EnergyVille examines the economic, technological and behavioural aspects of the current and future energy system and advises about the changes in the short and long term. We monitor energy demand and supply, carry out evaluations and provide advice on energy efficiency, renewable energy and flexibility for companies and local, regional and European policy makers.

Our models for long-term optimisation of the energy system are based on the TIMES modelling framework. As a policymaker or company, you can use this to calculate cost-efficient trajectories to a new energy system, based on renewable energy sources and taking into account the climate goals and energy policy.

Our energy market simulation models simulate actual clearing of European energy and flexibility markets. As a market organiser (private, DSO, TSO, ..), these can be used to understand the impact of changes to your energy market design on traded volumes and their price.




Helena Gerard

Senior Researcher at EnergyVille/VITO
Erik Delarue


Erik Delarue

Professor Mechanical Engineering at EnergyVille/KU Leuven

Business developers

Wim Michielsen


Wim Michielsen

Business developer Energy Markets and Smart Energy Management Systems for Buildings at EnergyVille/VITO
Maarten Lenaerts


Maarten Lenaerts

Business Developer Energy Strategies at EnergyVille/VITO
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Glenn Reynders

Business Developer Energy for buildings and districts, and Energy strategies and markets at EnergyVille/KU Leuven
Electrical & Thermal

Energy monitoring and policy advice

The development of a sustainable energy policy for the future requires an in-depth knowledge of past and current energy trends. This is one of the pillars on which the energy monitoring services provided by EnergyVille are based.

EnergyVille examines the economic, technological and behavioural aspects of the energy transition, and advises you on this topic. We do this together with other researchers in European and international networks: the European Topic Center on Air and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC / ACM), research alliance (EERA) and Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programs (ETSAP).

Energy scenarios: long-term energy system planning

Energy scenarios are essential when formulating measures aimed at achieving the transition to a more sustainable energy supply. EnergyVille develops optimisation and simulation models to substantiate these scenarios by demonstrating their potential, cost and environmental impact. In addition, we evaluate the conditions under which the proposed energy solutions can be implemented in practice, with the ultimate object of facilitating and accelerating the energy transition. EnergyVille has the capability to contribute to your strategic energy projects, by providing a stable framework that guarantees that your new developments will be of a high quality and are based on a broad scientific foundation.

Interoperable flexibility trading solutions for energy markets

Thanks to the ever increasing amount of renewable energy sources, there is a corresponding growth in requirements for flexible demand and supply to cope with the impact of the unpredictable and intermittent behaviour of RES. EnergyVille is examining ways to model and harvest residential and industrial flexibility so the network can  run in a stable and cost-effective manner.

Thanks to technological innovation, energy vectors become more and more linked. EnergyVille has therefore developed a multi carrier flexibility modelling framework that allows for easy modelling, optimisation & valuation of residential and industrial flexibility in a multi carrier environment. The framework is used both for operational steering as in design phase (Design4Flex).

Interoperability forms a crucial challenge with regard to the energy market of tomorrow. To the greatest extent possible, EnergyVille examines interoperability issues in a holistic way, focusing upon the technological aspects, as well as upon the economic and social aspects. In order to achieve an energy market ready to tackle the future, there is a need for intelligent control mechanisms, backed by robust ICT systems, coupled with a raft of agreements between the various stakeholders, such as energy companies, network managers and end-users.

Energy market design

The increasing share of distributed & renewable energy resources provide challenges but also opportunities for system operators (TSOs and DSOs), market participants and end consumers.  Although they might be increasingly confronted with grid problems related to frequency control, congestion management and voltage control, these assets provide new opportunities for market participants to buy and provide flexibility services to optimise the cost of their activity. The emergence of flexibility markets, developments in big data and machine learning, and the roll-out of digital metering are important facilitators, enabling system operators, prosumers and traders to adopt new innovative ways to trade flexibility.

Smart design of markets & products is thereby required to account for the interactions between stakeholders, non-rational prosumer behaviour or possible market distortions such as technology neutrality. EnergyVille has advanced market design & simulation capabilities to determine the right market, service or product and models dynamic multi-energy systems and multi-stakeholder behaviour to enable governments and system operators to drive the energy transition in Flanders and Europe.