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Sustainable Innovation


Technological innovation is at the heart of strategic choices and of the definition of products and services offered by Iren Group. 
The 2022 Business Plan confirms the central nature of innovation in the Group’s vision, which will be implemented in the development of all the operational sectors, with the aim of making Iren the benchmark for excellence and innovation in the multi-utilities sector. 
The main research, development and innovation areas in which Iren Group is investing include:

 energy efficiency applied to more levels and assets;

 advanced systems for remote management, remote reading, smart metering and multi metering;
 
 thermal and electrical storage systems; 

 systems for energy and waste material recovery; 

 Internet of Things (IoT) and home automation; 

 data intelligence ICT tools; 

 optimised management of the integrated water cycle and tools to support sensors in the field; 

 electric mobility; 

 “industry 4.0” solutions for predictive maintenance and in-the-field monitoring. 

In 2017, the Group actively took part in 14 research and innovation projects for a total multi-year commitment of around 10.5 million Euro – of which half was financed by research and innovation tenders managed by the European Union, the Italian Government and its Regions – activating collaborations with numerous businesses and academic institutions located in over 90 European cities.

The first “Iren Start-up Award”, a competition that saw the participation of over 80 start-ups, was held in 2017 with the aim of identifying important experiences in the field of innovation.