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First call for feasibility studies

Flux50 calls upon Flemish companies to join their efforts and submit feasibility study proposals by May 31.
We offer our competences to support potential partners in the process.

Flux50 facilitates and supports innovation trajectories around major living labs in the smart energy field showing a positive impact for the Flemish industry. Which innovation trajectories have the highest impact (employment, investments, turn-over)? And which R&D/innovation activities are the required steps in these promising trajectories? In order to evaluate the economic feasibility, the potential market impact, the ideal partnership and the remaining technological, legislative or other challenges of specific trajectories, Flux50 is launching a Feasibility Study Call.


How to submit? 


Topic

Make sure your proposed feasibility study fits one or more of the following five themes. Relevance to the roadmap of the chosen thems will be one of the evaluation criteria:

1.     Energy harbors

Harbor areas play a crucial role in the energy transition. This innovator zone focuses on the following breakthroughs: flexible thermal power stations and heat networks and use of waste products (heat, CO2, ..), demand side management for cooling installations, bi-directional shore power, storage of energy, sustainable harbor infrastructure and the harbor area as a power station.

2.     Microgrids

Microgrids are groups of interconnected consumers, distributed renewable sources and energy storage solutions, within well-defined electric perimeters. Essentially, microgrids manage their own generation, storage and demand facilities and are less depending on the distribution grid. This innovator zone focuses on scalable hybrid microgrids for a wide range of residential and industrial settings.

3.     Multi-energy Solutions at district level

Multi-energy Solutions at district level offer scale benefits and allow for an optimal integration of sustainable energy sources, optimal energy storage, a reduced energy demand and – on a site with different functionalities – great exchange opportunities between energy flows. This innovator zone focuses on solutions for the integration and flexibility of heat, cold, electricity and other energy carriers on district level, including advanced heating and cooling grids.

4.     Energy Cloud Platforms

A multitude of (intelligent) energy apps and services are being developed and rolled out. These are based on big data provided in a uniform, transparent, qualitative and legally correct format. This innovator zone focuses on open interfaces, cyber security, machine-learning capabilities and the improvement of the scalability and self-configurability of wireless communication networks for energy and on the respective innovative energy services.

5.     Intelligent Renovation

Intelligent and ‘deep’ renovation of buildings (both of the envelope and its installation) makes considerable energy and emission reductions possible. This innovator zone focuses on techniques that are both feasible within the Flemish building context and scalable to an international level, with an emphasis on deep renovation with integrated energy systems.

Find out more about the five innovator zones of Flux50.


CONSORTIUM

The call is open to consortia of minimum 3 commercial market players with (future) activities in the Flanders Region. In addition the cluster requires that:

  • All official partners in a feasibility study are paying members of Flux50. Membership is possible at different levels of engagement. For more info contact info@flux50.com.
  • The consortium coordinator has a cluster engagement at “valorization” level and is preferably a central player in the value chain of the proposed solution.
  • The coordinator is not coordinating more than 2 cluster feasibility studies at a time.

For more information check the full guidelines and the FAQ list.


SUBMISSION

 Please submit your proposal in English and according to this template by May 31 2017 at 12 pm CET. Submissions to VLAIO, acting for the Hermesfund, need to happen via Flux50, so please address your proposal to Frederik.Loeckx@flux50.com


PREREGISTRATION

For this first call, a preregistration by email to Frederik.Loeckx@flux50.com by May 15th is required. This preregistration needs to contain at least the title and the purpose of the feasibilty study and will only be used to fasten the procedure of appointing experts to review the proposal once fully submitted.

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TIMING

It is the intention to communicate the evaluation results by July 10th 2017. For information and to be confirmed: the first innovation trajectories/living labs are scheduled to start early 2018.


SUPPORT & CONTACT

Flux50 offers its competences to support potential partners in facilitating their ideas. For more information and support, contact Frederik.Loeckx@flux50.com