EnergyVille: energy in transition
Leading research. On every level.
EnergyVille is a collaboration between the Belgian research partners KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt in the fields of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. EnergyVille develops technology and knowledge to support public and private stakeholders in the transition to an energy efficient, decarbonised and sustainable urban environment. The unique complementarity of the research partners allows us to integrate the energy system value chain in its entirety, ranging from materials and components to the level of entire energy systems, business models and strategies. Our activities are clustered in eight interdisciplinary domains: solar energy, battery storage, power electronics, power-to-molecules, thermal systems, electrical networks, energy for buildings and districts, energy strategies and markets.
With approximately 400 researchers and state-of-the-art research facilities, EnergyVille is a top European innovation hub in the energy field. it bundles research, development and training under one roof and collaborates closely with local, regional, national and international partners from industry as well as public authorities.
As an energy R&D innovation hub, located in the industry-oriented ecosystem of Thor Park (Genk, Belgium), EnergyVille offers an attractive environment for energy research, industrial product development and business creation. The collaboration is supported by the city of Genk, the Province of Limburg, LRM, Nuhma, POM Limburg and the European structural funds.
EnergyVille performs leading research within the framework of a mission that is deeply rooted in the global climate change emergency.
By means of fundamental, applied and industry-driven energy research – both theoretical and experimental, ranging from material research to building integrated systems – EnergyVille helps to pave the way to an energy efficient and sustainable energy system that can prove to be both economically viable and socially just. We know and explore the most important contours of this new energy system and the energy transition challenges that come with it, and rely on these as a starting point of our research.
EnergyVille is a pioneer in the development of technologies and methodologies that lead to groundbreaking products and services for both public and private parties. Our state-of-the-art research facilities allow us to stimulate open innovation and co-creation. We invest in human capital. Being the thought leader we are, we provide science-based knowledge and policy support on a local, regional and global scale.
EnergyVille aims to further strengthen its leading position in the international arena: we want to reach a top position in Europe and a generally acknowledged position worldwide. This is what we strive for within each of our eight domains of research, as well as within the field of integration of different energy techniques, carriers, sectors and services.
This integration is what constitutes the corner stone of the sustainable energy system of the future, and EnergyVille – with its integration-focused research infrastructure and broad knowledge-base – is especially equipped to contribute to it.
EnergyVille is committed to helping to find the delicate balance between environment, energy technology and cost within the complex context that is energy, such that environmental friendliness, security of supply and economic resilience can be guaranteed. Only then can a completely sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply become reality in a liveable society for all.
KU Leuven was founded in 1425 and is one of the largest and oldest universities in Europe, with over 60,000 students – 12,500 of whom are international – and 22,000 staff. Every discipline at KU L
euven is ranked at least among the 100 best universities worldwide, with a majority in the top 50. KU Leuven ranks highest amongst European universities in the valorisation of research through IP rights and spin-offs and seventh in the world (Reuters).
Energyville combines the expertise of KU Leuven’s energy departments – Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Building Physics and Sustainable Design – to research energy efficiency, energy generation, market forces, flexibility, advanced control and regulation, and interconnections within networks. Research at Energyville has already made tangible strides in improving:
VITO is a leading international research center. It provides knowledge and technological innovations that facilitate the transition to a more sustainable society. We do this in the field of energy, ch
emicals, materials, health technology and land use. Working together with the EnergyVille research partners, we develop innovative technologies, methodologies and tools related to the topics below:
Imec is a world leader in research into photovoltaic cell technology. In order to integrate large-scale solar energy into the future energy network, the demand for customized photovoltaic system solut
ions is growing. To develop, test and implement such solutions, imec bundles its expertise in integrating additional functionalities in the PV module together with the expertise of the other partners. In this way, energy innovation can stimulate economic progress.
In four decades, UHasselt has grown into a dynamic center of education, research and services. UHasselt has two campuses (Diepenbeek and Hasselt), six faculties (Architecture and Art, Business Economi
cs, Medicine and Life Sciences, Industrial Engineering, Law, Sciences) and six research institutes (biomedical, statistical and environmental, material research, mobility and digital media). UHasselt has more than 6,000 students and 1,200 employees.
EnergyVille attaches great importance to the principles of “good governance” and is convinced these principles will benefit its further development. The governance structures of the EnergyVille Cooperation and the EnergyVille Foundation are aligned and interlinked. EnergyVille is committed to a well thought-out and professional organizational structure, with a clear delineation of powers and responsibilities and with balanced processes of accountability and control. Therefore, EnergyVille wants to make this charter, which is conceived as a manual for balanced and transparent decision-making and representation procedures, accessible to all stakeholders.
EnergyVille is committed to continuously review its good governance principles in the light of new developments and the (evolving) needs of stakeholders and societal interest, and to continue to develop and adapt this charter accordingly where necessary. Originating as a Flemish initiative, EnergyVille attaches great importance to a permanent and sustainable Flemish anchoring during each phase of its growth.