What to expect?
Our energy landscape is currently facing an ambitious transition. Our future energy system has to become more sustainable, while guaranteeing a balanced energy supply, without any shortage, drastic excesses or substantial losses. To absorb ebbs and flows in the intermittent energy supply of renewable energy and to optimally use the energy produced, we need an integrated and balanced system approach which takes into account multiple energy vectors, both thermal and electric.
Quite a challenge? The EFRO/SALK project ‘Towards a sustainable energy supply in cities’ unites the necessary players from KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt and develops several innovative technologies to fulfill these ambitions.
Within the project, the energy issue is looked into by means of three innovative research tracks:
- SolSThore: investigates novel, more efficient solar cells, optimised power electronics and batteries as well as the aesthetics of photovoltaic (PV) systems. This includes solar cells that can be made transparent or highly integrated into building façades (BIPV), low-profile DC/DC converters that can be built into the frames of innovative BIPV products interfacing with the local DC grid, and more reliable battery designs and materials as well as battery management electronics.
- GeoWatt: looks into thermal networks of the 4th generation which are low temperature networks balancing heat/cold production with local demand. These thermal networks will have an important impact on reducing the primary energy use (for heat/cold) by harvesting waste-heat and complementing it with renewable energy sources. Tackled challenges in this study are needed technological innovations on substations, thermal storage and proximity of deep geothermal heat and how to create flexibility and balance the system while keeping the investment and operational costs low.
- SmarThor: In Energy as a Service concepts, ICT is connecting user comfort and renewable generation. At the same time ICT is connecting the different energy vectors, electricity, gas, heat and cold. This will enable multi-energy systems, thermal and electric energy sources are optimally interwoven with each other and their usage. EnergyVille develops the techno-economic framework, by means of an ICT-platform, integrating thermal and electrical energy alike.
- 12.30h: Welcome with lunch
- 13.30h: GeoWatt
- 14.15h: SolSThore
- 15.00h: Short Coffee Break
- 15.30h: SmarThor
- 16.15h: Closing drink with pie & tour through the buildings and laboratories. Each research activity will also present its research in the EnergyVille labs. Any questions? This is thé place to go!
Thor Park 8000
Please park at the public parking lot at the entrance of Thor Park. It is not allowed to park in front of the building, on the gravel, in the little park or on the road in the whole of Thor Park.
This project received the support of the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund ERDF, Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the Province of Limburg.