ENGIE calls for projects
As part of its commitment to developing innovative services and products that promote and facilitate the energy transition, ENGIE pursues a comprehensive policy of investment, startup incubation and interaction with local ecosystems. The Group is constantly searching for innovative solutions, and issues many calls for projects via its OpenInnov by ENGIE platform.
OpenInnov by ENGIE: a 360° commitment to turning good ideas into operational solutions
The aim of the Group's open innovation commitment is to give startups, entrepreneurs and project sponsors the opportunity to put forward their ideas and receive assistance from ENGIE and its energy and digital technology experts.
This commitment has four cornerstones, all of which are grouped together under the OpenInnov by ENGIE banner:
- Investment in innovative projects external to the Group. ENGIE backs the talent and ideas of young startups, whose growth it supports via its €100 million ENGIE New Ventures investment fund. Tendril, Powerdale and Advanced Microgrid Solutions are just three of the startups that have benefited from its help
- Incubation of projects promoted by Group employees via the OpenInnov by ENGIE platform. The first five startups to emerge from this program recently took off as fully-fledged businesses.
- Interaction by putting in place structures and events to promote innovation and facilitate knowledge sharing. Innovation Week, the annual startup competition held in partnership with Bonjour Idée, the hackathon organizer, and the energy industry innovation morning events, offer many opportunities to meet and interact
- Supporting innovative projects by giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to submit their ideas freely to the OpenInnov platform and by issuing many calls for projects in key energy topics.
The OpenInnov by ENGIE calls for projects
ENGIE regularly launches calls for projects in strategic areas of energy:
- Decentralized energy generation
- Smart homes
- The cities of tomorrow and urban mobility
- Digital control of energy efficiency
- Other areas of expertise in a broader context cover projects in many different categories
Selected by a panel of expert judges, the winning startups are supported in their growth by the Group, giving them the opportunity to see their solutions become a reality in the market.
ENGIE and its subsidiary company SHEM are inviting the submission of projects to develop a simple, affordable and remotely accessible maintenance solution for use with all hydropower generating architectures and plants. In practical terms, this system must automatically generate the relevant maintenance operations for each architecture component of a given generating plant. In parallel with the system itself, its users will form an interactive network with the central aim of pooling maintenance operations. The cutoff date for submissions is November 20, 2016.
Waste energy or heat is effectively the energy generated by an industrial process with a completely different primary purpose. This energy is often lost unless it is recovered and/or reused. The aim of this call for projects issued by ENGIE Axima in partnership with the French Food Industry Association (Association Nationale des Industries Alimentaires or ANIA) is to identify new ways of recovering and reusing the waste energy generated by food industry refrigeration systems. Although only 10-15% of this energy can be easily recovered today, the aim is to make maximum use of this heat energy source, thereby creating value for the industrial customer. The cutoff date for submissions is December 31, 2016.