|Founder||Italian government (1962)|
|Announced||13 April 2018|
|Role||Official Power Partner|
Enel S.p.A., otherwise known as Enel, is an Italian multinational energy company that focuses on the distribution of electricity and natural gas. Originally formed as Ente nazionale per l'energia elettrica by the Italian government in 1962, Enel are now a privately owned entity listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.
Enel would become a partner of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in May 2016, having signed a deal with Formula E Holdings initially as a sponsor. Their role would subsequently be expanded ahead of the 2018/19 season, with Enel becoming the 'official power partner' of the series, supplying the series with electricity produced from glycerine generators.
Enel was originally formed on the 27 November 1962 by the Italian government, serving as the National Board for Electricity (Ente nazionale per l'energia elettrica). Formed by a parliamentary bill, Enel would subsequently take control of all major electrical companies in Italy, effectively nationalising the industry. The subsequent years would see a vast modernisation project conducted on the Italian electricity grid, with Enel also forced into finding new energy sources as a result of the 1973 oil crisis.
Nuclear power became major source of supply for Enel, with the group also investing heavily in solar farms during the 1980s. However, the Chernobyl disaster, combined with a move away from nuclear power in general, saw all of Italy's nuclear stations closed, costing the Italian government millions of lira. Enel was subsequently turned into a joint-stock company to increase funds, although the Italian Treasury was the only shareholder when the group was listed in July 1992.
Enel would subsequently be broken up into various divisions during the early 2000s following its privatisation in 1999, before embarking on a new series of investments in environmentally friendly energy. The group were also listed on the Milan Stock Exchange for the first time, with the Italian state holding a 23% share in the group.
Formula E History
Enel first became involved in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship midway through the 2015/16 season, signing a deal with Formula E Holdings to supply the series with electricity. To do so the group worked alongside Aquafuel Research Ltd. to run a set of glycerine fuelled generators, which provided near-carbon-free electricity for the series. Enel subsequently re-signed their deal with FEH ahead of the 2018/19 season, which saw their role extended to developing recharge technology for the new Spark SRT05e.
Enel supply the ABB FIA Formula E Championship with a set of glycerine fuelled generators, effectively allowing the series to run off its own power grid at an E-Prix weekend. The concept was introduced by FE's former supplier Aquafuel Research Ltd., who developed the concept for the series ahead of the 2015/16 season.
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- ↑ 1.0 1.1 'Enel expands partnership with Formula E', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 12/04/2018), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2018/april/enel-expands-partnership-with-formula-e/, (Accessed 08/02/2019)
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- ↑ 3.0 3.1 'Racing to the future at 200 km/h', enel.com, (Enel SpA, 25/05/2016), https://www.enel.com/stories/a/2016/08/racing-to-the-future-at-200-km-h, (Accessed 08/02/2019)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 'ENEL', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 2019), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/discover/partners/enel, (Accessed 08/02/2019)
- ↑ Jake Kilshaw, 'MOTOE: MotoGP Organizer Dorna Launches Electric Motorbike Series', e-racing365.com, (John Dagys Media, LLC., 06/02/2018), https://e-racing365.com/other-series/motoe/motogp-organizer-dorna-launches-electric-motorbike-series/, (Accessed 06/07/2019)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 'INSIGHT: Formula E’s emission-free charging', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 22/06/2016), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2016/june/insight-formula-e-s-emission-free-charging/, (Accessed 08/02/2019)
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