The Catania X Lab is a living Lab that develops integrated solutions to support electrification, and in particular new technologies and applications of storage systems such as clients’ participation in network services, aggregation of distributed generation in Virtual Power Plants, microgrids. It hosts research, development, and testing activities for European projects such as IPCEI, ISMI e BD4NRG. It is composed of three X LABs: Industrial Storage & Battery Digital Twin Lab, Residential Distributed Generation Lab, Small C&I Storage & Microgrid System Lab.
Meeting customers’ energy needs through Open Innovation
At Enel X Global Retail, we have created an innovation ecosystem made up of startups, research centers, universities, and clients, the idea being to open up our product experimentation to input from many different sources.
We consider our competitive advantage to be the result of our Open Innovation Model, which is based on three 'steps'.
Our Open Innovation Model
The way we see it, the first step in any value creation process is analyzing the context: we need to understand who we are, defining in detail what our priorities are and identifying our competitors. This is what we call 'open listening', a process that - through detecting the most recent trends and analyzing competitors' activities - enables us to intercept the needs of current and prospective clients, start ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), partners and stakeholders.
In this part of the innovation journey we review and analyze the ideas we have collected through our three main channels: the Innovation Hub&Lab, our global network of 10 locations where we present our ideas to start ups and SMEs; the Openinnovability.com platform, where we identify talents, solutions and technologies that we translate into disruptive business ideas; and Customer Labs, during which we engage our clients, from the starting idea through to the final solution.
This is the last step in the process. When an idea has made it through all the review phases, it is finally transformed into a solution deliverable to the client. Clearly, at this stage the idea has already gone through a series of market assessments and its financial viability has been ascertained.
Brilliant ideas can come from anywhere, but we know that the academic and business worlds are great places to look. Our Innovation Hubs are often a meeting point between the two.
Rome X Lab
The Rome X Lab develops integrated solutions for electrification and performs tests on AC and DC network systems, including on-grid and off-grid microgrids. It hosts research, development, and testing activities for European projects such as USERCHI, InterSTORE, IPCEI and PIONEER. It is composed of three X Labs: Small Commercial & Industrial, Residential, Large Commercial & Industrial.
Working with clients to create solutions
Product & Price Optimization
Open for ideas
We have amplified and evolved our approach toward innovation, developing a new business model based on openness and collaborative partnerships that listens and finds the right solutions.