Formula E: the dream of New York comes true for EGP innovation

Published on Friday, 14 July 2017

“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 Global 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.

Innovation races at 200 km/h

The silent racing cars of Formula E reach speeds of over 200km/h around the 1,947 km of the Red Hook Circuit in Brooklyn, and on the asphalt of Brown Street and Clinton Wharf, it’s  also a testing ground for the most innovative and sustainable products.

In New York, supporting the Enel business line Infrastructure, Networks and Renewable Energies, which at each race of the series installs a smart minigrid plug and play system consisting of intelligent meters and energy management systems plus a photovoltaic plant and energy storage system, will be Enel Green Power North America and the newly acquired Enel company Demand Energy Networks (DEN).

“Enel is experimenting with innovative energy solutions to transform Formula E into a cutting edge carbon neutral energy event.”

Smart energy thanks to storage and digitalization

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.

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.