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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.

An electrical vehicle plugged to a charging station

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

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.

Projects from Bulb Labs

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 could help you save money. The real cost of energy changes throughout the day. Most tariffs hide the changing costs behind a flat rate, meaning you always pay the same amount for energy. Our 2-rate smart tariff reflects the change, meaning your energy costs less at certain times. This tariff is now in beta testing, and you can apply to join if you have a second generation (SMETS2) smart meter with Bulb.

Export payments

The government's Feed-in Tariff scheme (FIT) finished on 31st March 2019, so we've created our own product to pay people who export energy to the grid. We ran a trial in 2019 for 54 members before launching our Export Payments.

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.