Big companies are looking for fresh ideas. Start-ups are looking for a real-condition environment to test theirs.
Setting-up a meeting between them is what Plant 4.0 is about. This innovative open-innovation concept, developed by Total since 2016, allows start-ups to test their technologies in the facilities of big industrial companies which are looking for innovative and real-world solutions. Building on the success of the first edition, Total is joined this year by five major industrial players : Solvay, AREVA, Eiffage, Air Liquide et VINCI Energies. This line-up will give the start-ups more options for incubation. The tough selection process is now over, and 5 start-ups have been chosen to start working.
“For the start-ups selected, it's an opportunity to try out their technology by moving it to the application stage”, Eric Duchesne, technologist and president of the 2017 jury, tells total.com.