Energy company E.ON is looking for proposals for research projects into smart homes and has €1m up for grabs to fund the research. The general theme is "Smart Home a new customer relationship with energy", with the aim of examining the impact of smart home systems on the future relationship between utilities and customers.
As energy supply, home appliances, mobility, security and consumer electronics increasingly become integrated in smart homes, E.ON is funding research projects to prepare itself for the challenges. This research is to assess customer motivation, behaviour and responses to emerging smart homes technologies and identify the potential that the trends offer, since smart home developments will have a significant impact on E.ON’s business. "We regard the research initiative not only as a means of promoting science and research. We also expect it to provide important external stimuli for the development of new business areas," said Urban Keussen, responsible for Technology & Innovation at E.ON.
Researchers can submit proposals for research projects, which have to be executed within one year, to E.ON by 30 November (www.eon.com/research_initiative). Successful project proposals will cover the core themes of assessing the appeal to customers and the strategy and marketing required for the wider adoption of smart homes in Germany, Italy or the UK. A team of experts from the company’s Technology & Innovation sector will decide on the award of the funds to one or more applicants.