ENSEMBLE: ENabling SafE Multi-Brand pLatooning for Europe.

Wed, 09 May 2018 15:58:14 GMT


The main goal of the ENSEMBLE project is to pave the way for the adoption of multi-brand truck platooning in Europe to improve fuel economy, traffic safety and throughput. This will be demonstrated by driving six differently branded trucks in one (or more) platoon(s) under real world traffic conditions across national borders.

Following objectives are defined:
-Achieve safe platooning for trucks of different brands. Relevant authorities will be approached to jointly define road approval requirements including V2I communication.
-Work towards the standardization of different aspects of platooning: manoeuvres for forming and dissolving of platoons, operational conditions, communication protocols, message sets, and safety mechanisms. Platooning Levels will be defined to guide the design of different platooning functionalities and strategies, reflecting the full diversity of trucks with platooning functionality. Stakeholder groups will be set up to ensure that the pre-standards are taken up by the respective organisations and working groups to form the actual standards. If necessary a multi-brand platooning working group will be initiated.
-Real-life platooning: The intended practical tests on test tracks and in real life serve a three-fold purpose: 1) “learning by doing” testing across a C-ITS corridor in Europe, 2) assess the impact on traffic, infrastructure and logistics, while gathering relevant data of critical scenarios and 3) promote multi-brand platooning through a final event.

ENSEMBLE brings the key actors for deployment together: six major truck OEMs will form the core of the project consortium, supported by CLEPA that will act as an umbrella organisation to involve all relevant suppliers. In addition, a limited number of expert organizations will be involved to cover specific topics such as safety assessment, traffic impact, and platoon control system design.
Effective start/end date1/06/1831/05/21

High performant Wide Band Gap Power Electronics for Reliable, energy efficient drivetrains and Optimization thRough Multi-physics simulation.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:40:07 GMT


The project objective of the project HiPERFORM is based on the investigation of industrial applicability of high-performance semiconductors with wide-band gap materials in the field of Smart Mobility. For this purpose, a holistic approach is selected that includes the entire supply chain - from the manufacturer of semiconductors as well as power modules through suppliers of development methods and tools to the system manufacturer and ultimately the vehicle manufacturer. The integration of academic partners with a high level of competence in these domains completes this approach. On the other hand, specific requirements for power electronics are addressed in specific application areas, which include both power inverters in the vehicle, electrical charging modules inside and outside the vehicle, as well as the associated development and test systems.
The high performance spectrum of wide-band gap semiconductors and the resulting potential for improvement and savings within the concrete applications of the electrified power train contribute to a substantial saving of CO2 in transport and thus support the achievement of the set climate targets in Europe. The jointly planned objectives and research activities will further strengthen European research and industry partners in the field of electronic components and systems.
Besides Semiconductor manufacturing capabilities, the project requires also high capabilities in Cyber Physical Systems and Design Technologies and supports the domain Smart Mobility and Smart Energy as well.

Short titleHiPERFORM
Effective start/end date1/05/1830/04/21

BRIDGE: MOC-UP: Multidisciplinary Oncology Consultations using Patient-centric Decision Support: Beyond Black-box systems

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:01:29 GMT


Aims to have positive impact on cancer disease management, by targeting one of the principal instruments employed in the decision-making process of current oncological care: the multidisciplinary oncology consultation. The rational underlying our approach is that for the clinical decision support to be relevant in a MOC-setting. It should be multi-factorial, easy-to-use, and understandable.
Effective start/end date1/01/1830/03/21

IOF Proof Of Concept: State of health estimation and prediction of batteries in next generation battery chargers

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:15:42 GMT


Integration of a new state of health output techniques in savings charging systems
Effective start/end date1/01/1831/12/19

O&O Project: Battery-to-Grid

Fri, 18 May 2018 11:17:11 GMT


this project aims to develop and realize market ready products and services for energy storage in microgrids
Effective start/end date1/01/1830/06/18

O&O Project: Vehicle-to-Grid

Fri, 18 May 2018 09:56:56 GMT


This project aims to develop and realize market ready products and services that enable the deployment of commercially viable and safe exploitation of V2G technologies
Effective start/end date1/01/1830/06/18

O&O VLAIO: Co²-neutral Microgrid Researchpark Zellik

Fri, 18 May 2018 09:31:43 GMT


This project endeavors to develop and implement a CO²-neutral, self sufficient microgrid within the context of the Green Energy Campus
Effective start/end date1/01/1830/06/18

SBO Data-Driven Logistics

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:19:33 GMT

FWOSBO20: SBO Data-Driven Logistics

Guns, M.


