On Monday 24th October, Bouygues Construction met 12 of the start-ups supported by InnoEnergy. The attendees had a full agenda: First, activity introduction of the Bouygues S.A. subsidiary specialised on the building field. Then, three Bouygues representatives, Roland Le Roux (Open Innovation Director), Christian De Nacquard (R&D Innovation Director) and Maxime Chamillard (Open Innovation Project Manager) presented their “Start-up Initiative” plan. They explained how these innovative start-ups could enter into their Open Innovation process, knowing that their goal is to better face the market challenges and adapt their offer to an increasingly interconnected world.
Indeed, in 2015, Bouygues Construction identified 5 topics to work with in priority. Bouygues Construction and InnoEnergy started a collaboration because these topics are connected to the InnoEnergy thematic fields, especially regarding the activity fields of the 12 start-ups who attended the meeting:
- smart cities (Ecotropy – Optimisation of energy renovation for buildings),
- smart building (Solable – Hybrid solar solution for the domestic and collective markets),
- environmental impacts (Atawey – Energy autonomy and sustainable mobility thanks to hydrogen; BIPV-Insight – Optimising the use of Building-integrated photovoltaics; Helioslite – New generation of solar trackers),
- disruptive technology about energy production and storage (Sylfen – Integrated energy storage and production solutions, NAWA Technologies – Ultra-capacitor with high performance; Lancey – Space heater with a connected battery; HySiLabs – On-demand hydrogen production)
- human impacts on security and health (OGGA – Automated energy; gulplug – Easier, faster and safer magnetic plugs; DC Brain – Smart grid software).
As the energy performance and sustainability are key challenges for the French group, this meeting was relevant and will probably give rise to industrial collaborations between Bouygues Construction and the supported start-ups.