COLHD: Commercial vehicles using Optimised Liquid biofuels and HVO Drivetrains

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:42:59 GMT

Effective start/end date1/11/1731/10/20

IMAGE - Innovative Manufacturing Routes for Next Generation Batteries in Europe

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:43:20 GMT

Short titleIMAGE
Effective start/end date1/11/1730/04/21

ASSURED: fASt and Smart charging solutions for full size URban hEavy Duty applications

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:02:10 GMT


The overall objectives of the ASSURED project are: * Analysing the needs of the cities, operators and end-users to derive the requirements and specifications for the next generation of electrically chargeable heavy-duty (HD) vehicles (i.e. buses (≥12m)), medium-duty (MD) trucks and light duty vehicles envisioned to operate with an urban environment; * Improving the total cost of ownership (TCO) through better understanding of the impact of fast charging profiles on battery lifetime, sizing, safety, grid reliability and (round-trip) energy- efficiency of the charger-vehicle combination; * Development of next generation modular high-power charging solutions (up to 600kW) for electrified HD and MD vehicles in terms of innovative, standardized interfaces and interoperability; * Development of innovative charging management strategies to improve the TCO, the environmental impact, operational cost and the impact on the grid stability from the fleet upscaling point of view (up to 100 buses); * Demonstration of 6 electrically chargeable HD vehicles (i.e. 6 public transport buses), 3 MD trucks (2 refuse collections & 1 delivery truck) and 1 light duty vehicle with automatic fast charging all at TRL 7-9; * Development of interoperable and scalable high power charging solutions among different key European charging solution providers; * Demonstration of energy and cost efficient wireless charging solution up to 100 kW for an electric light duty vehicle (VAN); * Evaluating the cost, energy efficiency, impact on the grid of the different use cases, noise and environmental impact of the ASSURED solutions; * To actively support the take-up of business cases and exploitation of project results across Europe of the use cases by partner cities (Barcelona, Osnabruck, Goteborg, Brussels, Jaworzno, Munich, Eindhoven, Bayonne, Madrid) and end users (P&G, UPS, Colruyt, URBASER); Ø Effectively knowledge transfer and networking for exchange of experience with the User Group, cities, public transport authorities (PTA’s) and public transport operators (PTO’s: TMB, STWOS, PKM, CONNEXXION, TFL) and standardization bodes (i.e. CEN-CENELEC, ISO, IEC).
Short titleASSURED
Effective start/end date1/10/1730/09/21

HiFi-ELEMENTS : High Fidelity Electric Modelling and Testing

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:06:12 GMT

Effective start/end date1/10/1730/09/20

OBELICS:Optimization of scalaBle rEaltime modeLs and functIonal testing for e-drive ConceptS

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:41:13 GMT

Short titleOBELICS
Effective start/end date1/10/1730/09/20

Workshop: Sustainability Bootcamp (Brussels VUB-Campus, 9 April - 12 April 2018)

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:56:07 GMT

Effective start/end date27/09/1731/12/18

Research and data collection in the framework of the BSI-Brussels Centre Observatory.

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:17:59 GMT


A careful follow-up of the dynamics and the effects of the Brussels pedestrian zone is crucial. Only by collecting objective data and information, the impact of this intervention can be analyzed and the public debate can happen in a serene way. The BSI-Brussels Center Observatory – gathering about 40 academics and researchers from five different universities - has already started collecting mobility data and coordinating the research group to analyze the functioning of the Brussels pedestrian zone. The third working group focuses on the impact analysis of accessibility and travel behavior. The Observatory works with existing data, which are consolidated, such as counts of pedestrian fluxes. In order to supplement these data and get an idea of (the changes) in travel behavior and the attractiveness of the pedestrian zone, a large-scale survey must be conducted. This mobility survey is, of course, linked to the various phases of the pedestrianization project and the possibilities and constraints associated with it (such as the absence of an analog survey before the project started). In the absence of a new major national survey such as BELDAM, this project proposal entails an additional and entirely complementary research conducted within the framework of the BSI Observatory and for which a first portfolio of results is available to the wider public. The purpose of the research is to gain insight into the impact of the pedestrian zone on the travel behavior of visitors, residents and employees. The existing data sets do not allow the following questions to be answered within this topic. The first part focuses on: “What is the travel behavior of visitors, residents and employees that use the pedestrian zone? Has the modal choice of these groups of people been affected by the introduction of the pedestrian zone (coupled with changes in public transport and parking facilities)? Does this affect their shopping behavior? To what degree are they satisfied with their experiences in terms of mobility and accessibility, and do other factors play a role in this (such as safety, cleanliness, social interaction, etc.)?” The second part covers the question: “How was the pedestrian zone in relation to traffic volumes (road traffic, public transport, cycling) and parking?” Based on a large-scale follow-up survey, this research focuses on the implementation of the pedestrian zone in terms of travel behavior and satisfaction. This survey will be conducted as soon as possible after the project has started (preferably for the planned construction works). It is at the same time a benchmark for a second survey that will be repeated in a follow-up project, 6 months after the end of the construction works, so that an evolution can be observed and analyzed. The second part involves an in-depth analysis of existing data on traffic flows based upon a.o. the analysis of the 2017 Bedrijfsvervoersplannen (collected by the Administration of Brussels Environment – IBGE-BIM)) and a comparison with the data obtained in 2014 and 2011 (USL-B CES).
Effective start/end date1/02/1731/01/20