Project: Applied


The ultimate goal of this project is to acquire fundamental knowledge regarding data-driven optimisation in logistics, to employ this knowledge in the development of a new operational decision support methodology and a next-generation suite of software tools, and to apply these tools in a number of challenging case studies that demonstrate the potential of such a data-driven approach. These machine learning enhanced methods will therefore allow logistics optimization software developers to improve the decisions support software that they provide to the leading logistics firms.
Effective start/end date1/01/1831/12/21

The organization of effective monitoring of pollutant emissions from engines to establish fraudulent practices during the homologation tests.

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:38:12 GMT


The organization of effective monitoring of pollutant emissions from engines to establish fraudulent practices during the homologation tests.
Effective start/end date1/01/1830/04/18

Circular Brussels: User-centric approach for a more sustainable system of reusing and recycling e-waste.

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:29:49 GMT


Circular Economy (CE) is a concept which aims at improving the efficiency with which we use natural resources, shifting from the current linear economic model of production and consumption (take-make-use-dispose) towards an economy where waste is a resource and is minimized through reducing, reusing (in a broad sense) or recycling. This concept has received a growing interest in the past few years, from the European Union but also at national and local level. Our Circular Brussels project aims to understand how open Brussels’ households are towards CE in the field of Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The project consists of three parts:
1. To identify the existing and future options for Brussels' consumers to support a shift towards a circular economy through reusing, repairing and recycling;
2. To assess the potential of these options (1) from the consumer point of view, through a Choice Based Conjoint Analysis (CBC) aiming at finding the preferred options for Brussels’ household when disposing of their used products and purchasing new ones (2) from an environmental point of view, through a Life-Cycle Assessment focused on existing and alternative collection and retail channels (3) from a business perspective, via interviews;
3. To include all stakeholders’ interests in a multi-actor multi-criteria (MAMCA) framework to explore the acceptance of the alternative scenarios.
Circular Brussels is a 4-year Anticipate project funded by Innoviris, the Brussels Institute for the encouragement of Scientific Research and Innovation, and runs from November 2017 until October 2021.
Effective start/end date1/11/1731/10/19

COLHD - Commercial vehicles using Optimised Liquid biofuels and HVO Drivetrains

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:42:59 GMT


A consortium of industrial and academic leading players covering the entire value chain of road transport has joined forces to commonly address the need to prove feasible and environmental-friendly cases of alternative fuels to fossil diesel for road transport, acknowledging the importance of reducing GHG emissions (beyond EURO 6) with affordable developments.
Commercial vehicles using Optimised Liquid biofuels and HVO Drivetrains (COLHD) has the ambition to enable EU purchasers to buy high performance, clean, safe, affordable HDVs, specifically designed to run on alternative renewable fuels, and be able to conveniently run them through EU transport infrastructure. To do so, COLHD follows a 3-tiered approach, working on technology, infrastructure and removal of additional barriers.
COLHD optimizes and further develops 3 DDF powertrains running on biogas (LBM or LBP) and 2nd generation biofuels (HVO), evaluating the several benefits under testing in the LNG Blue Corridors infrastructure. Therefore, COHLD will allow proving oil substitution on the short and medium term, addressing different markets and ranges.
Aiming at finally establish a EU market for AF HDVs, COLHD co-develops cross-wise activities involving all key target audiences: raising awareness of general public, organising workshops with fleet operators and constantly assessing the EC on required policy directives.
Short titleCOLHD
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


IMAGE is a foundation project by which strong innovation resources are used to recover from the industrial production gap. A realistic and well documented roadmap towards the manufacturing of cost-effective and competitive battery cells within Europe will emerge. This will be enforced by establishing a distributed battery cell production base that will be able, after careful up-scaling of production, to supply the now burgeoning electric vehicle industry. From this context, the main goal of IMAGE project is to push the European rechargeable lithium battery cell industry and academia to take over a leading role in the development and manufacturing of Next Generation Lithium Ion cells.
To fulfil this vision and main goal IMAGE has the following major objectives/tasks:
1. Development of generic production techniques for next generation rechargeable lithium battery cells (≥300 Wh/kg) based on high specific energy/capacity Lithium metal anode and high voltage /high capacity/high specific energy cathode. This will include a generic development approach that will be easy to up-scale cost efficiently while remaining flexible and safer to replace in case of any contingencies and market/ manufacturer configuration changes.
2. Identify energy and resource efficient cell manufacturing technologies and assets tailored to the existent European industrial infrastructure. This will include the identification of bottleneck factors and challenges that could be addressed in the present European industrial context.
3. Development of a progressive, multiple-tier technological and production framework that is able to cope with the inherent technological changes and advancements characteristic to this dynamic field. Thus, there will be several technologies covered by IMAGE, each having different technological maturity levels.
4. IMAGE solutions and manufacturing techniques are modular and scalable for both automotive and stationary applications.
5. To actively support the take‐up of European battery industry and exploitation of project results across Europe.
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);* 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

