Energy of the future
How E.ON is shaping tomorrow
As an energy consumer, you might be thinking about the future, today. "How can I save energy? Should I generate my own energy? How can I easily store energy?" These are just some of the questions people ask us on a regular basis. To be able to give you answers, we are constantly looking at mega-trends and technological developments. Together with our customers, partners, researchers, scientists and start-ups, we are developing a new energy world. The focus has shifted away from the development of individual key technologies to the intelligent combination of software, electricity, heat and mobility to form a digital ecosystem.
To reach this goal, we have three priorities:
We take care of our customers' homes
We are working with US start-up Enervee to develop a platform suited to European market needs. With this platform, we have even stronger support to help you save energy. Thanks to an easy to understand 0-100 score, the so called Enervee Score, you can find the most efficient products for your home. Afterwards, you can buy these products from online retailers and compare prices.
We want to radically change renewable energy
By investing in the British start-up Kite Power Solutions (KPS), we are pushing a technology that generates wind power from great heights. Just like kite surfing, a sail instead of a rotor is used for this technology. Compared to conventional wind turbines, kite power systems are cheaper to make, easier to install and simpler to maintain. The systems can also be installed in water deeper than 40 metres. Which means we can open new offshore markets in locations ranging from Portugal to Japan to the USA. The technology can also be used on land and, when it has matured, will be economical and not reliant on government subsidies.
We are managing systems locally
With our participation in the European research project InterFlex (a smart-grid project), we're finding new ways for a flexible local supply. The project started in January 2017, has a budget of €23 million and a term of three years. The focus of the project is on energy storage, intelligent charging processes for electric vehicles, load monitoring, isolated operation, grid automation as well as the integration of various energy sources.
E.ON supports sustainable and innovative start-ups. This is how we enable new energy technologies for tomorrow.
As one of the world's largest private electricity and gas companies, we see it as our responsibility to actively promote energy research.