VITO/EnergyVille carries out research into sustainable energy and smart energy systems for sustainable urban environments. Working together with the EnergyVille research partners, we develop innovative technologies, methodologies and tools related to energy networks, storage systems, buildings and districts. Products and services developed by VITO/EnergyVille help businesses and public stakeholders, from local all the way up to global level, to deliver the transition to a sustainable energy system in urban environments.

The EnergyVille Campus was set up as a living lab, enabling us to test innovative battery systems, showcase the energy networks of the future and more. We do this in close collaboration with the private sector.

VITO/EnergyVille studies the economic, technological and behavioural aspects of the current and future energy system, and provides advice on developments in the short and long term. We monitor the supply and demand of energy, carry out assessments and provide businesses and decision-makers at local, regional and European level with advice in the area of energy efficiency, renewable energy and flexibility.

VITO/EnergyVille is an expert in providing a suitable interface between electricity storage units and their associated systems. The purpose of the hardware and software components involved is to make energy consumption within those systems more efficient, more flexible and more cost effective.

A sustainable future energy system requires thermal networks. In contrast to the centrally controlled heating networks of the past, these networks must now be optimally integrated into the energy system. This means that the aim should be maximum flexibility. These thermal networks should therefore also be combined with storage and conversion technology and intelligent control systems. The fourth generation thermal networks form a critical component of the infrastructure that will be needed to enable the large-scale integration of renewable energy sources.

Cities and communities play a crucial role in efforts to combat climate change, as they account for no less than 75% of our energy use. VITO/EnergyVille supports the European Commission, regional and local government bodies and businesses in the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable urban infrastructure. We do this by developing new technological insights, tools and evaluation methods, and by supporting new business models.

EnergyVille Annual Report 2017