Baekeland mandate: Design and control of a brushless doubly-fed reluctance machine

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:14:08 GMT


The motivation of this project proposal is to exploit the unique properties of a BDFRM, to realize a cost efficient and compact variable speed drive for general industrial applications. We target that this mandate provides the essential fundamental knowledge to lift this promising innovative technology from academics to industrial standard
Effective start/end date1/10/1730/09/21

GHOST: InteGrated and PHysically Optimised Battery System for Plug-in Vehicles Technologies

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:06:55 GMT


The GHOST project addresses the topic GV-06-2017, “Physical integration of hybrid and electric vehicle batteries at pack level aiming at increased energy density and efficiency” of the Green Vehicle (GV) work programme. The work proposed will, in a single coordinated project, address all the aspects of the call. The project activities will also include important contributions on the innovative Dual Battery System (DBS) architecture based on next generation of battery technologies (i.e. lithium sulphur) combined with high power battery and its impact on the reduction of complexity of the electric and electronic (E/E) architecture, improvement of energy density, energy efficiency, safety, scalability, modularity, and cost reduction.
Short titleGHOST
Effective start/end date1/10/1731/03/21

HiFi-ELEMENTS : High Fidelity Electric Modelling and Testing

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:06:12 GMT


Within the automotive product development cycle virtual and heterogeneous testing is becoming increasingly established through component, module and vehicle-level simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop test-beds—enabled by ever increasing computing power and communications bandwidth available.
Though a number of standards in this field have been established (FMI, ASAM XiL API), models are still mostly created in a fragmented manner: using domain-specific tools to create, manage and execute simulations; no standardisation of the content of the functional interfaces (FMI does standardise the format); limited scalability. This fragmentation leads to a lot of redundant effort as models of the same component or system are re-created several times.
HiFi-ELEMENTS will address this fragmentation through two main mechanisms: Firstly, we will develop, validate and publish a recommendation for standardisation of model interfaces for common e-drive components (e-machine, inverter, battery, DC/DC converter, thermal management system), and will implement compliant versions of existing models. Secondly, we will implement a seamless workflow linking extended versions of existing tools—a model/data management tool and a co-simulation tool for MiL and HiL environments—augmented with effort-saving automated methods for model parameterisation and test case generation.
Validation of standardised models and workflow will be done in 4 industrially relevant use cases depicting 4 common scenarios in e-drivetrain and EV development. On project conclusion, the interface recommendations and workflow methods will be disseminated in order to gain widespread EV-industry adoption. Consortium partners are very intensive users of virtual testing and will directly use the project results, while tool vendor partners will exploit the results by bringing extended software tools to market.
Short titleHiFi-ELEMENTS
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


As global warming is becoming a reality and transportation emissions affect public health in a visible way, while conventional fossil-fuelled vehicles face major difficulties in reducing their environmental impact, electric and electrified transportation appears as the only sustainable alternative to preserve the environment and support mobility needs. The switch of a major part of the mobility from conventional transportation to electric is already a major challenge for the automotive industry. However, it also a major market and employment opportunity for all the supply chain. Crucial for the future mass deployment of EVs that guarantee the continued mobility of persons and goods at minimum energy investment and emissions, is to combine vehicles affordability, industrial capacity, real operation performances and durability1. State-of-the-art EVs are not reaching these targets today due to limited technical maturity and constrained investment for decades (except some new actors like TESLA). Thus, leading to conventional electric powertrain design approaches and limited industrial skills and means, including testing and simulation. However, research and development of EVs at industrial scale is required to bring to the market in short period new mass-production compliant vehicles, implementing new components and architectures for higher operation efficiency. Todays’ combined lack of investment and skills with the fast-changing automotive landscape and market opportunities stress the electric vehicle development to deliver faster more efficient vehicle designs considering the components modularity enabling mass production and contributing to higher affordability. The OBELICS project will contribute in addressing these challenges.
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

Roadmap for the rectuction of climate and air emissions of freight transport - Specification AB/2017/03

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:56:48 GMT


In this project, a roadmap for greenhouse gas emission reductions in the freight transport sector in Flanders is envisioned in order to help attaining the climate change targets for Flanders. From a longlist of measures, a selection is analysed deeper by using transport model simulations as well as multi-criteria multi-actor analysis and survey techniques. The aim is to develop a feasible and implementable roadmap with high-potential measures with a planning forecast on 2030.
Short titleMOW Roadmap
Effective start/end date1/09/17 → …

High performant Wide Band Gap Power Electronics for Reliable, energy eFficient drivetrains and Optimization thRough Multi-physics simulation.

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:22:40 GMT


Short titleHiPERFORM
Effective start/end date21/06/1721/09/17

Learning Loops in the Public Realm

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:54:25 GMT


Research in the context of ERA NET COFUND Smart Urban Future-ENSUF.
Problems such as traffic congestion, safety and pollution are difficult to tackle as the mitigation involves multiple urban stakeholders.
The aim of LOOPER is to build a participatory co-creation methodology and platform to demonstrate ‘learning loops’ i.e. new ways of decision-making that bring together citizens, stakeholders and policy-makers to iteratively learn how to address such urban challenges. The methodology addresses the whole co-creation process. Citizens and stakeholders debate on topical issues, then frame the problem and collect data. The Looper platform visualizes the data, and enables the co-design of solutions which are evaluated and the best are put into practice and monitored.
Short titleLOOPER
Effective start/end date15/06/1730/06/20

Onderaanneming: Potentieel van lichte elektrische voertuigen (LEV) in Vlaanderen

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:07:49 GMT


Studie in 4 parts. Part one analyses the current market of light electric vehicles, including specifications and the foreseen regulations. Part 2 quantifies the potential of LEVS for Flanders encompassing energy-efficiency, environmental impact, total-cost-of ownership, mobility. Part 3 reports hurdles the users and the market have to overcome. The study ends with a list of recommendations for the Flemish government to foster te deployment of LEVs
Short titleCPT-LEV
Effective start/end date1/06/1724/09/17

SUPPORT for EU-PROPOSAL H2020: Smart material structures for high-performance safe passive thermal management for industrial application-Suprema

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:56 GMT


SUPPORT for EU-PROPOSAL H2020: Smart material structures for high-performance safe passive thermal management for industrial application-Suprema
Effective start/end date19/02/174/05/17

Clean Power for Transport: Easy Mobility Incentives.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:28:41 GMT

VLOV46: Clean Power for Transport: Easy Mobility Incentives.

Vanhaverbeke, L.


Project: FundamentalEconomics and applied economics, VUB: Economics

Effective start/end date1/02/1731/12/17

ITHACA_infra: Infrastructure for thermal advanced characterization of drivetrain components

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:56:47 GMT


ITHACA_infra: Infrastructure for thermal advanced characterization of drivetrain components
Effective start/end date1/02/1728/02/19

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 Radar - 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.
Short titleFuture Radar
Effective start/end date1/01/1731/12/20

Discovery International Award - University of Melbourne (Australian Research Council - ARC)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:43:36 GMT

Effective start/end date1/01/1731/12/21

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

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:37:17 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 interregionaldecision 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 date1/11/1631/12/18

FWO PostDoc. Mandate Matthias Guns

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:07:02 GMT

FWOTM840: FWO PostDoc. Mandate Matthias Guns

Guns, M.


Project: Fundamental


FWO PostDoc. Mandate Matthias Guns
Effective start/end date1/10/1630/09/18

ORCA - 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

ZAP startkrediet - Mattias Guns

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:58:48 GMT

OZR3051: ZAP startkrediet - Mattias Guns

Guns, M.


Project: Policy Based


ZAP Startkrediet tbv Mattias Guns twv 50.000EUR
Effective start/end date1/10/161/10/20

Construction In Vicinities: Innovative Co-creation

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:08:18 GMT

BRGEOZ300: Construction In Vicinities: Innovative Co-creation

Macharis, C., Van Lier, T. & De Radiguès De Chennevière, P.


