Cluster Tours

Energy Community Tour

Cluster or IBN Description

Flanders, Smart Energy Region

Participate in the Energy Community Tour in Flanders. Why?
Because the Flemish region is a European leader in the field of innovation and energy technology. Especially the cooperation between SME’s and the strong research institutes are striking. Also at global level Belgium and Flanders are frontrunners.

These strong assets of Flanders are crucial in facing the energy transition.

  • To ensure the cooperation, co-creation and development of new energy technology the spearhead cluster for energy, Flux50,  was created in 2017.

  • In the 2 years between the launch and today, more than 150 companies and research & knowledge institutes collaborate(d) in circa 50 projects. These projects were financially supported by the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO).

  • The shared ambition of ‘Flanders, Smart Energy Region’ sustains and feeds into this cooperation.

As motor behind the Flemish Smart Energy Region, Flux50 supports, represents, mobilises and encourages brainstorming, and develops partnerships between their members. At the same time, Flux50 is the link between the companies and policymakers committed to seeing Flemish energy technology flourish technically and economically.

The Smart Energy community tour

Flemish companies have made it possible for the concepts of local energy communities to not just be investigated, but also expanded and developed as large-scale pilots, or involved in Living Labs.

The community offers you the opportunity to get introduced to 2 well-known research institutes: IMEC and KULeuven. Next to that, you can visit one of the demonstration sites of the Story-project (Horizon 2020) and in the afternoon the Hertogsite of the Resisterra-project.


08:00: departure from FMCCA, to Leuven

09:30-11:00: visit of an operational local energy community (residential demo site of the Story-project)


11:00-12:00: visit of research facilities and labo’s of iMec Leuven

12:00-14:00: lunch, acquaintance and matchmaking at KULeuven/energyVille


14:00-15:30: Visit of Hertogsite: energy designed in urban transition project. Tour guided by Leuven 2030


15:30: departure to Antwerp, FMCCA


The matchmaking event is organised by Enterprise Europe Network, in collaboration with Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), Flanders Investment and Trade and TCI Network. The matchmaking event with bilateral B2B meetings during 12 cluster tours. Participants are free to register for a cluster tour or only attend the matchmaking.

More info and registration for the matchmaking:


Case of Flux50

Local Energy Communities: Roll Out Project

Within the project, a total of 25 companies and 5 research institutes kick-off an ambitious, interdisciplinary cooperative research project aiming to gain understanding and to maximize the potential of Energy Communities (ECs). The Energy Communities are a novel concept in the 4th Energy Package / Clean Energy Package of the European Commission and refer to cooperation among consumers (or prosumers) in order to accomplish the satisfaction of their communities energy needs using locally produced energy sources.

Within an EC, energy can be exchanged to maximize the balance between local consumption and production, and organizes this exchange at community level.  Assets such as solar panels batteries, charging stations for electrical vehicles and even grid operation could be part of the new community approach.

The local production and storage of energy triggers demand-side response of the consumers to contribute to reducing losses and inefficiencies of the system. At the same time the control and storage of renewable energy can unburden the distribution grid operators and could open doors for energy communities to become more active participants of the balancing markets (flexibility).

The 30 partners of ROLECS have set out clear goals to make LECs a success technically, financially, socially and legally. Making LECs a relevant part of our energy system is a clear target to enable more local renewables and providing new business opportunities without increasing societal cost of public infrastructure.

Partners: Th!nk E, ABB, Wattson, ThermoVault, Enervalis, Energent, 3E, Ducoop, Farys Solar, Ingenium, Engie Electrabel, Engie Laborelec, KBC, Quares, OpenMotics, Metha advocaten, Blixt, Magenta Tree, Fieldfisher, Powerdale, Antea, Aspiravi, 70GigaWatt, C-Valley Leuven, Fluvius System Operator, IMEC, VITO, KU Leuven,UGent, and VUB.

© Rob Stevens

© Rob Stevens

© Rob Stevens

© Rob Stevens

Members of Flux50 / Companies

The ambition of ‘Flanders, Smart Energy Region’ is definitely carried out by the quadruple helix model. As a vehicle the Energy Communities are the undeniable outcome of the cooperation between strong Flemish research institutes, industry, policymakers and the “community” (as the term implies).     


During the tour a stop will be made at research facilities in Leuven. Apart from the universities KU Leuven, University of Ghent, University of Brussels (VUB), University of Antwerp, and University of Hasselt (UHasselt), also the knowledge institutes BBRI, VITO, IMEC & EnergyVille have a strong international reputation.


EnergyVille is a collaboration between the Flemish research partners KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. Our researchers provide expertise to industry and public authorities on energy-efficient buildings and intelligent networks for a sustainable urban environment. This includes, for example, smart grids and advanced district heating and cooling.

One of the objectives of EnergyVille is to become one of the top five European institutes in innovative energy research. In this context, the center was embedded in major national andinternational networks right from the start. It covers research, development, training and innovative industrial activities under one name and in close collaboration with local, regional andinternational partners.

EnergyVille aims to be a driver in the Thor science park in Genk (Belgium) in the areas of research, business development and employment creation. The research center is supported by the city of Genk, the Flemish Government, the Province of Limburg, LRM, Nuhma, POM Limburg and the European structural funds.


Technology as enabler for new energy ecosystems resulting in a successful market adoption when it goes hand in hand with a socio-economic viable model. “Leuven2030” proofs how the quadruple helix model can be transformed into successful local action. After lunch “Leuven2030” will be the guide through their urban transition projects.


The development of 10 living labs by 2023 is one of the top priorities in ‘Flanders, Smart Energy Region’. These 10 complementary demonstration sites form a sound basis to represent the most potential future LEC concepts, from small residential cooperative to large industrial private set-ups.

A community living energetical together is foreseen as one of the stops.

Dress code

Easy shoes and with bad weather an umbrella or rain clothing.