Future Research, Advanced Development and Implementation Activities for Road Transport (FUTURE-RADAR)

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:44:48 GMT


The FUTURE-RADAR project will support the European Technology Platform ERTRAC (the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and the European Green Vehicle Initiative PPP to create and implement the needed research and innovation strategies for a sustainable and competitive European road transport system. Linking all relevant stakeholders FUTURE-RADAR will provide the consensus-based plans and roadmaps addressing the key societal, environmental, economic and technological challenges in areas such as road transport safety, urban mobility, long distance freight transport, automated road transport, global competitiveness and all issues related to energy and environment. FUTURE-RADAR will also facilitate exchange between cities in Europa, Asia and Latin America on urban electric mobility solutions. The FUTURE-RADAR activities include project monitoring, strategic research agendas, international assessments and recommendations for innovation deployment as well as twinning of international projects and comprehensive dissemination and awareness activities. Overall it can be stated that FUTURE-RADAR provides the best opportunity to maintain, strengthen and widen the activities to further develop the multi-stakeholder road transport research area, for the high-quality research of societal and industrial relevance in Europe.
Effective start/end date1/01/1731/12/20

Optimised Real-world Cost-Competitive Modular Hybrid Architecture for Heavy Duty Vehicles (ORCA)

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:33:25 GMT


The ORCA Project proposal addresses topic GV-03-2016, “System and cost optimised hybridisation of road vehicles” of the Green Vehicle work programme. The work proposed will, in a single coordinated project, address all the aspects of the domain 2 “For pure and plug-in hybrids, power-train system integration and optimisation through the re-use of waste heat, advanced control, downsizing of ICEs, innovative transmissions and the integration of electronic components” regarding Heavy Duty Vehicles.The activity proposed will be conducted by an 11-member consortium from 7 different European Members States representing all requested competencies in the field of powertrain optimization for Heavy Duty vehicles. The consortium comprises OEMs with IVECO-ALTRA, CRF and VOLVO (also members of EUCAR, suppliers VALEO, BOSCH, JOHNSON MATTHEY and JSR MICRO (CLEPA), leading Engineering and Technology Companies/organizations and Universities with TNO, FRAUNHOFER, and VUB (EARPA). The majority of the consortium are also active members of ERTRAC and EGVIA.The overall objectives of the ORCA project are:* Reduce the TCO to the same as diesel vehicle TCO level, targeting over 10% system cost premium reduction compared to actual IVECO hybrid bus and VOLVO conventional truck with the same performances, same functionalities and operative cost, and also targeting up to 10% rechargeable energy storage (RES) lifetime/energy throughput improvement.* Improve the hybrid powertrain efficiency up to 5% compared to actual IVECO hybrid bus and conventional truck through optimized RES selection & sizing and by improving the energy and ICE management.* Reduce the fuel consumption by 40% compared to an equivalent conventional HD vehicle (bus & truck).* Downsize the ICE by at least 50% compared to actual IVECO hybrid bus and VOLVO conventional truck.* Improve the electric range from 10km to 30km by adding the PHEV capabilities and optimising the RES capacity.* Case study assessment to replace a diesel engine by a CNG engine for future heavy-duty vehicles.
Short titleORCA
Effective start/end date1/10/1630/09/20

System for Preparation, Assembly and Characterization (PAC) for Rechargeable Energy Storage Cells

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:19:30 GMT


The PAC- system can be used to perform four types of activites, namely: active material preparation, active material coating, assembly and dismantling of half cells, coin cell and small pouch cells, and material analysis using X- Ray Diffraction (XRD). First activity of active material preparation involves a high temperature furnace to mix the reactants and form the active material(AM) at high temperature, then formulating the electrode material with the AM, conductive agents and binder in a ball mill. Secondly, the coating, involves automatic coater with a doctor blade, which helps coating of the electrode material on the current collector, then drying it in a vacuum furnace. Third action, assembly and dismantling involves die cutters, ultrasonic welding,vacuum sealer, crimping machine, dismantling machine and consumables depending on the type of half cell. Finally, characterization with XRD in-situ to analyze phase change of the electrode materials using a dedicated LeRiChe'S cell.
Short titlePAC-system
Effective start/end date1/03/1628/02/19


Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:08:18 GMT

Effective start/end date1/03/1631/08/18

Crowd Logistics

Mon, 23 May 2016 11:27:49 GMT

Crowd Logistics

Macharis, C., Verlinde, S. & Buldeo Rai, H.


