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Leading Dutch energy supplier is looking for new smart solutions to activate customers to use their energy more efficiently and produce energy themselves

Country of Origin: Netherlands
Reference Number: TRNL20171004001
Publication Date: 9 October 2017

Summary

A leading Dutch energy supplier wants to activate their customers’ behaviour in use and production of energy. Therefore the company is looking for innovative products and services that can support this strategy. The proposed type of collaboration is a license agreement.

Description

The large Dutch company is an energy provider that aims to provide comfort, which makes it pleasant to be at home or in the office.  

The company stimulates customers to generate energy themselves and improve the energy efficiency of their homes and offices by installing solar panels, new heating systems or insulation. In addition, they give customers insights in their real time energy consumption through a mobile application and show them how they can save money without compromising on comfort.

The company believes in a decentralised and digital energy system, where smart technology improves the comfort level and ensures the matching of demand and supply of energy. The company is interested in new applications, products and services that not only will inspire customers, but also activate them to use their energy more efficiently and even offer flexibility in energy distribution. Flexibility can be achieved for example by demand-side management; encouraging the consumer to use less energy during peak hours, or move the time of energy use to off-peak times.

New smart technologies should support these strategies in different ways, ranging from Smart Home Technologies to Demand-Side Response Management.

The type of collaboration sought is a license agreement.

This technology request is an innovation challenge that is published on an open innovation platform. If interest in cooperation with this firm is expressed, the potential partner will be guided to this open innovation platform on which he can get in touch with the company via a chat function. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Besides open discussion on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After closing of the open innovation platform on December 1st, the firm will start selecting the partners that will be invited for further contact. Expressions of interest that are made after December 1st will be handled as usual in the Enterprise Europe Network.

Expertise sought

Companies experienced in developing Smart Home Technologies or able to develop parts of the desired concept like designers of software applications, user interfaces or Internet of Things related products. Consultancy firms that can set up a combined pilot project to show the potential and the applicability of new products in Smart Home Technology.

Stage Of Development

Prototype available for demonstration

Stage Of Development Comment

The company is interested in innovative products and services in end stages of development; prototype or already on the market.

Requested partner

Companies experienced in design or consultancy in the field of control/user interfaces that can set up a combined pilot project to show the potential and the applicability of new products in Smart Home Technology.

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