E.ON has launched a nationwide search for the next generation of energy products and services.
‘E.ON Innovation’ is searching for innovative products designed to transform energy use in the future. There will be five different challenges launched, based on the themes of rest, work, play, food and wellbeing.
The best ideas submitted to E.ON will then be transformed into reality and taken into production by E.ON.
The challenge is supported by an online-community that will be capable of accepting submissions as well as the ability to ‘co-create’ other submissions by sharing, commenting on other submissions and voting on the best inventions.
The winning inventions from each of the five challenges will win a £2,000 home energy makeover. One of the successful five winners will then be selected to receive the ‘Shining Star’ award which increases the prize to a home energy makeover worth up to £10,000. Experts at E.ON will then take these ideas into research and development with the intention of making the ideas a reality.
The campaign is being fronted by technology guru and TV presenter Pollyanna Woodward. When questioned about the challenge, Woodward said: “I love new technology and gadgets and can't wait to see the entries we receive. I'm really hoping that we'll uncover some amazingly exciting products and services as part of this initiative, and that they will go on to really make a difference to the future of energy in the UK.”
Phil Gilbert, E.ON's Head of Innovation, added: “At E.ON, we're on a mission to get the nation energy fit and we're committed to leading innovation in the energy industry. It's vital that everyone understands the importance of using energy efficiently and that's why we're challenging the UK public to come up with cutting edge ideas, which will provide new and unique ways to use and save energy.”
The five challenges are based on those featured in the new Channel 4 series ‘Home of the Future' which is co-funded by E.ON and transforms the lives of a Sheffield family, filling their home from top-to-bottom with futuristic technology and gadgets.
The winning ideas will be announced by 25th June 2012.