Project: Applied


Crowd logistics uses private individuals’ or semi-professionals’ spare carrying capacity on cars, bikes, buses and planes to carry out deliveries for other people. Coordination between senders and the crowd is usually supported by a technical infrastructure or platform. In 2016, the Flemish Institute for Logistics (Vlaams Insituut voor Logistiek - VIL) initiated a project to demonstrate the opportunities for crowd logistics through real-life testing of promising business models and an analysis of their economic, societal and environmental impact (
MOBI’s first role in the project is to identify existing knowledge on crowd logistics and implemented or promising business models. Secondly, we explore stakeholder support for these business models among the companies that are partner in this project through a Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA) workshop. Finally, we are responsible for the impact analysis of the two crowd logistics concepts that will be tested as part of the project.
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/10/17

A Decision Support System for Synchromodal transport

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:48:27 GMT


Synchromodal transport is a new concept in the world of transport. Unlike purely multimodal transport, synchromodal goes a step further by including real-time re-routing of loading units over the network to cope with disturbances and operational or customer requirements. As a result of this, users can at any time, depending on the current circumstances, choose the most suitable logistics chain which fits their needs. However, little has been investigated about this synchromodal potential and its feasibility. Although there is some discussion in the literature, there is no theoretical framework to form a basis for a model development. The aim of the project is to develop and delineate such a theoretical framework which will be empirically utilized in terms of an innovative dynamic assignment model. This model will assist in the dynamic allocation of freight flows within a synchromodal context by using a re-optimization algorithm. The model will assign the freight movements to the multimodal network according to user preferences (transport time, price, reliability, damage risks…) and transport system capacity. The transport system capacity will make use of an innovative approach that integrates infrastructure capacity (road congestion, rail slots…) with service capacity (vehicle capacity, frequency…). The outcome will express the most appropriate transport service and quality characteristics that are needed to transport a given payload. The new synchromodal framework will be further integrated in an existing decision support system and consequently validated. The final evaluation of the project will be based on the stakeholder criteria and preferences by using the MAMCA (Multi Actor Multi Criteria Analysis). This will lead to identification of policy measures to further stimulate the synchromodal concept and delineate its role for broader implementation. Doctoral (PhD) grant strategic basic research (SB) - Thomas Ambra
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/17

Action Plan for the Future of Mobility in Europe (MOBILITY4EU)

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:08:04 GMT


Global socio-economic and environmental megatrends ask for a paradigm shift in mobility and transport in which multimodal solutions and electrification are key. An action plan for the implementation of innovative transport and mobility in Europe is needed. The MOBILITY4EU project develops such a plan considering all modes of transport and a multitude of societal drivers. It uses a Multi-Actor-Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA) methodology for consulting a broad societal stakeholder community
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/18

FLAMENCO: FLAnders Mobile ENacted Citizen Observatories

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 09:36:57 GMT


The main objective of the 4-year Flamenco project is to create an open cloud-based software platform specifically designed for allowing citizens to create and participate in so-called citizen observatory campaigns. A campaign is defined by stakeholders by specifying what data needs to be collected in order to map and indicate some concern. Subsequently, the campaign is enacted through the stakeholder’s citizen observatory, which also monitors campaign progress in terms of incoming data, and orchestrates activities in case progress is not as expected. Finally, the campaign is analysed by producing the requested output (maps, reports). Despite the fact that campaigns constitute a fairly obvious notion, there currently exists only limited support for them. In this project they are essential in bridging the gap between stakeholder usability, data quality, and the well-known intricacies of engineering reconfigurable software. The platform will be valorised though a use case in soft mobility i.e. a participatory data colection campaign will be launched in cooperation with the stakeholders.
Short titleFLAMENCO
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/19

Location analysis for omnichannel retail & ditribution in Brussels (PRFB Anticipate)

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 13:26:17 GMT


Two simultaneous evolutions are currently reshaping the retail landscape in the region of Brussels: on a global level, e-commerce is increasingly successful, and on the local level, new shopping malls are being built in the periphery. The joint effect of these two simultaneous evolutions on the location choice of retailers has been studied in detail. However, it is well-known that the location strategies of retailers influence the attractiveness of commercial zones for customers and moderate the location and distribution strategies for logistic service providers. Therefore, gaining insight in retail location and mobility patterns will provide insight in the attraction of the Brussels city centre and periphery for retailers, consumers and logistic service providers.
Effective start/end date1/11/1531/10/17

Lithium-ion batteries for traction and stationary applications

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:36:03 GMT


The LBATTS project is aimed at the optimization of energy storage systems through weight reduction through the use of lightweight innovative materials such as advanced "phase change materials" (PCM) on the one hand and optimized thermal management by introducing heat buffering in these materials on the other. This will lead to increased performance and return. These developments benefit a wide target group of Flemish companies that develop, install or use electrical energy storage systems.
Short titleLBATTS
Effective start/end date1/10/1530/09/17

Bilateral cooperation for PhD project: Bench Fee for Joint PhD VUB- HoGent - UAntwerpen, from Bastelaere Karen

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:36:02 GMT


international projects - JOINTPHD
Short titleJoint PhD
Effective start/end date21/09/1531/12/20

Electrification of public transport in cities (ELIPTIC)

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:09:47 GMT


The overall aim of ELIPTIC is to develop new use concepts and business cases to optimise existing electric infrastructure and rolling stock, saving both money and energy. ELIPTIC will advocate electric public transport sector at the political level and help develop political support for the electrification of public transport across Europe. ELIPTIC looks at three thematic pillars: • Safe integration of ebuses into existing electric PT infrastructure through (re)charging ebuses “en route”, upgrading trolleybus networks with battery buses or trolleyhybrids and automatic wiring/de-wiring technology • upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems (flywheel, reversible substations) • Multi-purpose use of electric public transport infrastructure: safe (re)charging of non-public transport vehicles (pedelecs, electric cars/ taxis, utility trucks) With a strong focus on end users, ELIPTIC will analyse 23 use cases within the three thematic pillars. The project will support uptake and exploitation of results by developing guidelines and tools for implementation schemes for upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems. Option generator and decision-making support tools, strategies and policy recommendations will be created to foster Europe-wide take up and rollout of various development schemes. Partners and other cities will benefit from ELIPTIC's stakeholder and user forum approach. ELIPTIC addresses the challenge of “transforming the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles in urban areas” by focusing on increasing the capacity of electric public transport, reducing the need for individual travel in urban areas and by expanding electric intermodal options (e.g. linking e-cars charging to tram infrastructure) for long-distance commuters. The project will strengthen the role of electric public transport, leading to both a significant reduction in fossil fuel consumption and to an improvement in air quality through reduced local emissions.
Short titleELIPTIC
Effective start/end date1/06/1531/05/18

