The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology assigned Enel an award in the Successful Practices in Technology Intelligence category at the end of a recent conference held in Aachen in Germany. Technology intelligence is what allows businesses to identify the opportunities or threats that may arise from the use of technology and could lead to an impact on future business.
The German research institute, supported by a consortium of 16 companies including Audi, BASF, BMW Group, Roche Diagnostics, Robert Bosch and Rosen assigned the award to the Enel Group after a long evaluation process that involved over 200 European companies. Enel, alongside 3M Deutschland, OSRAM and Wittenstein and Endress + Hauser, was awarded for its strategic approach towards innovation, its cutting edge practices and technology and its commitment to the search for new business opportunities. Enel was the only utility and the only Italian company to receive an award from the Institute.
'Enel's innovation team showed the jury a series of technology intelligence practices that we have developed and implemented,' said José Arrojo, Enel's Head of Innovation, who accepted the award. 'These range from the technology map to the use of web platforms as a way of managing innovative projects and industrial property rights and finally EIDOS, a crowdsourcing system designed to gather all of our colleagues' ideas.'
These practices have helped Enel to design and implement an innovation plan that over the years has contributed to increasing both the efficiency and environmental sustainability of the Group's activities.