E-harbours tackles the challenge to create a more sustainable energy model in harbour regions on the basis of innovative intelligent energy networks (smart grids).


Closed project



E-harbours focuses on 3 objectives:

  • Increase the production and use of renewable energy in harbour cities. Harbour cities have extensive industrial areas with a great potential for development of sustainable energies; from wind, solar PV, tide, waves and the reuse of industrial waste, heat or cooling available;
  • Increase the use of energy smart grids. Attuning demand and supply of energy by flexible demand management, instantaneous load shedding (both directions), energy labelling, intelligent storage;
  • Increase the use of electric transport, a perfect partner to connect to large scale renewable energies ánd leading the a more healthy environment in the harbour regions.

EnergyVille's Contribution

EnergyVille is responsible for the research and demonstration activities carried out in the port of Antwerp. Several port companies have been involved in the project, demand response audits have been carried out, techno-economic simulations and analysis for different business cases have been performed for different industrial processes in order to analyse to what extent Virtual Power Plants in a port environment can be set up.

Jef Verbeeck


Jef Verbeeck

Researcher Energy Technology at EnergyVille/VITO