City Logistics in Living Laboratories (CITYLAB)

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:05:34 GMT


Goods, waste and service trips in urban areas impose negative traffic and environmental impacts, and there is a need for cost-effective and sustainable solutions. CITYLAB is a European funded H2020/Civitas project with the objective to develop knowledge and solutions that result in scale-up and rollout of strategies, measures and tools for emission-free city logistics in urban centres by 2030. CITYLAB improves basic knowledge and understanding on areas of freight distribution and service trips in urban areas that have received too little attention to date. The project also tests and implements seven innovative solutions that are promising in terms of impact on traffic, externalities and business profitability and have a high potential for future growth. Finally, CITYLAB also provides a platform for replication and spreading supported solutions. The core of CITYLAB is a set of living laboratories where cities work as contexts for innovation and implementation processes. MOBI leads CITYLAB’s work package on evaluation and is responsible of developing the evaluation framework as well as dedicated CITYLAB dashboards. The dashboards show a graphical presentation of the status and the historical trends of the implementations’ KRI and context. MOBI also contributes to the work package on living lab interaction and transfer by organising a MAMCA workshop in each living lab to assess support for further rollout of the CITYLAB solutions in the other CITYLAB cities.
Short titleCITYLAB
Effective start/end date1/05/1530/04/18

Five Volt Lithium Ion Batteries with Silicon Anodes produced for Next Generation Electric Vehicles (FIVEVB)

Thu, 28 May 2015 10:30:26 GMT


The FiveVB project will develop a new cell technology based on innovative materials such as high capacity anodes, high voltage cathodes and stable, safe and environmentally friendly electrolytes. Since main European industry partners representing the value chain from materials supplier to car manufacturer are involved, this program will support and enable the development of a strong and competitive European battery industry. The multidisciplinary project team will also assure not only early technology integration between materials, cells, batteries and application requirements, but also a subsequent industrialization of the developed technology. With an integrated trans-disciplinary cell development approach we will also realize an early feedback loop from battery and vehicle level to material suppliers and a feed-forward of relevant information to industrial scale cell production. Through an iterative and holistic approach two generations of cell chemistries (anode, cathode, binder and electrolyte) will be evaluated and optimized to improve electrochemical performance of active materials and related new cell technology in terms of energy density, lifetime, safety and costs. Furthermore, we will address early development and validation of test procedures for the reduction of development time from material to cell by e.g. accelerated test procedures. Among other objectives, in particular the lifetime and aging aspects will be addressed in depth in FiveVB, but also input for future European and International standardization will be provided. Thus, one major result of FiveVB is a hard case prismatic cell in PHEV1 format, developed according to automotive requirements and produced on a representative prototype facility.
Short titleFIVEVB
Effective start/end date1/05/1530/04/18

De Logistieke Kaart

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:53:13 GMT

De Logistieke Kaart

Macharis, C., Verlinde, S. & Mommens, K. M.


Project: Applied

Effective start/end date1/01/1531/12/17

Proof of Concept: Modular battery management system for mobile and stationary applications

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:58:45 GMT


Modular battery management system (BMS) is a key issue for the introduction of battery systems in mobile (battery electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles) and stationary applications (smart grid, renewable energy, load leveling, uninterruptible power supply systems. The existing BMS systems are expensive, only suitable for one dedicated application, and lack of flexibility. In this regard, there is a high demand from the Flemish and European companies which are active in the value chain of rechargeable energy storage systems for developing modular solutions. Such modular solution will enable to use the BMS in various applications, whereby the total cost of the battery system can be significantly reduced.
Effective start/end date1/01/1531/12/16

Etude en vue de l'amélioration de la traversée et de la desserte ferroviaire de la Région Bruxelles-Capitale dans un contexte multimodal.

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:11:44 GMT


Toegekend aan Tractebel Engineering (TECHNUM) SA
Startdatum fiche is datum toekenningsbrief.
Effective start/end date23/12/1430/11/15

BROAM: Analysis of the impact of EV and CNG vehicles in terms of environment, energy, mobility, infrastructure and socio-economic aspects.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:55:12 GMT


