Multi-energy Solutions

To help Flemish companies bring innovative and fully-integrated energy products and – services to the international market, Flux50 sets up and coordinates living labs in five ‘innovator zones’. These zones reflect the thematic priorities of Flux50.  One such innovator zone is Multi-energy Solutions at district level.

Market opportunities  –
Multi-energy Solutions at district level

Energy solutions at district level offer scale benefits and allow for a combination of multi-energy vectors like elektricity, heat, green gas and chemical molecules. Sustainable energy sources can be optimally integrated. This integration offers great exchange opportunities between different energy flows in terms of flexibility with energy storage and reduced energy demand.

Today, the market of district deployment and renewal is at the beginning of a spectacular phase of growth – in Europe and worldwide. A multi-energy approach at district level is a key element in most of the current energy strategy documents, like the EU covenant, the priorities around smart cities of the SET (Strategic Energy Technology) recent roadmaps of the European building sector


Existing strengths of Flanders –
Multi-energy Solutions at district level

Being an intensively urbanized area, with over 150 cities and communities who have signed the Covenant of Mayors, Flanders is an ideal take-off market for multi-energy solutions at district level. Pilot projects on sustainable district development in Flanders can be found at Thor-site (Genk), Nieuwe Dokken (Ghent), Tweewaters (Leuven), Nieuw-Zuid (Antwerpen), De Staak (Opwijk).

Important industrial players in heat pumps, district heating&cooling, and CHP combine an important base in Flanders with an international position. Flanders has one of the best equipped gas networks in Europe. Consultancy firms, aggregators, and research institutes have acquired expert knowledge through participation in large EU projects.


Focus of the innovator zone Multi-energy Solutions at district level

In the innovator zone ‘Multi-energy Solutions at district level’, the Flemish industry will focus on three goals:

  • The enhanced interoperability of the energy components for local energy networks. 
  • The initiation of a new type of ESCOs (energy service companies) able to offer a portfolio of energy services (comfort) instead of (energy) commodities (kWh). To have a unique selling proposition, the cluster aims to combine different services and innovative energy technologies.
  • Specific energy hubs, e.g. based on geothermal energy or electrically powered heating and cooling systems are an opportunity to follow - they’ll become economically viable through risk reduction and new technologies.


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Sustainable "Vlaamse Staak" ENG

A Rolecs’ Demonstration Site This pilot project, supported by the Flemish Region, in collaboration with POM Vlaams-Brabant, the municipality of Opwijk, Haviland, Th!nk E, Powerdale and Wattson aims...

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Ecowijk La Gantoise

Bopro Sustainable Investments is running the ‘Ecowijk Gantoise Multi-Energy Cooperation’ 6-month feasibility study in the Multi-Energy Solutions innovator zone. It is investigating the feasibility...

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In the Multi Energy Sources innovator zone, Antea Group is the driving force behind the 5-month feasibility study ‘Enhancing Multi-Energy Distribution in large Retail Development’. The approach...

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Green Data Centre

In the Multi Energy Solutions innovator zone, Riello UPS is the driving force behind the 'Green Data Centre' 6-month feasibility study at the 'Green Energy Park' in Zellik. Riello UPS is focusing on...

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Thermal Grid

'Thermal Grid' is a 6-month feasibility study at the 'Green Energy Park' in Zellik, led by Priva Building Intelligence in the Multi-Energy Solutions innovator zone. Priva is focusing on the...

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Smart Multi-Energy District De Nieuwe Dokken

In the Multi Energy Sources innovator zone, Enervalis was the driving force behind a six-month feasibility study called ‘Smart Multi-Energy District “De Nieuwe Dokken”’. The study aimed to...

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