E.ON has launched E.ON Innovation, a national challenge to find the next generation of energy products and services. The contest is open to the British public and fronted by technology expert Pollyanna Woodward. E.ON reports it is looking for innovative and exciting products that will help transform energy use in the future. Over the coming weeks, there will be five different challenges launched, based on the themes of rest, work, play, food and wellbeing. The leading ideas will be implemented by E.ON.
.ON is inviting people to participate by submitting their ideas for new products and services at eon-innovation.com before April 9, 2012. The online community will also be able to comment on other submissions and vote for what they think are the best inventions.
The top submission for each challenge will win a home energy makeover worth up to £2,000, while one of the five winners will 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 phase with the intention of making the ideas a reality.
Technology guru and TV presenter Pollyanna Woodward says, “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, notes that E.ON is “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.”