Energy Mission 2023


Energy Mission 2023 will take place on 17 October in Genk, Belgium. The venue Thor Central, located in the middle of Thor Park, offers a unique location to inspire, share and connect.

Thor Park itself is one of the advanced European living labs on energy transition. It transformed from a coal mine into a state-of-the-art technology park.





Thor Central
Thor Park 8000
3600 Genk

Since 2020, we embarked on our mission-oriented and cross-sectoral energy transition journey. We showed solutions and financial opportunities for the built environment, industry and electrification. The successful conferences brought together over 500 engaged stakeholders from the quadruple helix.

Bridging the gap

Our key challenge for the 2023 conference: how to bring all these promising innovations to the market? How to get the end user, the citizen, to accept them or even design them themselves? How to bridge the final gap to a broad application?

Without any doubt, “energy living labs” play a crucial role in this last mile to the market. These living labs are state-of-the-art, open innovation ecosystems where energy technologies are tested and improved in real interaction with end users and in real interaction with other components. After this phase, the innovations are ready for a go-to-market.

Your front row seat to Innovation in Action


  • Examples of living labs both for industry (e.g. power-to-X, hydrogen, energy and chemistry) and for the built environment
  • Industrial partners explaining how they found specific added value by joining living labs
  • Investors showing how they can support the innovations coming from living labs
  • Experts illustrating the benefits and challenges of AI and big data services at living labs
  • An interactive roundtrip along several advanced living labs in the EU
  • Examples of energy living lab ecosystems and practical ways how to participate, involving actors from quadruple helix: industry/finance, research, government, end-users.

Come to explore what an energy living lab ecosystem can mean for you and learn how to bridge the last mile to the market together!

Prof. Frank Gielen

” Decarbonisation is the biggest challenge and business opportunity of the century. The winners of this innovation wave will be organisations that excel at connecting businesses and stakeholders. InnoEnergy has been able to turn the power of the climate tech innovation ecosystem into a business differentiator and a key succes factor for future growth.


  • 08:30 AM: Registration and coffee
  • 09:30 AM: Living lab ecosystem – example of oPEN Thor Living Lab (Minister Jo Brouns & prof. Koenraad Debackere announce the inauguration of ConstrucThor)
  • 09:45 AM: International Keynote (tbc)
  • 10:30 AM: The living lab ecosystem Deep dive parallel sessions
    • Build environment – presentations of recent company experiences (Marlies Van Holm)
    • Sustainable industry – presentations of existing living labs (Prof. Jozef Poortmans)
  • 12:10 PM: Lunch
  • 01:00 PM: The living lab ecosystem parallel sessions
    • Debate with investors (Bas Van de Kreeke)
    • Deep dive Open data, AI, and digital innovation (Leen Govaerts)
  • 02:15 PM: Break and Match making
  • 03:20 PM: International keynote – Innovation ecosystems in the EU (prof. Frank Gielen, EIT InnoEnergy Education Director)
  • 03:50 PM: A roundtrip of EU energy living labs (Frederik Loeckx, Managing Director Flux50)
  • 05:00 PM: Closing and reception (Björn Crul)

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Join Energy Mission and get a 15% discount for TBB!

The Business Booster is EIT InnoEnergy’s annual two-day international networking event that showcases 150+ sustainable energy technologies under one roof. This year join us in Amsterdam on 18 and 19 October as we delve into the topic of ‘The new Green Economy: balancing profit and purpose’.

Once you register for Energy Mission, you will automatically receive an email with a discount code you can use to register for TBB.


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