Jean-Pierre Clamadieu: "I do believe that innovation is key to the development of a company like ENGIE. Innovation is not just happening in labs. Innovation goes throughout all the activities that we develop within the company."
Claire Waysand : "Innovation creates value and business. In our sector, when things are changing so quickly, research, innovation, development are absolutely key. "
Judith Hartmann : " We are literally taking the company to the next level and writing a new chapter in the energy transition. "
Launched in November 2019, the Innovation Trophies received 540 applications by the Group's employees. In March 2020, the BU and the experts of the Group met as every year to select 52 finalist projects, but, did so remotely from home, as sanitary conditions require ! It was at the end of May and the beginning of June that the project leaders presented their innovations before the Grand Jury of the Innovation Trophies, which selected 16 winners, during 4 online sessions. The ceremony was postponed until September 22 in the hope that we could meet, but it is once again remotely that the awards have been presented. Throughout the month of September until 1 hour of the Ceremony, the ENGIE Employees were able to vote for their favorite project among the 51 finalists, further prolonging the suspense.
In parallel with the selection process for the winners, a hundred of the 540 innovations proposed in 2020 are in the spotlight as they are every year in the "100 Innovations" book. These are the 51 finalist projects and the following 57 projects, as chose by the Selection Committee.
SOLARIMO brings solar power to 50% of Europe’s population that live in apartments. The ENGIE startup offers a "full-service-package" to the owners of apartment buildings and sells cheap green solar power to the tenants. SOLARIMO started as an incubation project in 2017 and achieved market leadership position in Germany in 2019. It will offer its services across all of Europe as soon as the recent European renewable Energy Directive with the right for collective self-consumption is implemented.
Daniel FUERSTENWERTH, Malta KUENZE, Frank HOEPNER
LiLiBox is a solution to liquefy biomethane, store it and re-inject it into the gas network when it is available. The solution allows to increases the revenues of biomethane producers, allowing them to maximize the value of their biomethane production. At the beginning of the LiLiBox adventure in 2014, there was no adequate solution. From the design of an adapted and four times patented process that contributes to the objective of having 100% green gas in the gas networks by 2050 to a first deployment on a biomethane production site, it took 4 years to transfer the solution to Storengy for commercialization, as Azola.
Frédéric LEGRAND, Gabrielle MENARD, Laurent BENOIT
PEPS is a project to open and adapt positions in climate engineering design offices for deaf people.
Microsoft has ambitious carbon reduction goals, and sought renewable energy supply that better matched their consumption pattern. In response to this request GEM BU and North America BU together offered Microsoft a highly innovative renewable solution which combined the production of new ENGIE solar and wind projects with the risk management capabilities of GEM.
Nicolas MALCORPS, Anne IDIART, Makhiban GENGADHARAN, Graham DOWNEY, Joseph GILLESPIE, Adam ROTH, Quynh-Anh LAM
EFESTO is a pilot aimed at proving the efficiency of a circular economy project, based on heat waste recovery from a steel factory into a green energy infrastructure built by ENGIE: a district heating architecture that has allowed us to meet the city of Lonato del Garda's heating needs.
Melanie OEHMICHEN, Matthieu BONVOISIN, Barbara MARELLI, Alessio CIOCCA, Emiliano PIACIBELLO, Michele CERMINARA, Edoardo DE CAPITANI, Gabriele MINUCELLI
Build with Angers Loire Métropole the replicable French model of smart territory thanks to a unique and atypical grouping sharing the same values, combining diversity and complementarity of expertise to use technology to take care of those who live and build the territory. To the four key challenges of this ambitious project, ENGIE and its partners has brought solutions which relate to 9 business themes: public lighting, traffic lights, security, buildings, mobility, green spaces, water-sanitation, waste, health.
Guy PAGANELLI, Santa ORSINI, Lucile HOFMAN, Benoit BRIENT, Raphael KAZADI, Nathalie ALLEGRET
This new internal solution allows us to integrate circularity issues into ENGIE's services for territories and industries, making them more attractive to our customers. With BeCircle, ENGIE BUs can design projects that help close resource loops at local scale with shared economic and environmental benefits.
Axel MICHEL, Nathan SONALIER, Delphine ANTONIUCCI, Anne PRIEUR, Olivier GRAUWIN, Nathalie FILIPPINI, Vincenzo GIORDANO, Dimitri TAMANOS
A private residential microgrid, bringing decentralised energy to life, for a new zero-carbon community. The objective was to define a scalable, optimised local energy community solution and business model to maximise self-consumption of renewable energy at the community level, for UK residential developments, reducing commodity and system costs for end users, providing benefits for the local communities and the wider grid.
