Usage Driven Power Station

  Imtech, Eoluz, i.leco and Smart Software Development

Hydro Energy Power Station

  Cordeel, Imtech, Ecosource, Eoluz, i.leco and Turbulent


  VUB, Blueways International, Powerdale, Imtech, Scholt Energy Control and VDL Bus Roeselare

Budget: € 16,554,411
Grant:€ 6,862,608

The business premises of construction company Cordeel in De Zaat Temse is an integrated ecosystem built on three pillars.
1. Energy in buildings: the need of the users and profiles'Usage Driven Power Station'
2. Innovative energy production:'Hydro Energy Power Station'
3.Electro-mobility: 'Optibids'

Take a look here for a full presentation of the 'Hydro Energy Power Station'
Watch the presentation of the 'Optibids'-project here


1. 'Usage Driven Power Station' 

  • Type: development project
  • Budget: € 3,152,002
  • Grant:  € 1,339,178

The first pillar is the development project 'Usage Driven Power Station' where the needs of the users from different buildings and the profiles of energy production are identified and coordinated. By ‘deep learning’, data of building occupancy, production processes, the need for energy and sustainable generation systems are logged and processed. Energy consumption is predicted, visualized and optimally tuned.


2. 'Hydro Energy Power Station'

  • Type: development project
  • Budget: € 8,899,005
  • Grant:  € 2,521,720

The second pillar is the development project 'Hydro Energy Power Station' where innovative energy production processes and storage installations are designed, implemented and tested for further application on other sites.

  • A tidal power station is placed at the beginning of the Schelde dock. An innovative 'robot vacuum cleaner’ will soak up obstructions due to sand and sludge and return it to the Schelde. A large turbine with additional production of 20% compared to two small turbines (from 500 to 600 MWh) will be designed. This design will be implemented and thoroughly tested in real conditions.
  • The 'energy hill’ provides a water basin at height to which water will be inflated with the surplus of renewable energy and supply electricity via a turbine in case of a shortage of renewable energy.
  • Awaiting the definitive design and installation, simulations are carried out on a small-scale turbine to demonstrate the innovative aspect. A variable version of the turbine delivers maximum flexibility which is important for the return and the economic valorization.
  • For interoperability, different used building management systems were converted into a building management platform. An intermediate communication layer was installed for further data transport to the cloud to improve the system stability and the quality of the data.
  • The ‘floating solar panels' on the dock have many applications worldwide. Innovative solutions for the floats, which are usually large in volume, and solutions for the anchorages, with which many incidents happen, will be demonstrated on the Zaat site.
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3. Optibids

  • Type: ICON project
  • Budget: € 4,503,404
  • Grant:  € 3,000,608

The third pillar is the electro-mobility where the extended vehicle fleet, the charging infrastructure and the renewable energy applications will serve as one of the three pilot sites of the ICON project 'Optibids'.

Current results exceed all the objectives:

  • The self-consumption rate now stands at 68%. The tidal power plant will probably have a negative impact, but the energy hill can largely compensate for this so that the objective of 65% is most certainly achievable.
  • The reduction of the ecological footprint (predetermined 10%) already stands at 23.5% due to the integration of external Renewable Energy Sources and storage opportunities.
  • Energy costs have been greatly reduced by 14.6% compared to the intended 8%.



Moreover, the EU H2020 Creators project was initiated to roll out the concept with demonstrations in 10 different sites spread over 7 countries and involving 500 SMEs. The focus is on standardization, forms of financing, setting up energy communities and making the social context of the applications economically feasible. As one of the final objectives, De Zaat in Temse wants to achieve the 'CO2 certification’.


Members involved

Scholt Energy Control
Imtech Belgium
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Blueways International
Smart Building Software Solutions
VDL Bus Roeselare