Het BHG wil een strategie bepalen voor het beleid inzake de promotie van alternatieve brandstoffen en voertuigtechnologieën. Deze studie moet als basis kunnen dienen om een dergelijke strategie op te kunnen stellen en onderbouwde beleidskeuzes te kunnen maken. Het doel van BROAM is om een beter inzicht te krijgen in het potentieel en de beperkingen van de ontwikkeling van elektrische voertuigen en CNG-voertuigen in de specifieke Brusselse stedelijke context. Hij moet een objectief beeld geven van de verschillende aspecten van elektrische en CNG voertuigen, en de compatibiliteit ervan aftoetsen met de huidige situatie, doelstellingen en plannen van het Brussels Gewest. Hierbij moet rekening gehouden worden met de volledige levenscyclus en de verschillende types van deze voertuigen die reëel op de markt bestaan (BEV, Plug-in Hybride Elektrische Voertuigen (PHEV), bi-fuel CNG). De studie moet ook nagaan voor welke toepassingen (vb. personenwagens, zwaar vervoer,...) of nichevloten (vb. deelwagens, dienstvoertuigen,...) deze voertuigen het best ingezet worden en hoe dit evolueert met de ontwikkeling van de technologie tot het jaar 2020. Inhoud van BROAM Fase 0 : State of the art van de voertuigtechnologieën en laad/tankinfrastructuur Fase 1 : Vergelijkende analyse van elektrische en CNG voertuigen - Aspecten milieu en energie Fase 2 : Vergelijkende analyse van elektrische en CNG voertuigen - Aspecten mobiliteit, socio-economisch en infrastructuur Fase 3: Conclusie - Multi-criteria analyse
Effective start/end date1/11/1430/04/15

Rethinking transpor infrastructure investments and mobility management across the Brussels metropolitan area: from critical analyses to cooperative policies - MOBRU.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:53:44 GMT


Mobility is a critical challenge for the Brussels Capital-Region. Even if this issue has been investigated for more than two decades in the region, projects with a supra-regional approach have received less attention. Yet in transportation matters, Brussels cannot be limited into its administrative boundaries. Moreover,mobility issues are linked with other metropolitan topics, such as the financing of the Region, the accessibility and the social cost of the access to the city and the attractiveness of the city both at the local, metropolitan and global level. Based on a multidisciplinary and interuniversity approach, gathering knowledge and know-how of the ULBIGEAT and VUB-MOBI research units, this project has the ambition of tackling the interregional mobility questions and aims at identifying sustainable transport solutions and developing tools for interregional decision making. This way, the project contributes to designing solutions needed to reach the objectives of Brussels-Capital Region' authorities about mobility. It fits also within the approach of the regional plan for sustainable development (PRDD/GPDO). Moreover, it will feed the future Mobility Regional Plan of the Brussels-Capital Region. This Prospective Research for Brussels will be focused on creating two crucial tools for interregional decision making: 1° An integrated transport model based on the MUSTI and FRETURB model of the region, covering both freight and passenger issues. 2° A multi-level multi-criteria analysis model that integrates the points of view of all institutional levels that are involved. These tools will be validated and used to tackle the issues resulting from the three following challenges: Planning inter-regional infrastructures: In the Brussels context, the planning of inter-regional infrastructures raises challenges: diverging goals, economic competition or environmental issues. The analysis will be based on four major projects: interregional tramlines, Ring road enlargement, Regional Express Network (RER/GEN) and bike highways. Mobility management and operation: In addition to public transport organisation, mobility management in the Brussels metropolitan space is a big challenge, in terms of flow regulation and organisation. Indeed, the creation of inter-regional toll schemes or the coordination of public transport schemes, pricing and services raise many novel issues. Logistics and freight transport infrastructures and operations: The last, but certainly not least important issue is the case of freight transport and logistics operations. This is both a European and Brussels metropolitan challenge, since both European and regional flows are rising and since Brussels is included in a very dense logistics space. This project will be based on a four steps methodology: - Identifying the current issues raised by these themes, in the Brussels metropolitan area; - Building an analytical framework based on scientific literature and on other metropolitan areas' practices; - Evaluating the operational propositions by the stakeholders, following the MAMCA methodology; - Establishing operational propositions for a better organisation of Brussels metropolitan space. Finally, these analyses will be integrated in a synthetic and operational document, explaining the main challenges for Brussels metropolitan space and the links between elements. Next to that, an evaluation framework will be available to analyse all future projects within the metropolitan area. Indeed, these are the strengths of the study: - offering both detailed analyses of the main issues, and a comprehensive approach of metropolitan mobility; - proposing a multidisciplinary/interuniversity approach, based on the expertise of the two research units; - coming to breakthroughs on the scientific level and on the mobility issues that Brussels is encountering; - the research topics are innovative in the way they cover: public and private stakeholders; infrastructures and operations; planning and management; passengers and logistics; the three Belgian Regions.
Effective start/end date1/11/1431/12/16

Vlaams Onderzoeksproject Stedelijke Logistiek en Mobiliteit

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:51:44 GMT

IWT687: Vlaams Onderzoeksproject Stedelijke Logistiek en Mobiliteit

Buldeo Rai, H., Van Lier, T., Marion, G., Messagie, M., Macharis, C. & Vanhaverbeke, L.


