Innovation continued to be the hallmark in 2020 and covered several areas: smart city networks and services, smart grids, the circular economy, the fight against climate change and business processes.
2020 was the year of the Challenges launched on open innovation platforms:
Also in 2020, the Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) initiative was launched, with the aim of fostering the Group’s innovation through investments in high-potential startups. The investments of this year:
Lastly, in 2020, A2A signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Snam, Ardian and FNM to give further impetus to the development of green hydrogen. The aim is the creation in Valcamonica of the first Italian "Hydrogen Valley", providing it with a fleet of hydrogen trains and related infrastructure.
ideas collected in "A2A Call for ideas"
sensors ("noise loggers") installed for early detection of water leaks (Aquarius Project)
start-ups from around the world met to develop solutions in the field of sustainability (Plug&Play - Sustainability batch). 2 ongoing trial start-ups
first start-ups financed thanks to the "Corporate Venture Capital" project
A2A, through A2A Smart City, develops smart, innovative and digital solutions both in the urban sphere, to improve the liveability of neighbourhoods and cities, and in the agricultural sphere, to enable more sustainable production that saves pollutants and resources through the use of technology.
Some of the 2020 projects: