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RESEARCH

January 20, 20152 years ago

GDF SUEZ and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT sign a solar-powered seawater desalination research contract in Abu Dhabi

At the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, a research contract to study seawater desalination using solar power was signed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, GDF SUEZ and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT in the presence of Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. The contract provides for a study of possible use of 100% solar power to desalinate seawater, a feat that would be a world premiere.

The research contract will be performed by “GDF SUEZ Lab Middle East, India & Africa” the new GDF SUEZ R&D laboratory at Abu Dhabi, supported by Laborelec and in collaboration with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Degrémont.

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September 2, 20143 years ago

Indupol One, Belgian Punch Powertrain solar car, visits the Laborelec Linkebeek site

The solar car participated to the World Solar Challenge in Adelaide (Australia) during last summer. As technical partner, Laborelec contributed to the testing of the performances of the photovoltaic panels before installation on the car and by insuring electrical safety points recognized as crucial in this competition. Adaptations were proposed during design and realization phases, leading to these excellent results.

Indupol One, Belgian Punch Powertrain solar car, visits the Laborelec Linkebeek site

April 8, 20143 years ago

Project KOEMPEL : First-of-a-kind smart grid at an industrial park

A consortium consisting of research universities, governmental bodies and industrial partners has successfully filed a project in the smart grid innovation tender organized by the Dutch government at the end of 2013. The partners will transform business park ‘De Beitel’ in Heerlen into a smart grid. Companies within this business park will be equiped by state of the art ICT-technology which enables them to optimize their electricity consumption taking into account the influences of renewable energy. Consequently, they can reduce investments and operational cost in the local distribution grid. With this hands-on project with a short duration of 2 years, the consortium will make the concept ‘smart grid’ tangible by delivering societal benefits.

Consortium partners Laborelec (lead partner), TU Eindhoven, Centre of Expertise Neber, Hogeschool Zuyd, Enexis and Cofely
Project duration : 2014-2015

December 8, 20133 years ago

FP7 project ELECTRA

Laborelec participates in the FP7 project ELECTRA “European Liaison on Electricity Committed Towards long-term Research Activities for Smart Grids”

Beginning of November, the FP7 project ELECTRA “European Liaison on Electricity Committed Towards long-term Research Activities for Smart Grids” was officially approved by the European Commission. ELECTRA responds to a FP7 call for integrated European research.

The research project will run during 4 years and will preview among other things the control systems needed after 2035, when renewable and decentralized production will cover more than 50% and when a significant electrification of the charges will become a fact.

Laborelec cooperates with more than 20 renowned research institutes under the EERA institution (European Energy Research Alliance) and is one of the two Belgian partners in this research consortium.

The project is supported by 16 national funding agencies (under which the Flemish government department of Economy Science and Innovation) as well as by ENTSOE, EDSO4SG and ETP SG, and some international organizations, responsible for the distribution and exploitation of the results.

(ENTSOE: European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity)
(EDSO4SG: European Distribution System Operators For Smart Grids)
(ETPSG: European Technical Platform Smart Grids)