EnergyVille is embedded in many different national and international networks.
Sustainable energy: this is the focus of InnoEnergy, a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the EIT. Via VITO and KU Leuven, EnergyVille is a shareholder in InnoEnergy and is actively contributing to the European innovation, business creation and education components of the "Smart and Efficient Buildings and Cities" project. Aside from VITO and KU Leuven, UHasselt is collaborating with InnoEnergy in the framework of the European Battery Alliance.
Flux50 is the membership organization that helps Flanders gain international recognition as a Smart Energy Region. Flux50 facilitates cross-sector collaboration between energy, IT and building companies to accelerate the energy transition. To this end, five 'innovator zones' were identified: (1) energy harbors, (2) microgrids, (3) microgrids, (4) energy cloud platforms and (5) intelligent renovation.
Solliance is a partnership of R&D organisations from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany working in thin film photovoltaic solar energy (TFPV). In order to strengthen the region’s position as a world player in thin film PV, Solliance is creating the required synergy by consolidating and coordinating the activities of 250 researchers in industry, at research institutes and universities. Solliance R&D partners are: ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich, University Hasselt and Delft University of Technology.
EnergyVille is part of the international non-profit associationEuropean Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab), that connects over 20 leading research and test institutes in Europe and the world. DERlab association carries out collaborative development of criteria for operation of decentralised energy generators on the grid.
DERlab and its member institutes conduct research on DER devices and systems, with the special focus on optimisation of test procedures and on the development of research infrastructures. The association's offer to carry out norm tests, such as grid integration tests, is also available to industry.
With various activities in research, pre-standardisation and awareness raising, the association fosters the preconditions of a more environmentally sustainable power generation of the future. Scientific, educative and networking events of DERlab promote the bi-directional flow of information within the international researcher community, industry, decision-makers and the public.
The OpenADR Alliance was formed by industry stakeholders to foster the development, adoption, and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standards through collaboration, education, training, testing and certification.
Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) is an open and standardized way for electricity providers and system operators to communicate DR signals with each other and with their customers using a common language over any existing IP-based communications network, such as the Internet. As the most comprehensive standard for Automated Demand Response, OpenADR has achieved widespread support throughout the industry.
As a member of the OpenADR Alliance, EnergyVille supports the use of OpenADR standards and wants to help unify smart grid plans under a common standards umbrella to form a viable cleantech industry with a relatively level playing field.