeting rooms, and a laboratory area. This space enables both office activities and the prototyping and experimentation of small robots, sensors, and drones.
The lab is expected to underpin the development of robotics and AI technologies, particularly those geared towards automation and digitisation in the renewable energy sector and the construction and operation of networks.
Furthermore, the Enel AI&Robotics Lab will house early-stage start-ups and provide them validation of their technology and business by giving them access to real data, test sites, expertise, hardware, and software.
In order to engage with the Israeli ecosystem, the lab intends to associate with companies, local universities, and innovation communities.