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Innovation Programmes

We have a structured open approach where we engage with the wider innovation eco-system to capture and prioritise ideas from a range of different innovation and digital programmes. Effective management of our innovation programmes ensures that we generate a continuous flow of innovative business proposals for assessment and development into commercial business propositions in line with our Innovation process.

Our key Innovation and Digital Programmes

Eco Partner Platform

Our Eco Partner Platform is ESB's home for external collaboration and innovation in the digital space

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Business Unit Innovation

All Business Units (BU) in ESB have an innovation mandate and innovation projects are managed and delivered within each area.

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Digital Accelerator

The Digital Accelerator at ESB is a dedicated team focused on developing new business opportunities and solving challenges through deploying digital solutions in an agile manner.

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X_Site is ESB’s business incubator – providing relevant supports for cross value chain ventures to enable innovative projects to develop, grow and scale.

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The X_Potential programme enables all staff across ESB to submit innovative ideas that have the potential to develop into future businesses for the organisation.

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Innovation Academy

ESB's Innovation Academy is designed to build competency in customer centric innovation across the group to support delivery of our ambitious Net Zero strategy.

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Free Electrons

Free Electrons is the ultimate open innovation programme, connecting start-ups with the world’s leading energy utilities

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Emerging Technology and R&D

We engage with external stakeholders, technology developers and consultants, energy start-ups, research organisations and staff across ESB to analyse and assess emerging technologies across power generation, flexibility, cross - energy and cross industry.

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