Improving our customers' lives through innovation

The EDF Energy Pulse Awards promotes innovation and contributes to the developments of the future. Our goal is to showcase and provide tangible support to start-ups that are helping to shape that future.

Find out more about this years winners and follow the journey of Blue Lab's Connected Home and Business Challenge finalists. We'll be keeping you up to date with their journey through our innovation accelerator programme and how their ideas will improve the lives of our customers.

You can also find details for upcoming events and announcements for the next EDF Energy Pulse Awards.

Watch video: EDF Energy Pulse Awards 2016

Highlights from pitch day

Congratulations to our 2016 winners and finalists

Detective Dot

Category: Inspiring young people into STEM                                                             

Detective Dot is the brainchild of Sophie Deen, founder of Bright Little Lab. With coding now a compulsory subject for children aged five plus, the company's mission is to inspire kids, especially girls and underrepresented groups, into STEM and coding.

The story sees 'Detective Dot', a nine-year old tech whizz, embark on global missions using her coding skills and gadgets to crack the case. The story promotes critical thinking and is accessible to everyone as it doesn't require expensive hardware or to be a math’s prodigy to get into coding.



Blue Lab Finalist

Founded by inventor Jonathan Burr, Howz is a new connected home system predominantly aimed at elderly people living alone, created to empower the individual to let their family know they are safe, warm and well.

The system has the ability to read people’s use of electricity and combines this with information from sensors that detect door movement, temperature and light levels in a person’s home. Howz uses this information to determine patterns of daily activity and notify a person’s care network should it identify any unusual activity or trends.

Upside Energy

Blue Lab Finalist

When the electricity grid runs dangerously short of capacity, to meet demand, it turns on its dirtiest, most expensive power stations. Upside Energy have found a greener, cheaper way for the electricity grid to meet demand during peak times.

Upside operates a cloud-based service that coordinates energy stored in uninterruptible power supplies; batteries attached to solar PV, electric vehicles, hot water tanks and heat pumps, eliminating the need for any additional hardware or investment. This creates a ‘Virtual Energy Store’ (VES) enabling them to sell a range of Demand Response services to grid and distribution network operators and energy suppliers.

Ipsum Energy

Blue Lab Finalist

Ipsum places consumers at the heart of the energy chain by providing personalised insights into how to save energy and money, manage appliances and protect the planet. They compare the data they collect across communities and user types to make an analysis of how consumers are doing compared to their peers.

This information is then fed back through an app in a tailored, actionable and engaging form, providing consumers with the tools to save energy and be in control.


Blue Lab Finalist

Momit is a Spanish founded company that designs, develops and builds smart devices for everyone. Learning from the user’s preferences and habits, their devices ensure their consumers comfort at any one time, whilst ensuring that no energy is wasted.

Momit allows customers to decide their monthly energy bill and then advises the programming that most suits their consumption habits, delivering all the information through friendly apps with differentiated functionalities.


Blue Lab Finalist

Futurehome is a Norwegian tech-startup that provides a one-stop-shop for sourcing smart home technology and related services. It enables customers to choose products and services that fit their specific needs from a selection of their favourite brands, making it easier for them to have a complete Smarthome service.

With their user-friendly app, customers can connect a growing list of smart devices within lighting, heating, alarms and electronic locks. These can then work together to give total control, comfort and security.


Warwick Analytics

Category: Data solutions for improving health and safety at work

Warwick Analytics is a spin-out of The University of Warwick, which developed algorithms for automating predictive analytics, even with heterogeneous data. The technology, developed over a decade of academic research, was originally designed to predict and prevent issues in manufacturing from dirty, heterogeneous and unstructured data.

Now it is being used in many other use cases in customer experience, customer services and marketing. It can be used by business users, or data science users alike.

Ultra Electronics PMES

Category: Monitoring and inspection solutions for energy generation assets​

Ultra Electronics, PMES is part of Ultra Electronics, an internationally successful defense, security, transport and energy company.

PMES provides innovative, high-technology power conversion and control solutions, signature management systems and high integrity sensors for a variety of defense and industrial applications. The business also provides DC or AC substation equipment to the railway industry and an extensive range of bespoke transformers and reactors.

Virdian Consultants

Category: Monitoring and inspection solutions for energy generation assets​

Kym, Susan and John set up Viridian when they were working together at Imperial College Reactor Centre. Viridian provides the nuclear sector with instrumentation solutions, expertise and training.

It is becoming the ‘go to’ company for nuclear characterisation sensors, which means developing tools to sample and analysis radioactivity on decommissioning.

Smart home control on tablet.

100 entries over 4 categories!

The 2016 EDF Energy Pulse Awards have now closed for applications. We received over 100 entries across the 4 categories - which made shortlisting a very difficult task!

We'll be adding to the featured profiles of this year's Pulse Awards winners and finalists, so you can see how their ideas come to life and learn more about their passion for innovation.


Mark your calendar

Dates for your diary:

  • January 2017 -  Europe-wide EDF Pulse Awards launch
  • February 2017 - EDF Energy 'Demo Day', London.  Finalists from the EDF Energy Pulse Awards showcase working prototypes of their winning ideas.
Watch video: Startup Weekend: Connected Home edition, London

Discover a life of innovation

We've sponsored several Start Up Weekend events, helping people turn their ideas into reality.

2016 Pulse Awards categories

  • Connected home and business​ - change the way our customers use energy
  • Inspiring young people into STEM​ - innovative products or services that will spark young people's interests in STEM subjects
  • Data solutions for improving health and safety at work - focusing on our 2 coal-fired power stations - Cottam and West Burton A
  • Monitoring and inspection solutions for energy generation assets​ - focusing on our offshore windfarms and nuclear power plants

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