Booster Program 2021

Co-develop your solution with a market leader to build a strategic partnership by getting access to Electrolux's deep engineering expertise, R&D resources and manufacturing network.

How it works

We are looking for partners eager to work with a worldwide industrial company in order to co-develop tailor-made solutions that can be integrated in our products or in our processes, addressing Electrolux specific challenges.

The selected partners will collaborate with us to develop an MVP of a customized solution, starting from their current proposal.

In doing so, they will have the possibility to work closely with our team of experts and free access to our labs and to the Innovation Factory, our new space for co-working and prototyping.

Application Ends
Learn about our 2021 challenges

Low-water sustainable washing

Low-water sustainable washing

Water scarcity is an issue in many regions today, and global demand for water is set to increase by as much as 30% by 2050. Within Electrolux, we actively promote the development of long-term solutions to reduce water consumption, including a sustainable use of water in our washing machines, where water is used both during the cleaning phase and the rinsing one.

We are looking for in-flow treatment solutions that may reduce the water consumption, with a particular focus to the rinsing phase. Said solution, which should be sized for the integration in a standard household, must not lead to side effects like bio-film and bacteria formation, bad odours, lint deposition and residuals of softener. Moreover, it should be user-friendly, sustainable and it should assure the same rinsing efficiency of the current process, both in terms of soiling and detergent removal.

Energy harvesting device

Energy harvesting device

In household appliances like washing machines and tumble dryers, sensors or small actuators placed in the rotating part of the appliances could give localized measures highly correlated to the laundry process or act locally, respectively. Mechanical and fluid-dynamical phenomena happening in washers and dryers could be used to capture some of that energy and use it to power small devices.

We are searching for solutions to be embedded in our household appliances, capable of collecting and converting mechanical actions and vibrations that occur in the drum into electrical energy (from hundreds of mW up to few W). This energy could then be used to power sensors for detecting the status (e.g. load humidity level in tumble dryers) of the laundry or to power actuator devices for acting locally. The proposed solutions may immediately use the harvested electrical energy or store it in dedicated components (e.g. supercapacitor or thin-film battery) to be used at a later time. Said solutions must be waterproof, resist to chemicals and particles during washing or drying cycles. Moreover, they must be cost-effective, simple and sustainable for mass production without compromising the overall functionality of the machine.

Digital ergonomic evaluation

Digital ergonomic evaluation

Proper ergonomics is fundamental for the wellbeing of the employees and we are always aiming to reinforce and improve it with the use of new solutions.

We are looking for an easy-to-use tool that processes images/videos acquired with a smartphone to model the human body and, therefore, perform a fast and accurate ergonomic risk assessment, using a standardized methodology (e.g. Rapid Entire Body Assessment - REBA).

Surface detection system

Surface detection system

Our processes and products are today using traditional materials (like glass and steel) in combination with innovative additional technologies to withstand the different conditions during their use.

We are looking for cutting-edge solutions to detect and monitor the status of a conductive surface. Said system should work in 2-dimensions and should be able to identify the deterioration of the surface over time, including potential scratches and holes. In terms of cost, dimension and interfaces, the solution should be compatible with the integration in a domestic appliance.

Functional barriers

Functional barriers

At Electrolux, we are always looking for new solutions to ensure and improve food “integrity within our refrigerators, this being of paramount importance to our consumers. Considering this multidisciplinary topic, that is covering also chemical and microbial food safety aspects, functional barriers seem a great solution to prevent migration of unwanted substances on to the food.

With this challenge, we are looking for a solution that could be applied to plastic components in our fridges to avoid contaminant's migration into food while ensuring compliance to food contact tests. Said solution must act as a functional barrier having a reference thickness of 100μm (or below) and should be applied in different forms (e.g. coating, layer, surface treatment) to our components.

Circular packaging system

Circular packaging system

Sustainability commitments are guiding our operations and business, including our search for new environmentally-friendly models and processes. In this respect, Returnable Packaging is a challenging focus area that could allow us to be more sustainable and efficient at the same time, while saving money and resources.

With this challenge, we are searching for a partner that could provide and validate with us a returnable packaging solution for finished goods, considering technical, business, business model and logistics constraints that characterize our industry.

Augmented quality control

Augmented quality control

Digital and innovative technologies are nowadays key opportunities to improve our processes, including our quality controls.

Therefore, we are searching for an innovative and dynamic system that can support and guide our quality operations, live on the assembly line. The solution should make sure that our operators will not forget any task and should highlight some tasks that are necessary only in certain given conditions. The desirable solution would guide the operator towards the correct process not only leveraging camera control, but also on the basis of historical and statistical data, providing as a final result a guided, smart and dynamic procedure.

Home hygiene solutions

Home hygiene solutions

Recently, the topic of hygiene has gained public attention with the spread of Covid-19, but at Electrolux this has always been a relevant focus area in developing our products and technologies.

With this challenge, our goal is to investigate innovative solutions for hygiene in a domestic context of "the new normal". In particular, we are interested in co-developing or applying new user-friendly innovations to maintain hygiene within a household environment. The proposed solution shall be applicable to our reference products, should be cost-effective, simple and environmentally-friendly. Showing the effectiveness of the system through a visual feature is a desirable and appreciated add-on. Please note that solutions based on additives or, in general, on the use of chemicals should not be submitted to this challenge and will be rejected.

How to join

February 12 – April 02, 2021

#CALL4INNOVATION

Submit your proposal. Go to the application form, select the challenge you want to tackle and describe the solution you have. As simple as that!

In April, Electrolux teams will select the relevant solutions that best match with the challenges to enter the next phase.

Mid May, 2021

INNOVATION DAY

If your solution is selected, you will be invited to pitch your proposal to Electrolux Top Management, who will award the winners.

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