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EnergyVille, which unites the energy departments of the research institutes KU Leuven, VITO and imec,  announced today the signature of a collaboration agreement with the Beijing DongFeng Locomotive Electrical Factory, a daughter company of CNR, the world’s largest locomotive and rolling stock manufacturer. Via the Asian division of VITO, EnergyVille reached an agreement on developing new energy saving techno­logies for mining trucks.

The Beijing DongFeng Locomotive Electrical Factory (DFLE) has chosen to work with EnergyVille because of its vast experience in electrical energy storage for mobile applications.

EnergyVille will collaborate with DFLE to improve the energy management of their heavy duty mining trucks, which weigh up to 400 tons and are energy-intensive. The new systems will significantly reduce fuel consumption.  If this pilot project is successful, EnergyVille will in a next phase assist DFLE in building a factory for energy storage systems and help integrating energy storage in other applications such as trains and cranes.

Bert Gysen, COO of Energyville: “Our experts are at the forefront in the domain of sustainable energy. We are thrilled with this agreement, through which we can actively contribute to sustainable energy practices in China.“

More information:
Kristine Verheyden
Persverantwoordelijke VITO    
Tel. + 32 14 33 55 53       
GSM. + 32 472 250 262 

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About EnergyVille

EnergyVille (new window) unites the Flemish research institutes KU Leuven, VITO and imec for research on sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. Our researchers deliver expertise to industry and cities on energy efficient buildings and intelligent networks – such as smart grids and advanced heat nets.

EnergyVille strives to become one of the top five European institutes in innovative energy research. For that reason, the centre was embedded in large national and international networks from the start. Energyville gathers research, development, training and innovative industrial activities under one name,  in close collaboration with local, regional and international partners.

In the Thor science park in Genk, EnergyVille wants to be a boost for research, business development and jobs. The research centre is supported by the city of Genk, the Flemish Government, LRM, POM Limburg and the European structural funds.

About VITO

VITO is a leading European independent research and consultancy centre in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. VITO provides innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage, and advises industry and governments on determining their policy for the future. VITO has 750 highly-qualified employees who work on international projects all around the world, from Australia to Canada or India. VITO’s headquarters are located in Mol, Belgium.  The total turnover of VITO amounted to 131 million euros in 2013.

In 2011, VITO established a daughter company  “VITO Asia”, based in Hongkong. VITO Asia took off in the field of air and soil pollution. For example, VITO monitored the air quality during the Olympic games in China. The activities of VITO Asia are expanding into the field of sustainable energy. VITO is actively involved in research projects worldwide.

About CNR (China Northern Railway)

As a leading company in China rolling stock industry and an important member of the rail transportation equipment manufacturing industry around the world, CNR (new window) directly holds 26 subsidiaries established in the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) and three subsidiaries incorporated in Hong Kong, South Africa and the U.S respectively. CNR currently exports its products to over 80 countries and regions in Oceania, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North America.

Vlnr Mr. Fubin Qi, General Manager DFLE - Dirk Fransaer, General Manager VITO - Bert Gysen, COO EnergyVille
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