Damien KELLY, Andrew COWLEY, Christoph MAZUR, Andrew TURNER
The energy transition implies a massive development of renewable energies connected to the distribution network which must adapt accordingly. Local Energy Optimization provides the grid operator with a service for controlling consumption and production in order to reduce the constraints on the grid. This service thus reduces the need to reinforce the network while providing value to ENGIE customers.
Guillaume LEHEC, Cyrille PELLIZZARO, Cécile CORDIER, Yoann MAUDET
Laser thermography detection of internal damages of the wind turbine blades, getting their depths and dimensions, in order to repair them before they become serious and cause long energy production stops.
Jeremy HELLOT, Lucas ALLOIN, Bernard LAURENT, Blandine MOQUIN, Erwin GEORGE, SUPAIRVISION, University of Reims
Develop and install 100% recyclable wind turbine blades using a new resin developed by Arkema.
Vianney DE LAVERNEE, Thibaud UHL , Hervé MACAU, Ana NOVAK-ZDRAVKOVIC
REMBRAN is a traction machine that allows the replacement of polyethylene (PE) pipe connections without opening a trench, when PE is crossing a road. The machine can be used in the events of interventions on structures’ damages, scheduled work, leaks on the gas connection.
Guillaume DUPAS, Pascal CHEVRE
ENGIE prioritizes mobility business development. New Electric Vehicules (NEV) sales continue to grow in a substantial way in many countries. There are constraints of CAPEX, OPEX and ramp up for the operator to develop and be profitable, that can be lifted through partnering with fleets like Didi’s. Fleets volume account for a half of the NEV sales and requires fast charging solutions. Further integration can be reached with FAST through battery storage systems as a second-life for retired NEV batteries.
Andy LIU, Anne-Cecile BONNEVILLE, David ZHANG, Niko CHEN, Rodrigo MACHADO, Jelle SMEKENS, Rafael JAHN
The "RHyno" Project is a "proof of concept" in South Africa to develop and test the world 1st hydrogen mining haul truck, together with a renewable hydrogen (H2) supply chain, in order to promote the use of hydrogen within the mining sector to enable its transition to zero carbon. This project is a co-creation with AngloAmerican, one of the world’s largest mining companies.
Franck LE BARON, Koen LANGIE, Pascal BOURDEAUX, Ramon RITUERTO PRIETO, Virginia LOPEZ LOPEZ
BillionBricks (an ENGIE Investment) is building powerHYDE, a 125 solar home community of 2.5MW rooftop solar product that integrates social housing at a MW scale/ PowerHYDE generates 25 times more energy than its residential needs. Surplus energy is sold via PPAs to finance the home mortgages and lift its inhabitants out of poverty. It’s a unique triple bottom line business solution which combines clean energy and social housing into a single financially viable business proposition.
Prasoon KUMAR, Gunjan LATH, Robert VERRIJT, Amanda LIM, Gaelle THIBAUT
Unlock the used electric car market by providing individuals and professionals with accurate, independent and transparent information on the state of health (SoH) of electric vehicles (EVs) batteries.
Florian CHEVALLIER, Guillaume HEBERT, Gilles DEBUCHY, Sylvain HUETMESNIL
With this innovation ENGIE becomes an EV flexibility provider by addressing both destabilizing risk and stabilization potential of EV charging on national grids - while increasing EV decarbonization potential. The SMATCH® smart charging solution has been enhanced to integrate aggregation. This allows to control multiple chargers from different sites all at once and connect SMATCH® to the global external energy system so that they all pursue a common goal. In addition, SMATCH® has been connected to the global energy ecosystem through the partnership with ENGIE GEM.
Arthur ANDRUSZKIEWICZ, Jérôme GLASS, Laurent DE VROEY, Michael DE KOSTER, Pierre MOENCH, Piet CORTIER
TARGEO combines business model innovation and digital technical innovation to foster the development of the geothermal market.
Volker CLAUß, Louise PETIT, Vera LÜDTKE, Franz DANYACH
“Energie pentru meseria mea” – “Energy for my profession” creates a pro-active sourcing solution for the critical needs of core competencies for the Infrastructure entity and Technical Services affiliate. Through a vast multimedia national campaign and by addressing directly 10,000 pupils & 7,000 parents, ENGIE Romania re-gained the trust of the young generation in learning a profession and is currently funding & training for a 3-year period 118 pupils in 2 major cities, planning to extend to a 3rd city and recruit 60 more pupils in 2020. The program built strong social bridges with communities, schools, townhalls & the Ministry of Education and helped ENGIE become a major trailblazer in education and a first-choice employer for the young generation.
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