Blue Lab, the EDF Energy innovation accelerator

We’re here to make ideas and innovations come to life. If you have an idea - big, small or simple - one that could help shape the future of better energy, we’d love to hear from you.

Making energy better for the UK, our customers and our people

Catherine Finnes EDF Blue Lab Graduate

Our ambition is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, low carbon society through the development of new technologies and business models.

We work collaboratively to accelerate start-ups, internal teams, universities and consumers to develop and shape ideas into a reality by offering access to industry expertise, customer insight, mentoring, coaching and potential opportunity to test and validate products with our customers.

Based on the south coast near Brighton, Blue Lab’s vibrant and agile workspace brings together the brightest minds in the coolest location.

Are you an energy innovator?

We're looking for start-ups with the best new ideas, products and services

Pulse Innovation Challenge

Find out about our Pulse Innovation Challenge 2020 on heating, cooling and hot water.

IDEALondon Energy Innovators

IDEALondon is looking for start-ups with the best new ideas, products and services and can help accelerate your growth.

Check out some of our innovations

We grow?and nurture start-ups, our colleagues, students and innovators who are passionate about their concepts

Our smart home store

In our smart home store we have a range of carefully chosen smart home devices to help you take your first steps to transforming your home. We’re working with the latest smart technologies to help you move towards a Smarter Home with confidence.


The Howz home care kit, discovered during our first start-up challenge, supports people to live independently for longer through a system of connected sensors that allow friends and family to digitally “check-in” on the resident to see how they’re doing.

Vehicle-to-grid and Smart Charging

EDF Energy has partnered with Nuvve to develop an innovative electric vehicle proposition for our customers. It features pre-paid mileage per month, with the ability to earn a significant monthly income.

Battery storage

Battery storage technology can be used to help industrial and commercial customers reduce their electricity use during peak price times and generate revenues from wholesale energy trading back to the grid. Tesla supplies EDF Energy with large-scale battery systems to enable some of our biggest customers to benefit from optimising their electricity use through our Powershift solution.??

Building Energy Management Systems

We have partnered with Grid Edge to offer an Artificial Intelligence Building Energy Management System, which gives large business customers the ability to maintain comfort at their site while flexing their energy use to reduce costs.


Our vision is to create a digital future for energy, where supply and flexibility are combined intelligently to respond to the demands of a new energy landscape. PowerShift is the ultimate flexibility platform that helps you lower your business energy costs, generate income and meet low carbon targets.

Connect with Blue Lab

If you have an idea that could help shape the future of better energy, we’d love to hear from you

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Innovation blog

Blue Lab start-up alumni

Why don't you join them?


Peace of mind at a glance with Howz Home Care Kits


The smart way to store energy - Powervault home energy storage


Upside Energy

Meet the Blue Lab leadership team

Jean-Benoit Ritz

Director of Innovation and Blue Lab

Jean-Benoit is an innovator at heart, setting up and developing the EDF Energy R&D UK Centre prior to leading on innovation for EDF Energy’s Customers Business in the UK.

John Hutchins

Head of Smarter Living

John leads our Smarter Living team, where he's driving the development of exciting new smart products and services for homes in a rapidly expanding internet of things.

Robin Melvin

Head of Energy Services and New Business

Robin is passionate about low carbon and sustainable technologies. His team is exploring the way data and innovative technologies are changing the way we use energy and how modern homes and businesses operate.

Nicola Bailey

Head of Data Development

Nicola leads the Data Development and AI/Automation teams in Blue Lab, providing Data Management across the Customers business to ensure we adopt best practice as a data driven company, while exploring the potential for AI and Automation to transform the experience we offer our customers.

Chris Connon

Head of Business Development

Chris has extensive experience in developing new products and business opportunities across multiple sectors. His product development background means he is always mindful of customer appeal, while coming up with creative solutions to bring new developments into market.