Enel and the Open Innovation Path

Published on Friday, 24 April 2015

"The most dangerous sentence ever is: 'We have always done it this way'". This quote by computer programming pioneer Grace Hopper is more than ever relevant in today's world, which includes transformations in every aspect of daily life, employment and even definition of society: change has become the general line and innovating is actually a must do.

The transformation in the energy world drives the development of society. And in the age of green energy, grid digitalisation and smart technologies for our homes, the ongoing change in the entire sector is all-inclusive, ranging from generation to end consumption, in a global context in which an individual's intuition in one country can change the way entire societies work across the world.

Open innovation has become the keystone of change, mainly due to the extension of digital technologies and to the internet that have enabled to share knowledge and skills and create a network of constantly connected multipolar innovators. This is yet another energy sector that is following the road of open innovation, with the awareness that the knowledge and skills gained over the decades can make the qualitative leap required by the new challenges only through sharing and contamination not just between businesses and research centres, but also big companies, makers and startuppers.

Enel believes in open innovation and follows its roads in all its activities, establishing partnerships with agencies and research centres such as ENEA in Italy, companies in other industrial sectors like the DCNS with which it is setting up the Marine Energy Research and Innovation in Cile, as well as startups and innovative companies, as in the case of calls for the INCENSe European programme together with Endesa, Accelerace and Fundingbox. "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest" said Benjamin Franklin. And Enel's open innovation starts off from this awareness to change the energy world and respond with increasing effectiveness to the new global scenarios.