Green Energy Park

About us

Green Energy Park is a strategic living lab center, powered by the University of Brussels (VUB), working as a pilot/demonstration/training zone for energy and mobility solutions. The long term goal is to become a CO2 neutral research park (70 companies + datacenter).

GEP’s Smart Village Lab is an open-air open multi-energy innovation lab (‘smart home in a smart neighbourhood’) where solutions can be integrated in a real life environment to test/pilot/demonstrate. Elements of the lab:

Smart home lab (6 units)

  • with typical and new home appliances (heatpump, PV, home storage, heat storage vessel)

  • each 10kWp solar

  • 1 of them with private parking lot and EV charger

Neighbourhood lab with collective systems

  • Dedicated DSO cabin 1MW-15KV/400V, with innovative elements for digitalisation and Smart Distribution grids

  • 2 battery systems (300/370kWh – 150kW); space and integration points for extra storage systems

  • Control center with IT systems, safety systems, metering, work spaces

  • Parking lot for 16 cars with different EV charging equipment (incl V2G)

  • PV generation (22kWp, to grow to 100kWp in short time)

  • Microgrid infrastructure

We are looking for:

An EMS platform to manage hybrid storage solutions

About the Storage Challenge

Challenge 1: EMS platform to manage hybrid storage solution

  • Master EMS platform; open to support also customer defined control algorithms

  • Up to 4 neighbourhood storage systems and 6 home storage systems

  • Smart homes, smart EV charging

  • Balancing between electrical grid and thermal grid

Challenge 2: General testbed facility

  • To host new equipment/services/algorithms to test integration within a living lab

  • Lab environment with most services already available to ‘easily plug-in’ innovative solutions, services for electrotechnical works, metering systems, IT platforms

  • Control center with data monitoring and analysis systems

  • Access to all DSO metering in this distribution area

  • Possibility to create a voltage distortion on the distribution grid

  • AC and DC

  • Possibility to test a hybrid battery solutions, ex: existing lithium-ion battery + supercab/lithiumcab

  • Possibility to test power booster, ex: 150kW input, 350kW output for supercharger

Usable Capacity: n/a

Power, discharging cont.: 150 kW

Power, charging, cont.: n/a

Voltage level: 400V AC to 1000 V DC

Temperature range: -10 °C - 30 °C

site: n/a

headword / technology: EMS platform; hybrid battery; power booster