The initiative is run in partnership with PoliHub, the start-up district and incubator of the Politecnico University
Following a search for ideas with the potential to revolutionise energy distribution, three projects have won a funded place on ABB’s six-month accelerator programme at its Technology Centre in Bergamo, Italy.
Launched earlier this year, the company’s Unlock Your Ability Challenge seeks to open doors for engineers and start-ups with the ideas and vision to write the future of energy distribution.
Digitisation and start-ups will play a key role in accelerating the development of new solutions for energy management, the technology company said.
The beneficiaries are: Zaphiro, which aims to improve the reliability of existing energy infrastructure by using grid sensors, controllers and automation software to operate medium- and low-voltage grids more effectively; BEE, a new kind of energy service company that aims to move “beyond energy efficiency” by linking distributed generation and storage systems; and Windcity, a wind energy start-up developing a new small-scale generator technology.
ABB organised the initiative in partnership with PoliHub, the start-up district and incubator of the Politecnico University managed by Fondazione Politecnico di Milano.
“ABB’s Unlock Your Ability Challenge is about discovering innovators with ideas that can make a difference – and fast tracking their progress,” said Giampiero Frisio, head of ABB’s protection and connection business unit.
“Peer-to-peer energy trading, a platform for connecting energy assets to the Internet of Things for analysis and monitoring, and neural networks that can forecast wind energy yields were just some of the game-changing ideas before the judges. We are now backing three teams to take their vision to the next level.”
The three teams will have access to the company’s state-of-the-art development, simulation and testing facilities and will receive coaching from Polihub to develop stronger technical and entrepreneurial skills, as well as a more robust solution.
ABB and PoliHub will also organise networking with potential investors and sponsors and provide professional support from their network of consultants, experts and researchers.
“The skills of the ABB team, one of the pioneers of the energy management industry, combined with the tailored entrepreneurial programme designed by PoliHub, is the right combination for a great and innovative success¸ said Stefano Mainetti, chief executive officer of PoliHub.
“This challenge is a great opportunity for participants to achieve real growth and invaluable experience.”
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