At Alperia, we have always focussed on innovation because we believe it is the key to a sustainable future. This is why we take an innovative approach to our development, enabling us to meet our sustainability commitments.
Our open innovation model
In 2017, the Innovation Board was established within the Group, with the Innovation Decision Committee coordinating the entire assessment process for individual innovation initiatives.
The model we have adopted is an Open Innovation model under which the Group works with local and international partners from science and industry, including research institutes (e.g. Eurac Research; IDM Alto Adige; Laimburg, Beratungsring, the Free University of Bolzano, EIT Digital, EIT Innovation hub, the latter European organisations for digital innovation and business education, supported by the European Commission), companies and startups
Our main innovation drivers focus on priority areas for our business strategy, such as digitisation and Customer Engagement, supported by enabling technologies such as Artificial Intelligence; Machine Learning; Big Data; Internet of things; Blockchain.
Our Digital Transformation process is entering an increasingly advanced stage, as demonstrated by the development of ambitious initiatives such as the launch of the:
a newly established team working with Business Innovation to investigate the feasibility of innovative ideas, guiding the most promising ones towards the production stage; and
which allows data in the cloud to be cross-referenced to develop predictive analytics and renders the data increasingly valuable to support business decisions;
The 3 pillars of innovation
Alperia’s Innovation Ecosystem is based on 3 pillars:
Our commitments are organised in three macro-types:
to explore future business opportunities and be ready for long-term market developments (Horizon 2020 Flexi Grid Project; Storage4Grid Project)
to build a culture of innovation and promote forms of open innovation in collaboration with startups or through internal entrepreneurship projects (Alperia Startup factory; Verbund X Accelerator, EIT Disrupt Me!)
to consolidate our market position in the core businesses and improve our positioning in adjacent markets (MyHome; SmartLand; Rockethome)
Our Innovation figures 2020-2024
Our competition to reward the best innovation projects for the multi-utility sector.
Using Artificial Intelligence for preventive and calculated dam control in the event of floods.