Built on the black gold of the past, with an innovative vision for a green future, that is EnergyVille's Open Thor Living Lab – a unique ecosystem with a state-of-the-art infrastructure in which innovative energy solutions are developed, tested and accelerated to the market, in interaction with scientific, industrial and residential stakeholders.

Please note the event will be held in Dutch.



Thor Central
Thor Park
3600 Genk

Living Lab Business Day

During the Living Lab Business Day we open up the doors to our living lab for technology, energy and innovation – our Open Thor Living Lab.

We would like to put the spotlight on the various demonstrators and infrastructure works that are in the starting blocks to accelerate innovation in collaboration with companies, governments and knowledge partners. And we share, together with our business partners, the results of innovative research on digitization of the energy transition, sustainable or circular construction and neighborhood development.

This way we hope to exchange valuable insights about current and future developments in the energy transition on 15 September!

Open Thor Living Lab

What to expect?

  • Inauguration of the Open Thor infrastructure works in the presence of Flemish ministers Jo Brouns and Zuhal Demir

  • Exclusive presentation of the Open Thor Living Lab

  • Insight into the latest results regarding sustainable or circular construction, renovation, heating, smart charging, ... in specific deep dive sessions in collaboration with companies

  • Networking opportunities with our experts and researchers to discuss your specific needs or wishes within the energy transition


  • 11.30-12.20: Registration and welcome with a tasty lunch

  • 12.20-13.00: Inauguration of THOREAQ and CollecThor

  • 13.00-14.30: Plenary session: Exclusive presentation of the new infrastructure developments THOREAQ, CollecThor and Open Thor, Host: Gerrit Jan Schaeffer (EnergyVille)

    • Welcome by the Flemish Minister of Work, Economy, Innovation & Agriculture Jo Brouns

    • Welcome by the Flemish Minister of Justice and Enforcement, Environment, Energy and Tourism Zuhal Demir

    • How sustainable and innovative energy solutions come to life in a unique living lab: Open Thor, THOREAQ and CollecThor by Daan Six and Stijn Verbeke, EnergyVille

    • The importance of local municipalities in scaling up innovation by Mayor Wim Dries, City of Genk

    • The importance of Open Thor at Thor Park by Joris Merckx, Thor Park

    • Value and necessity of test locations by Joep van de Weijden, TU Delft 

  • 14.30-15.00: Break with fresh coffee

  • 15.00-16.30: Parallel deep dive sessions on specific research themes

    • Circularity and energy in the construction sector
      Moderator: Michiel Ritzen, EnergyVille
      - Lieven De Groote, MAKER architecten 
      - Joeri Beneens, Beneens, Circulair gebouw Kamp C
      - Bas van de Kreeke, Soltech

    • Digitalisation and social innovation in the construction sector
      Moderator: Pieter Van Den Steen, EnergyVille
      - Rob Van Welsenaere,Avineon 
      - Stefanie Gielen, Kempisch Tehuis
      - Lieven Smeyers, Lito 

    • Smart charging
      Moderator: Johan Driesen, EnergyVille
      - Dirk Eeraerts, Phoenix Contact
      - Sam De Frene, Blue Corner
      - Bjorn Robbens, C-battery

    • Sustainable Heat
      Moderator: Ann Wouters, EnergyVille
      - Laurent Van Thournout, Daikin 
      - Michaël Verbiest, IFTech
      - Seppe Van Hout, SEDS

  • 16.30-17.30: Closing network reception

Interested in joining? You are more than welcome!

You can register using the form below.

Do you perhaps know any other potential interested parties?

Do not hesitate to forward this invitation.

They are also welcome!

Practical details

  • When are you expected? September 15, 2022, 11.30 AM.

  • Where are you expected? Thor Central, Thor Park, Genk.

  • The event will take place in Dutch.

  • This event is free of charge. Are you unable to join at the last minute? Please pass on your ticket. This way you avoid a symbolic no-show fee of 50 euros.


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The THOREAQ project received funding from:


The CollecThor project received funding from:

 Interreg Vlaanderen - Nederland • Interreg.eu

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