One of the key tasks of Technology & Innovation (T&I) is to develop and manage new businesses until they are handed over to existing business units or newly created business units. Seven E.ON Innovation Centers, which are embedded in our businesses and steered by the T&I department at Group Management, coordinate activities in their respective technology area across the entire company.
We are developing on-line tools to engage with our residential customers and those running small and medium sized businesses. We aim to implement smart home systems that meet our customers’ needs on cost, comfort and convenience, and provide them with efficient and renewable heat and power solutions.
With commercial customers we will grow our business through new energy management systems and through heat, power and cooling solutions which use energy generated on-site.
We aim to increase efficiency at E.ON sites by analyzing data gathered from assets and using it to predict and improve performance and maintenance. We will enhance the systems which analyze data gathered from customers, establishing personalized contacts with customers through which we can improve people’s lives and gain new business for our products and services.
We are also working with external organisations to gain competitive advantage from new technologies in the field and have a Data Analytics Lab available for use across E.ON.
As solar and wind power supply varies according to the time of day, season or weather conditions and as consumption fluctuates, storage systems will be needed in future. They serve to store surplus power from renewable sources and then make it available to customers when needed. In this context E.ON is pursuing various approaches, ranging from the optimisation and efficiency enhancement of proven technologies to highly innovative solutions. The purpose of the E.ON Innovation Center Energy Storage is to assess these technologies, test them if necessary, and ultimately incorporate them into the energy system.
The main areas are:
- electric storage (e.g. batteries),
- storage in the form of gas (e.g. conversion from power into hydrogen using power-to-gas technology or compressed air storage),
- heat storage (e.g. for combined heat and power plants).
We aim to ensure that our fossil-fuelled plant operates efficiently and flexibly alongside growing input from intermittent renewable sources, as well as taking advantage of new fuels and meeting new regulatory demands. The growth and efficiency of renewable energy generation will be key to a low carbon energy future. We aim to further improve the operational and economic performance of our wind, solar and hydro power assets, while identifying and exploiting new technologies in these fields.
We are tracking technology developments in nuclear generation and building on our nuclear know-how to develop new services.
Our smart grids will put customers at the heart of our operations, ensuring safety and security of supply while realizing the full potential of renewables. We aim to minimize the cost and complexity of E.ON’s roll-out of smart meters which are vital to giving customers the means to monitor and reduce their energy usage.
New technologies are being developed that will make real savings on operating costs and optimize investments for electricity, gas and heat networks.
In order to better understand future energy trends, a holistic view on energy systems is essential. We are developing this view and defining a technology strategy that guides E.ON towards its future technological position.
- Definition of long term technology strategy
- Developing insights of potential energy systems of the future, energy market and energy system analyses.
Exploration & Production (E&P)
The EIC supports the E&P business within E.ON with the analyzing of storage, of the optimization of security and costs of the production of oil and gas.
- Optimization of E&P technologies
- Evaluation of unconventional resources (shalegas etc.).