Project: FundamentalEconomics and applied economics, VUB: Economics


Construction is required to create more attractive, sustainable and economically viable cities. This includes the expansion of infrastructure, development of new residential areas and renovation of buildings. However, construction related transport causes negative impacts for people that live, work and/or travel in the vicinity of construction sites.

CIVIC (Construction In Vicinities: Innovative Co-creation) facilitates the participation of all stakeholders in the evaluation of alternative transport and logistics measures that minimise disruptions and nuisance and improve energy efficiency. CIVIC will increase understanding among stakeholders on improved transport and will generate smart governance strategies to support implementation of the CIVIC approach.

MOBI will be WP leader for WP1 (Participatory MAMCA) and WP4 (Demonstrations and assessment of progress and results). Contributions will also be made to the other WP’s. MOBI will also lead the Brussels pilot case.
Short titleCIVIC
Effective start/end date1/03/1631/08/18

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

PROFENSTO: Power reduction in oscillating drivetrains by fast energy storage

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 08:26:45 GMT


Power reduction in oscillating drivetrains by fast energy storage
Effective start/end date1/02/1631/01/18

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 date1/01/1631/12/19

Crowd Logistics

Mon, 23 May 2016 11:27:49 GMT


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

ECOSCORE 2016 - 2017

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:21:17 GMT


The aim of this project is to guarantee the quality of the ecoscore methodology and the continuous updates of the ecoscore website. The ecoscore methodology allows one to evaluate the environmental performance of a vehicle by taking into account the most important environmental impact factors caused by the vehicle: global warming (mainly through CO2), air pollution (e.g., particulates and nitrogen oxides, impacting both human health and ecosystems) and noise nuisance. An ecoscore between 0 and 100 will be attributed to every vehicle. The closer to 100, the more environmentally friendly the vehicle is. VUB, in collaboration with VITO, carries out a yearly environmental assessment of the Belgian car fleet based on this methodology.
Short titleEcoscore
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/17

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

MOBILITY4EU - Action Plan for the Future of Mobility in Europe

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
Short titleMOBILITY4EU
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/18

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.
Short titleBOARD
Effective start/end date1/11/1531/10/19

EMtechno: Emerging Technologies in Multiport Systems for Energy Efficient Drivetrains

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:41:45 GMT


EMTechno project aims at improving the total cost of ownership (TCO) of energy-efficient drivetrains by the integration of the following emerging technologies: Electric Variable Transmissions (EVT), Multiport Converters (MPC) and Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor (WBS). In general, the drivetrains (i.e. vehicle propulsion, weaving looms, header of a harvester, shock absorbers…) in Flanders industry consist of a number of subsystems that could be divided into two major groups (or a combination thereof):1. Subsystems with a combination of mechanical (electrical machines, flywheels, load…) and electrical ports (DC-bus, batteries, supercapacitors…);2. Subsystems with only electrical ports (grid, batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells, 12V or 24V for auxiliaries…).In order to enhance the efficiency, cost and compactness of these types of drivetrains, this project will focus on the design, control and integration of the following integrated multiport power-conversion subsystems:1. Electromechanical multiport: Electric Variable Transmissions (EVT);2. Electrical multiport: Advanced Multiport Converters (MPC).In addition, Wide-Bandgap Semiconductor (WBS) based switches (i.e. Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN)) will be designed and integrated in the MPC and in the inverters of the EVT in order to increase their energy efficiency. Finally, on a system level, approaches for optimal energy management and integrated design of drivetrains with such multiport subsystems will be developed and experimentally demonstrated for development cases that are representative for the companies in the user group.
Effective start/end date15/10/1514/10/20

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

EAFO - European Alternative Fuels Observatory

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 14:21:44 GMT


With the European Alternative Fuels Observatory, the European Commission intends to provide one central point of reference for data, information and news about alternative fuels in Europe, The short-term focus is on battery electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles while natural gas and other alternative fuels are be covered in a second stage. The Observatory will support the market development of alternative fuels in the EU and be a key tool for the implementation of Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of recharging and refueling stations. The Observatory will integrate all relevant statistical data concerning vehicles and infrastructure, relevant legislation, support and incentives programmes, periodical analyses and general information like news and publications. It will also feature a comprehensive event calendar.The EAFO will also deal with L-category vehicles (LEVs), such as electric bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, quadricycles and other LEVs.
Short titleEAFO
Effective start/end date18/09/1517/09/17