Project: FundamentalEconomics and applied economics, VUB: Economics


In this project, the five Flemish Universities, together with VIM and VIL, further develop their expertise regarding urban mobility and logistics. Goal of this research is to connect logistics chains, space, economy, environment and mobility in an urban context. This integrated approach is innovative in scientific literature. In addition, such an approach leads to more sustainable and smarter urban distribution and increases the livability of cities. The role of MOBI in this project focuses on two subprojects. In project 2.3.4 Market analyses of electric mobility, prognoses regarding market potential of electric mobility in an urban context are refined and the effect of stimulating measures is determined by studying the purchase behavior of electric vehicles and a user study. In addition, a location analysis for the required infrastructure is developed. In project 4.1.1. Development of sustainability evaluation framework, a practical and scientifically solid sustainability evaluation framework is developed to assess the impact of new mobility and logistics concepts on urban livability. Three work packages are defined under 4.1.1: a) Policy based on data (sustainability indicators and index) b) External cost calculator for urban context and c) Integrated evaluation framework. This will result in a selection of sustainability indicators and a hierarchical index for monitoring, benchmarking and evaluating urban mobility and logistics, in an external cost calculator for identifying and monetazing external effects related to mobility and logistics in an urban context and in an integrated evaluation framework for assessing the impact of new concepts/measures for urban mobility and logistics.
Effective start/end date1/07/1430/06/16

Boundless logistics: impact analysis of test case AB Inbev - Celis

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:55:51 GMT

PROGE43: Boundless logistics: impact analysis of test case AB Inbev - Celis

Macharis, C., Mommens, K. M. & Van Lier, T.


Project: FundamentalEconomics and applied economics, VUB: Economics


The transport of palletized goods via the inland waterways is an emerging market in Belgium, and especially in Flanders. As research and different pilots proved the interest for a modal shift of palletized drinks and building materials. Both sectors were addressed, and currently different A to B flows of those sectors are transported by barge. Investments into new types of barges and in required infrastructure enhance the potential of the concept. This potential rises even more when different flows can be combined. This research presents the case of an innovative cooperation between AB Inbev and André Celis NV. They combine the transport of palletized building materials and palletized drinks on the axis Leuven-Liège. In order to evaluate this cooperation, the transport-related external costs are calculated and presented in this paper. This calculation illustrate,despite the constraints in terms of transport length,hat a saving of 36,6 percent in external costs can be obtained thanks to this cooperation. As such, this cooperation can be an example, which could lead to others, and by consequence enhance the sustainability of the transport of palletized goods.
Effective start/end date1/06/1431/12/14

Soc Maakindustrie - Virtueel departement "Power Electronics and Energy Storage"

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:49:21 GMT


Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. In it, Flanders’ DRIVE, Flanders’ Mechatronics Technology Centre (FMTC) and laboratories of the 5 Flemish universities join forces to set up a top-level research network in Flanders. Flanders Make focuses on product and process innovation in close cooperation with companies from the Flemish manufacturing industry. Technological research and innovation in the field of mechatronics, product development methods and production technologies, all driven by the challenges and needs of the industry, provide the basis for this.This will, as a first step, result in actual applications for machines, vehicles, vehicle components and high-tech production systems for the participating companies. Within Flanders Make, ETEC/VUB Leads the department of Power Electronics and Energy storage and is involved in the Clean Energy-efficient Motion Research Priority.
Effective start/end date1/06/1431/12/16

Indicators for energy-efficiency of transport

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:49:06 GMT

VLV176: Indicators for energy-efficiency of transport

Van Mierlo, J. & Messagie, M.


Project: FundamentalElectronics


In dit project wordt een overzicht gegeven van de energie-efficiëntie van enerzijds verschillende voertuigtechnologieën (waaronder conventionele als alternatieve aandrijvingen) en anderzijds verschillende voertuigmodi (waaronder trein, tram, personenwagen, bus, vliegtuig, ...).
Effective start/end date16/05/1415/09/14

Study: Competitor analysis: inland container terminals in Grimbergen and Brussels

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:48:06 GMT

VLL77: Study: Competitor analysis: inland container terminals in Grimbergen and Brussels

Macharis, C. & Meers, D.


Project: FundamentalEconomics and applied economics, VUB: Economics


In this study, it is examined to which extent the container terminal in Grimbergen experiences additional competition from the container terminal in Brussels following a regional subsidy. The study analyzes the spatial impact on the market area of the container terminal in Grimbergen. Different solutions are proposed to neutralize the effect of subsidies which the terminal in Brussels receives and to restore the situation prior to the endowment.
Effective start/end date24/04/1431/12/14

