November 13, 2018

VUB-MOBI has conducted 4 Flux50 feasibility studies on the development of a multi-energy microgrid in Zellik

The Green Energy Campus (GEP) project is a joint operation of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel (UZB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and comprises of the construction and development of an innovation centre on green energy, operational by 2020. The Green Energy Campus lays in a research park (Research Park Zellik) where another 70 companies from different sectors are active.  This presents a unique opportunity to interconnect the innovation center with green energy production and the research park to form a green microgrid.

The Green Energy Campus endeavors to develop and implement a CO2-neutral, self-sufficient multi-energy grid that also serves as a living lab to develop, test, and validate market ready products and services for microgrids in real-life conditions.

The Green Energy Park will host interconnected prosumers including a large green data centre (>1 MW thermal producer), an incubator for start-ups, a large parking lot (150-400 vehicles) with electric charging infrastructure and 70 companies from different sectors.  In addition, it will integrate renewable energy production systems (3-4MW solar, 3-4MW Wind Energy), cogeneration (or Combined Heat Power CHP) andenergy storage capacity (batteries and vehicle-to-grid), and it will manage its own supply and demand of both thermal and electric energy to decrease its dependence on the grid. The operational microgrid will be designed towards minimal environmental impact and optimal reliability, safety, security and cost-effectiveness and will allow the integration of e-mobility. The living lab will be conceived for accommodating a wide range of technologies, offering an experimental and versatile platform for the Flemish industry, and will be used to implement and assess innovative products and services that meet the challenges of the grid-of-the-future.

The 4 feasibility studies VUB-MOBI conducting are new at a final stage and will serve as a basis for the further developments in the  GEP.