Flux50 in innovative projects: LIFEBAT, SCOPE, Solarise and Smart Energy City

As well as pursuing financial support for your innovation projects via VLAIO, Flux50 tries to help you by setting up its own projects. We do this to create added value for the Flemish energy sector via other channels. Projects currently include LIFEBAT, SCOPE, SOLARISE and the SMART ENERGY CITY project. Solarise is an Interreg project executed in collaboration with partners from the Netherlands, France and the UK.

SCOPE: Competence forecast for energy-efficient buildings

Technologic innovations follow on each other’s heels. Especially when it comes to energy efficiency in the building sector. As work methods change, clients develop additional expectations. The integration of systems and techniques is more and more of a necessity. New competences will be needed to make the most of these evolutions. And new competences result in the need for new training. 

On the level of content, the study will specifically focus on the effects of the densification of the building layer. By making requirements on the EPC and EPB, we are establishing a trend in which insulation and building airtightness are increasing and ventilation techniques and heat pumps are being introduced in homes. Despite this, the general air quality in buildings is dropping. The tuning of various techniques in this area is as even greater challenge.

The end-goal of the SCOPE study is a competency prognosis for this sub-area of technology. The project is financially supported by ESF-Flanders. 

Read more about the SCOPE-study.



For the year-long inter-cluster project LIFEBAT, Flux50, together with the technology federation, Agoria, and the spearhead cluster, SIM, will be examining what opportunities exist and can be created for Flemish companies in parts of the full life cycle of (lithium-ion) batteries. Consultancy agencies, Susteco and Novesta, are gathering knowledge on the evolutions to be expected in the battery value chain and insight into the requirements associated with using batteries for storage on a major scale, as well as the aspects of circular economy that relate to the residual value (e.g. second-life batteries). 


Smart Energy City

In July, the first steps in the mapping of city and municipal energy projects were taken in the framework of this project. Local administrations showed excellent responses and strong desires to participate. For the VSG collaboration, approximately 30 cities and municipalities provided information about the energy projects they were involved in. From the map of municipal demand and projects, an open dialogue has been started with Flemish suppliers. 

After all, as they are at the most civilian level, the authorities governing cities and municipalities play a crucial role in energy transition. Their own projects and the translation of central goals can inform and mobilise citizens, as well as deliver peace of mind. For this, half of our Flemish cities and municipalities have signed the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, committing to reduce their carbon footprint by 40%. This energy transition in cities and municipalities offers opportunities for Flemish industry (energy, ICT, telecom, transport and construction).  

Together with Agoria, Vito/EnergyVille and VVSG, Flux50 wants to facilitate demand-driven innovations by bringing the demand from local government together with the right supplier. 

Read more about the Smart Energy City project


Interreg 2 Seas region: the Solarise project

The European Solarise project is to be run in the Interreg 2 Seas region. Interreg 2 Seas is a European Territorial Cooperation Programme covering England, France, the Netherlands and Flanders. The programme is financed by the European Regional Development Fund and by the participating regions and Member States (incl. Flanders). It finances projects on low carbon technologies, adaptation to climate change, .... 

With numerous partners from the business world, academic and public sectors involved, the project aims to facilitate large-scale development of solar electricity and heat generation.

Driven  by the EU in its strive to derive 20% of energy consumption from renewables by 2020, there have been major steps forwards in solar electricity generation. Despite this, and the fact that it is the most abundant of all renewable energy sources, solar electricity is seen as being extremely expensive and problematic. This is due to the time it takes to achieve a return on the investment and due to the variability of solar energy. Solutions such as solar photovoltaic batteries have not been adequately deployed despite rises in consumer energy prices. As such, solar energy has not been adequately embraced in the 2 Seas region and is not fulfilling its potential.

The Solarise project will test and demonstrate various solutions on historical public buildings and even domestic households in urban and rural settings, aiming to reduce the costs associated with solar energy, and implement innovations in storage technology to increase efficiency and encourage use at the point of generation.  

Technology demonstration projects will be evaluated and reviewed by partners based on their potential for wide-scale deployment and replicability, providing a framework for commercialisation of the technology throughout the 2 Seas region.

Within Solarise, Flux50 will take up the dissemination role and, in addition will act as the contact for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP).  With the insights gained from within this project, the members of Flux50 will be able to achieve higher penetration of solar power in Flanders.

Their 2nd workshop will be held on Wednesday 12 September 2018 at the University of Portsmouth.

  • The workshop will include an overview of the SOLARISE project, a discussion on the ongoing work and future plans on solar installations in two city councils in the south of England.
  • A discussion on the challenges faced and opportunities identified by communities of investors in solar energy from the south of England.
  • An overview of methods for assessing and projecting the effectiveness of feed-in tariffs for residential photovoltaic systems.
  • Spatial perspective on UK solar deployments.
  • An analysis of the fluctuations of the solar market in Flanders.

An opportunity for the project partners to meet, share experiences and discuss ideas with project stakeholders and representatives of organisations interested in the adoption and deployment of solar energy in the 2Seas region.