BATTLE: Battery Modelling of Lithium Chemistries Based on an Eclectic Approach

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:37:56 GMT


In the framework of this project, dedicated electrical, thermal, electrochemical and mechanical battery models will be developed. Combinations of these dedicated models will be used to address a diverse set of phenomena occurring on an electrode/electrolyte level and on a cell level. Key issues observable over a short time scale, such as electrical and thermal responses, and over a long time scale such as ageing phenomena and cycle life deterioration in the battery will be examined and modelled. Furthermore, the statistical variation of the battery parameters over many cells of the same cell type will be examined. This will be of high importance for battery management systems which handle multiple cells on a module level. Besides the innovative approaches for the development of the electrical, thermal, electrochemical and mechanical fatigue, the main achievement of the BATTLE project lies in the development of the interdisciplinary battery modelling unit that can be used for different purposes. Such an interdisciplinary model is unique and has not been accomplished before. Furthermore, this model will be able to address the heating phenomena in the battery cells and packs, which is one of the critical considerations in the development of a battery system in a vehicle. Also unique is the fact that the numerical electrochemical models will incorporate the influence of the heat present from electrochemical and mass transfer reactions, and will predict the heat generated by the reactions themselves in one and the same model. Aimed key advancements and breakthroughs through the resulting interdisciplinary battery model are: - An accurate prediction of the battery dynamics under all environmental conditions, such as temperature, state of charge, life cycle, etc. - Increase of the actual available battery capacity by 20% through this interdisciplinary model approach. - Forecasting the residual battery lifetime by using advanced state-of-health estimation techniques. - Fundamental understanding of factors leading to ageing phenomena in the battery, such as current, depth of discharge, temperature, fast charging, temperature distribution and calendar life. Up to our knowledge such a complete analysis has never been carried out on Li-ion batteries. ? Understanding the heat distribution in a battery module or a battery pack by using advanced 2D and 3D simulation thermal models. Solutions based on these new insights should allow increasing the battery lifetime by up to 20-30%. - Determine the statistical spread of the battery parameters over multiple cells, which will enhance the confidence of the models for battery management systems. Such an approach has never been accomplished. - Development of system identification techniques to model nonlinear battery behaviours. This approach will be unique to battery modelling and should accelerate the model development and its accuracy. - Development and optimisation of new adequate test procedures. These new test procedures for Li-ion batteries should accelerate the development of dedicated battery models by 50% and decrease the test time by 40%. - Development of accurate estimation techniques for SoC and SoH based on novel optimal state estimation methods. - Predicting improved compositions and geometries for batteries through the advanced numerical electrochemical models, aiming to reduce the development costs for new batteries by 25%. - Validation of battery models based on test benches.
Effective start/end date1/01/1431/12/17

Night-time distribution for the Wallonia region

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:40:32 GMT

PROGE38: Night-time distribution for the Wallonia region

Macharis, C., Milan, L. & Verlinde, S.


Project: FundamentalEconomics and applied economics, VUB: Economics


This project aims to evaluate the impact of night time deliveries in the Wallonia region. Because Colruyt and Delhaize believ night deliveries could be a win-win solution and in viex of possible road pricing schemes in the future, they would like to investigate possibilities for night-time deliveries. There are however some stumbling blocks resulting from the fact that loading operations produce noise which can be irritating for neighbourhood. The SPW public authorities would like to see evidence of the effects of this shift in operations.
Effective start/end date23/12/1322/12/14

Financing: IOF-Proof of Concept: MAMCA software

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:40:00 GMT

IOFPOC11: Financing: IOF-Proof of Concept: MAMCA software

Macharis, C. & Van Raemdonck, K.


Project: FundamentalEconomics and applied economics, VUB: Economics


In this project we will develop an interactive web application to aid groups in decision-making based on the Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA) method. Several stakeholders' opinions are explicitly taken into account during the entire analytical decision process in a structured way. So far an integrated approach of the Multi-Criteria Decision Aid software Expert Choice (AHP) and D-Sight was employed, but it appeared necessary to focus research on the development of a web platform software adapted to the MAMCA, leading to a better visualization of the multi-actor view.
Effective start/end date1/11/1331/10/15

Global Opportunities for SMEs in Electro-Mobility

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:39:12 GMT


The GO4SEM project will detect and analyze the specific technology and product needs in emerging e-mobility supply chains in third countries. It will use this analysis to assess and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of global e-mobility supply chains and define possible opportunities for European SME's for a competitive entry in those supply chains, whereby a special focus on ICT will be taken. As such it will indicate R&D priorities for the European SMEs and other stakeholders in order to improve or develop the adequate technologies for these opportunities. As a consequence, the GO4SEM project will give input through the core group members and the associated partners assisting the European Commission in setting up ICT focused research agendas for Horizon 2020 and the future European Green Cars Initiative PPP, especially with respect to dedicated initiatives targeted SMEs. In addition, since the complete e-mobility supply chain is considered, it can be expected that in these recommendations will stimulate discussions and agendas in other areas.
Short titleGO4SEM
Effective start/end date1/11/1331/10/14

SYRNEMO - Synchronous Reluctance Motors for Electric Vehicles

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:38:11 GMT


SyrNemo is an innovative synchronous reluctance machine (SYRM) with higher power density and higher driving cycle efficiency at lower cost than state of the art permanent magnet (PM) synchronous machines. • The mass and volume specific power densities are increased by approximately 5%. This is achieved through an innovative magnetic reluctance rotor design with optionalferrites. Bar windings are used to reduce the required winding space. An integrated liquid cooling circuit is used to cool both the power electronics and the motor to further reduce total mass and volume. • The dependency on rare earth PMs is eliminated by using either no permanent magnets or optional ferrites. The proposed rotor design allows for use of future magnet materials with high energy density once they are available on the market. • The proposed SYRM is easy to manufacture, dismantle, and recycle. This way manufacturing cost can be reduced by 20% and more compared to PM synchronous machines (PMSMs). • Eco-design throughout the project’s duration will ensure minimum environmental and social impact and hidden cost. • Due to the simple rotor design the machine is very robust. • The insulation system will be designed for a total lifetime of 10 years and 10,000 operating hours to reduce cost • The proposed SYRM has a high efficiency over a wide range of speed and torque. Therefore, the overall driving cycle efficiency of SYRM can be improved by 5–15%compared to PMSMs. • The control of the drive will be implemented to achieve the maximum possible efficiency in each operating point incorporating the stator winding temperature. The successful industrialization of a synchronous reluctance machine has recently been demonstrated for industrial applications. The proposed synchronous reluctance machine is thus the most promising candidate for being the next generation electric motor of full electric vehicles.
Short titleSyrnemo
Effective start/end date1/10/1330/09/16

