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The Open Innovability ecosystem

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Enel operates through an Open Innovability model, where the solutions, as well as being innovative, guarantee long-term sustainability for Enel’s business and for the communities in which the Company operates.

It is an ecosystem based on sharing, which allows you to face challenges by connecting all areas of the Company with startups, industrial partners, small and medium-sized enterprises, research centers, universities and solver ecosystems, through crowdsourcing platforms.

Enel has 91 active innovation partnership agreements, including 8 global agreements which cross over several Business Lines. In addition to Enel’s traditional activity fields, such as conventional generation and renewables, they have promoted the development of new e-mobility, microgrid, energy efficiency and industrial IoT solutions. The network of hubs where startups have the opportunity to test their solutions with the support of Enel’s structures and knowledge, was expanded during 2018. There are 6 Innovation Hubs (Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Moscow, Santiago de Chile Open Innovability and digitalization and Rio de Janeiro) and 3 Innovation Hub & Labs (Catania, Pisa and Milan). 28 bootcamps and scouting activities dedicated to specific technologies of interest to the Group were organized through the Innovation Hubs in 2018.

Innovation activities are managed, in compliance with current regulations and with the Enel Compliance Programs, by the Innovability Function in collaboration with the various Holding Functions and Business Lines in all the countries in which the Group operates.

There are dedicated structures on an individual Business Line level, in order to facilitate the development and dissemination of innovative solutions. A three-year innovation plan is defined each year to support the Group’s strategic priorities. To be defined as innovative an idea must be sustainable, replicable and satisfy one or more specific needs. The plan is submitted for approval by the Group Innovation Committee which is chaired by the CEO and shared with the top management. Each Business Line then puts all the activities in place that are instrumental in achieving the specific targets, using all the Open Innovation tools, such as the relationships with startups, sellers and academic partners, the involvement of internal innovation communities to explore frontier solutions, the development of patents and corporate entrepreneurship, the strengthening of internal creativity and internal and external crowdsourcing initiatives. The innovation process is monitored by specific indicators, which take into account the number of innovative opportunities generated and how they are processed during all phases.

Innovation priorities for the threeyear period 2019-2021 include: new digital solutions for the business, internal processes and customer management; automation of plant construction, management and maintenance phases; development of new products, innovative services and new technologies for energy production; innovation in management and customer interaction; in situ safety operations; sustainable management of water resources and other natural resources.