On Friday 8 July, the Belgian final of the ClimateLaunchpad competition took place in Antwerp. Six entrepreneurs with great ideas for climate-friendly products or services competed for a place in the finals in Talinn, Estonia. The first and second place went to two ideas that came from researchers at EnergyVille: Steven van Deun at SmartUp and Sandro Iacovella at Flexicity.
To present EnergyVille to the Flemish Europarlementarians, that was the purpose of our visit to the European Parliament on Tuesday 31 May. Via its Directorates General, the EP takes lots of important decisions that determine the evolution of the energy landscape in Europe. Therefore we found it useful to present our neutral research cooperation and to explain about our ideas for the energy system and the role that EnergyVille fulfills in it. Also, we went into the detail of some of our research, such as markets and ICT, storage, fact-based energy strategies, the use of living labs and thermal systems. The Flemish minsters, cabinet and governments that are working in energy participated as well, so our presentation ended in a lively discussion.