In April 2014, the first stone was laid for the new EnergyVille headquarters in Genk: a 15,000-m² campus where VITO, KU Leuven and imec will combine their research on green urban energy. The campus is part of the new Thor science park.
KU Leuven, VITO and imec are combining their expertise and research on sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems under the heading EnergyVille. For the building, EnergyVille is receiving support from the City of Genk, Limburg Investment Company (LRM), Provincial Development Company (POM) Limburg, and the European Structural Funds. The EnergyVille campus will be a model of energy neutrality, with solar panels and the clever use of heat via heat pumps, district heating and new heat storage techniques. EnergyVille hopes to begin using the building in 2015.
The first Thor Park building was the IncubaThor, the location for the EnergyVille Business Day in October 2014. Prominent experts from the European energy sector engaged in debate. Several companies also took part in workshops on the research themes of EnergyVille: thermal energy systems, the physical integration of renewable energy sources, the interoperability of future energy markets and interfaces for electricity storage.
Within EnergyVille, VITO is putting its knowledge of intelligent energy systems such as smart grids and sophisticated urban district heating to use for companies and governments. It is also developing innovative technologies for the energy supply of the future.
- Partnership of VITO, KU Leuven and imec
- Embedded in the following networks: Smart Grids Flanders (Flanders), EIT-KIC InnoEnergy (Europe), Global Smart Grid Federation (international)
- Duration: launched in 2012
- Budget: € 25,000,000