BATTERIES2020: Towards Realistic European Competitive Automotive batteries.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:35:40 GMT


A lifetime of 4000 cycles at 80 % DOD and an energy density of 250 Wh/kg is a target for automotive batteries. The Batteries2020 project takes several steps to increase lifetime and energy density of large format lithium ion batteries towards these goals. Our approach is based on three parallel strategies: 1) highly focused materials development; 2) understanding ageing and degradation phenomena; and, 3) routes to reduce battery cost. We will improve cathode materials based on nickel/manganese/cobalt (NMC) oxides. Such materials have a high chance to be up-scaled and commercialized near-term. Only then, cell development efforts can be translated from pilot to mass production, a prerequisite for qualification in the automotive industry. We will start with state of the art cells and will develop two improved generations of NMC materials and cells towards high performance, high stability and cycleability. A deep understanding of ageing phenomena and degradation mechanisms can help to identify critical parameters that affect lifetime battery performance. This identification helps effectively improving materials, system and the development of materials selection criteria. However, ageing and degradation mechanisms have multiple reasons and are complex. We propose a realistic approach with a combined and well organised Consortium effort towards the development of robust testing methodology which will be improved in several steps. Combined accelerated, real tests, real field data, post-mortem, modelling and validation will provide a thorough understanding of ageing and degradation processes. Battery cost is a major barrier to EV market. Second life uses can reduce battery costs. We will analyse the potentiality of reusing and recycling batteries for providing economic viable project outputs.
Effective start/end date1/09/1331/08/16

GO4SEM : Global Opportunities for SMEs in Electro-Mobility.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:37:14 GMT

EU442: GO4SEM : Global Opportunities for SMEs in Electro-Mobility.

Coosemans, T., Vanhaverbeke, L., Lebeau, K., Van Mierlo, J. & Alonso Gomez, A.


Project: AppliedElectronics, Information and communication technology, Mechanics, Economics and applied economics, VUB: Economics


Europe has successfully extended its competencies in key enabling technologies for electric mobility in recent years and new supply chains are developed worldwide. Many potential target markets are located outside Europe, e.g. in highly innovative regions such as United States, Japan, and South Korea, and China or in the emerging countries like India. While major European vehicle manufacturers and Tier-1 suppliers have quickly adopted this trend by establishing global alliances, most small and medium size companies have remained hesitant to reach out for global opportunities so far. The reason for this is a lack of reliable information about market opportunities, -requirements, - access and absence of appropriate networks. Lingual and cultural differences are often seen as additional hurdles. Moreover, small and medium size companies are still focusing on costumer relations in their domestic markets. They hardly think and plan on a longer timescale, and avoid acting on abroad markets. In light of this situation, the GO4SEM project aims at spreading awareness of global market trends and opportunities, triggering the creation of dedicated professional networks and giving policy advice e.g. on standardization or education. This requires a thorough analysis of the electric mobility supply chains in the United States, Japan, South Korea, China and India, and on matching with the competencies of small and medium size companies and regional cluster thereof in Europe. Eventually, the project will lead single European companies to consider an adaption of their dedicated technology to the requirements of electric mobility markets abroad, and to seizing the related economic opportunities. In a broader sense, the project will strengthen the global competitiveness of the European industry being active in the domain of electric mobility by linking the relevant stakeholders, preparing them for, and making them aware of, the opportunities and challenges of the worldwide developments.
Short titleGo4SEM
Effective start/end date1/09/1331/10/15

Development of optimisation model for charging infrastructure - Optigrid

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:34:41 GMT

IWT634: Development of optimisation model for charging infrastructure - Optigrid

Macharis, C., Van Mierlo, J. & Vanhaverbeke, L.


Project: FundamentalEconomics and applied economics, VUB: Economics


Development of optimisation model for charging infrastructure
Effective start/end date1/03/1330/06/13

NISTO: New Integrated Smart Mobility Options.

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:39:22 GMT


NISTO is a transnational cooperative project consisting of seven partners (United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Germany) and several sub partners who are supported by the European Commission in the Interreg IVB NWE programme. NISTO has developed an evluation toolkit. The aim of the NISTO toolkit is to provide an easy-to-use set of tools for practitioners to evaluate small-scale mobility projects. The toolkit consists of two online evaluation tools for the assessment of sustainability and stakeholder preferences. In addition to them, guidance documents are provided on the use of these tools, target monitoring and converting data, collected by smartphones or other sensors, into indicators that can be used for the evaluation. The NISTO framework is based on extensive research and consultation with stakeholders. An in-depth review of 18 existing evaluation methodologies and frameworks, 16 case studies of the evaluation of mobility projects, a survey of 214 stakeholders from the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, a detailed analysis of evaluation and monitoring activities in 9 NISTO pilot projects and 15 regional stakeholder workshops contributed to setting up the final framework. In addition, the framework was tested by monitoring and evaluating the five NISTO demonstration projects. The framework offers three evaluation tools, which can be used prior to and after project implementation: the assessment of sustainability by Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA), the assessment of stakeholder preferences by Multi-Actor, Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA) and the assessment of policy success by target monitoring. NISTO toolkit: Website:
Effective start/end date1/03/1331/12/15