Enel and Formula E, making history in New York

Published on Thursday, 13 July 2017

Thanks to the electric single seat racing cars of Formula E, the dream of holding a Grand Prix race around the streets of New York is set to become reality.

On July 15 and 16, for the first time in the history of the FIA competition, the silent racing cars of the world championship series for electric vehicles will reach speeds of over 200km/h around the 1.21 mile of the Red Hook Circuit in Brooklyn, in the heart of the Big Apple. The Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty will form the backdrop for the ninth and tenth races of the third season of the Formula E series.

Enel, the event’s Official Power Partner, will share the limelight at the New York City Qualcomm ePrix, providing cutting edge energy technology that will contribute to making every aspect of the event increasingly sustainable and reducing its CO2 emissions.

In New York, with the support of Enel Green Power North America and the newly acquired Enel company Demand Energy Networks (DEN), an energy storage software developer and the market leading project developer in NYC, Enel will be on track , once again, with its innovative and green energy technologies (smart meter, Energy storage, solar panels and charging stations).

Our Group is, in fact, experimenting with innovative energy solutions to transform Formula E into a cutting edge carbon neutral energy event. On the occasion of the NYC ePrix, together with Demand Energy we have provided an intelligent storage system to optimize energy consumption and manage the overall electric load in the ePrix paddocks and manage the energy flows during the race in real time. In practice, when the demand for electricity from the network peaks, the DEN energy storage solution kicks in to avoid interruptions to the energy supply.

The system developed by DEN is not its first in New York; the company developed a project at Marcus Garvey Village that includes the installation of a high quality urban microgrid (300kW /1,2 MWh) integrated with a 400kW photovoltaic plant, a 400kW fuel cell system and Lithium batteries that are managed through the DEN.OS (Distributed Energy Network Optimization System) management system, the software platform developed by Demand Energy that enables the remote control of distributed energy resources, optimizing electricity consumption and costs. The project is part of the Brooklyn-Queens Demand Management Program promoted by the utility Con Ed, and has created the first integrated microgrid for installed storage for residential use in the city. The project is the first system of lithium-ion batteries approved for deployment at a residential complex, in this case one that comprises 625 homes.

Enel has a consolidated presence in the United States through Enel Green Power North America, which manages 3.3 GW of installed capacity from renewables, including the innovative hybrid plant at Stillwater (geothermic, solar photovoltaic, solar thermodynamic), while a further 898 MW are currently under construction. In recent months the company has broadened its horizons, enlarging its portfolio with the acquisition of Demand Energy, and more recently signed an agreement to acquire EnerNOC, a leading company in Smart energy management services based in the US.

We await you on the track to demonstrate the advantages and the innovative solutions for electric mobility and the new sustainable dimension of motorsport created by Enel for Formula E.