THOREAQ: unique test infrastructure for renovation solutions, energy technologies and air quality

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THOREAQ is a project that will run until the end of 2023 and is supported by ERDF React EU and the Flemish Fund for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It aims to realize an open test infrastructure for innovations in the field of renovation solutions, improvement of indoor air quality, integration of energy systems in the built environment, and industrially manufactured building envelopes..

The aim of this project is to develop a permanent infrastructure to test, validate and demonstrate innovations in renovation techniques, improvement of indoor air quality, integration of energy systems in the built environment and industrialized manufactured building envelope parts.

In a first fase, the infrastructure will consist of three units: a technical hall and two identical buildings with the morphology of residential buildings and equipped with redundant techniques and an extensive set of measuring equipment. In a later fase, a site lab will be added.

This infrastructure will be opened up to companies so that they can test, optimize and demonstrate their innovative products and services on full-scale and real-life in a safe and controlled environment. They will also be able to participate in defining the specifications of the infrastructure.

By bringing various partners together, we want to promote interaction and develop and analyze multiple innovations, which can lead to optimized all-in-one solutions in which various services and technical systems are combined.

In doing so, the THOREAQ infrastructure aims to accelerate the Flemish renovation market and energy transition, catalyze significant cost reductions and quality improvements in buildings, and significantly strengthen the ecosystem of involved companies in terms of innovative strength and export potential.

This project is co-financed in the context of the Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (€630,850.50 ERDF React EU grant and €369,149.50 support from the Flemish Fund for Innovation and Entrepreneurship).

The role of EnergyVille

The project will be realized by VITO/EnergyVille, and is part of the Open Thor Living Lab at the Thor Park in Genk, a science and business park where energy transition, smart manufacturing industry and smart city applications take centre stage. In addition to the unique living lab ecosystem, Thor Park is the first (and so far only) low-regulation zone in the field of energy innovation in Belgium with a focus on innovative market forces for energy communities, thermal grids and DC grids.

Margo Colson, THOREAQ Project Manager & Senior Researcher

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