EnergyVille is a collaboration between the Flemish research partners KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. Our researchers provide expertise to industry and public authorities on energy-efficient buildings and intelligent networks for a sustainable urban environment. This includes, for example, smart grids and advanced district heating and cooling.

One of the objectives of EnergyVille is to become one of the top five European institutes in innovative energy research. In this context, the center was embedded in major national and international networks right from the start. It covers research, development, training and innovative industrial activities under one name and in close collaboration with local, regional and international partners.

EnergyVille aims to be a driver in the Thor science park in Genk (Belgium) in the areas of research, business development and employment creation. The research center is supported by the city of Genk, the Flemish Government, the Province of Limburg, LRM, Nuhma, POM Limburg and the European structural funds


The concurrent technology innovation and cost reduction of both ICT and distributed energy resources creates a unique opportunity for the transition towards a fully sustainable energy system.  A multi-scale energy system with a strong and often dominating decentralized presence will be characterized by the pre-eminence of electricity as energy vector, strongly coupled with other carriers such as e.g. thermal energy. The deployment of this energy system in a highly complex urban context, ensuring full sustainability, that encompasses security of supply, resilience, affordability and environmental friendliness, will be a crucial cornerstone of our future energy provision.


EnergyVille is a top research collaboration to outline the trajectory towards a market-based, sustainable energy system for large urban areas. This comprises Basic, Applied and Industry-driven research, both theoretical and experimental. EnergyVille serves the community by developing generic technologies and methodologies resulting in new products and services, by assisting in human capital development, and by providing science-based policy support from local to global level.

Key expertise partners

EnergyVille combines the expertise of four partners (KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt) and in that way offers specialized knowledge of all parts of the energy system and the integration of all systems together.

KU Leuven

Within EnergyVille, the Electrical Engineering, Mechanics and Building Physics departments of KU Leuven are joining forces. They put their expertise together in terms of energy efficiency, energy generation, market forces, flexibility, advanced controls and regulations and the connection within networks.

  • Power Electronics
  • Smart Grids (AC/DC)
  • Building Physics
  • Energy Conversion & Thermal Fluid Engineering



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 solutions 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.

  • Photovoltaic research
  • Solid-state Batteries
  • Power Devices
  • Energy Yield Prediction


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, chemicals, 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:

  • Strategies and Markets
  • Buildings and Districts
  • Thermal Systems
  • Electrical Storage


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 Economics, 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.

  • Materials for Photovoltaic Systems and Batteries
  • Thin Film  Photovoltaic Research and Reliability Testing 
  • Battery Research