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Innovation concept


The holistic InnoEnergy innovation concept has been developed to take into account the newest approaches and best practices to foster innovation and turn knowledge into assets. It facilitates the added value process of turning ideas into solutions and into products. Following this general aim the innovation model uses a simplified innovation process with revolving phases: exploration, selection, implementation and exploitation. Different mechanisms, tools and measures have been carefully designed to support the development of each of the phases and foster innovation through the whole innovation alliance. A leading principle was the integrative power of the Innovation.pngitems defined in order to link the stakeholders of the knowledge triangle closely and to facilitate interplay with the overall strategy and education and technology concept (i.e. through Explore House). The mechanisms, tools and measures will be implemented at KIC-level, CC-level or both.


Owing to the concise nature of the proposal the single measures will not be described in further detail. The distinctive features of the innovation concept are, however, summarised as follows:


  • It identifies and exploits the knowledge already created in research centres and universities. Through the mechanism of the “Knowledge Market” InnoEnergy will develop a “knowledge map” in the field of Sustainable Energy. This knowledge map will foster innovation activities facilitating knowledge integration and will allow the detection of knowledge needs that will help universities to define new educational needs
  • It increases industrial involvement with universities and research centres. One of the tools to foster this aspect is the “Innovation Market” where collective protocols are defined to select projects, analyse their viability, work together and launch new products/services to the market (Product/Service Development Process)
  • It is customer and market oriented. The projects will emerge from the needs emanating from the demand side. In the Exploration phase different tools are employed in order to fulfil this objective (e.g. observatory, ambassadors programme)
  • It is based on the idea of eco-innovation systems as collaborative networks taking advantage of proximity and close ties. As a consequence innovation activities will be balanced in terms of centralisation level and CC empowerment. This means that some activities will be performed at KIC level, others at CC level and/or both
  • It aims at disruptive innovation by applying:
    • Open innovation philosophy: this implies that the different actors of the innovation chain will be present in the different joint innovation projects, the IPR policy will be flexible, crowd sourcing will be used if necessary and the creation of new markets will be fostered through internal and external spin-offs and start-ups
    • Cross innovation philosophy: learning and collaborating with other sectors can enhance creativity and the innovative level. This philosophy will be implemented through collaboration projects with other sectors (e.g. arts, design, ICT, transportation, building), cross-KIC projects (e.g. TICs, climate change) and InnoEnergy+ (projects related with social impact and/or social science)
  • It guarantees learning, development and sustainability through the internal training, development workshops and internal services provided by the Innovation Network Development Unit.
  • It creates knowledge in innovation management and innovation networks fields. Therefore, it constitutes an outcome for the exploitation phase and also supports the learning and development process of the InnoEnergy innovation alliance.