Cluster Tours

Energy Community Tour

The Flemish region in Belgium is one of the leaders in innovation in Europe. Especially cooperation and co-creation between SMEs and the strong knowledge and research institutes are striking. Even at global level Belgium and Flanders are frontrunners.

Cooperation is one of our assets for the energy transition in Flanders.

This aim for cooperation created Flux50 - the spearhead cluster for energy in Flanders - in 2017.

Between 2017 and 2019 more than 150 companies and research & knowledge institutes collaborate(d) in circa 50 projects, receiving financial support from 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

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.



08:00: departure from FMCCA, to Leuven

09:30-11:00: Visit of Local Energy Community in operation

11:00-12:00: Visit of research facilities and labo’s in Leuven

12:00-14:00: lunch, acquaintance and matchmaking

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

15:30: departure to Antwerp, FMCCA

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

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.


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.