Bulb is the biggest green energy company in the UK

Labs is a team within Bulb that develops new products that can have a significant impact on its mission.

Labs has the same mission as the rest of Bulb but not, initially, its technical limitations.

Labs brings cross-industry knowledge to life with trials and works with external partners to learn about emerging technologies that can transform the life of its members.

We are working on:

  • Paying members for the energy they export at home
  • Reducing energy bills for members who charge their electric vehicles at home
  • Lowering bills for businesses investing in electric vehicle chargers
  • Helping employers to support their workforce as they move to greener forms of transport
  • Simple and effective battery and solar panel management

If your company’s working on similar challenges and you think we should chat, email us at bulblabs@bulb.co.uk.

If you'd like to get involved in our experiments, research and trials, we'd love to hear from you. Just tell us a bit about yourself.

Our leadership

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Head of Bulb Labs

alexds@bulb.co.uk

Alexandra has a background in industrial design, interaction design and internet of things product development, advocacy and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, a family of internet-connected lamps for global friends and family using GSM technologies. She is the author of 'Smarter Homes: how technology will change your home life' published in 2018 by Apress. She was the first UK distributor of the Arduino, an open source electronics prototyping platform.

Jenna Cusworth-Bolger

Lead User Researcher

Jenna is a design/user researcher with 15 years experience and leads the user research team at Bulb as well as running research for Labs. With a degree in industrial design, Jenna was an early pioneer of service design in the public sector, working with frontline stakeholders to vastly improve access to, and experience of, sexual health services. Before joining Bulb, she led research for Wonderbly growing their product portfolio from 1 bestselling book to 15 in 18 months.

Projects from Bulb Labs

Plug In Suffolk

We've partnered with open EV charger partner EO to supply businesses across the Suffolk area. This is the first open charger network in the UK.

Smart EV charging

We're working on solutions to help you decide when to charge your EV so that you pay the least amount of money when the grid is at its cheapest.

We're working with smart meter company EDMI to trial the next generation of smart EV chargers in 2020. If you have an electric vehicle or are thinking about getting one in the next year and want to take part in this trial for 100 households across the UK.

Smart tariff

We worked with our members to develop a smart tariff that would let you save energy depending on the changing cost of energy throughout the day. Most tariffs hide this, meaning you pay the same amount for energy no matter the actual cost. Our 3-rate smart tariff reflects that demand, meaning your energy costs less at certain times of the day, and is even cheaper overnight. It's designed to make the cost of energy transparent, and to save you money.

Export payments

The government's Feed-in Tariff scheme (FIT) finished on 31st March, so we're going to create our own product to pay people who export energy to the grid. The first step is to create an 'alpha'. This is a trial version for 50 members that helps us work out all the kinks.

Carbon bot

The amount of renewable electricity on the national grid changes minute by minute, depending on things like the weather. This means some times are greener than others to use electricity. This dynamically generated Twitter account shares daily insights with members to help them reduce their carbon footprint.