The IOF Framework
UGent SET: the story
The pillars of SET
Our areas of focus
Resarch groups in the cluster
A strong partnership
Greet Van Eetvelde, INEOS & professor UGent, 1st prize 55 Energy contest
Human energy, that is what SET is all about. It brings forth bright minds,
it generates power, it flicks the light and makes us sizzle. It is inspiring,
ingenious, inductive. It is the driving force of new ideas, technologies, processes and products, to be used today and in our common future. Sustainable energy technologies indeed.
Ghent University’s Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) consortium has now been in existence for five
years. After 5 years of quietly cultivating, nurturing and building our future, we have decided to speak up
more loudly and to show you how we take up our responsibility towards the community by transferring,
translating and making available our knowledge, know-how, expertise and infrastructure with the aim
of creating added value. SET has become a unique single point of contact for companies confronted with
multidisciplinary challenges in the domain of energy. Through SET, access is provided to more than 10
research groups from Ghent University!
After 5 years, “speaking up loudly” has been made concrete in three different ways. Firstly, you are looking
at our first brochure elaborating on our main activities, and highlighting some major achievements of
the last 5 years. Secondly, on our SET5Y event on 28/01/2014 we meet with you, our network, and we
provide you with our 5Ys (why’s), our 5 reasons of existence, and explain to you what we are doing, and how
and why we do it. Almost all our researchers are available on this event to discuss with you. Thirdly, in
anticipation of this event we invited our network to provide us with a ‘55Energy’, a story of exactly 55 words
related to energy. What a success this has turned out to be! A selection of the most energetic stories can
be found in this brochure. The complete list can be consulted on the event site www.set5Y.ugent.be.
Finally, we want to express our sincere gratitude. First of towards you, our industrial network. You have
been open to discussing your challenges, and through our joint projects you have provided a pathway for
our knowledge to be commercialised. We sincerely hope to be able to keep meeting each other in the
coming years to continue building a strong local industrial web. Secondly, we would like to thank the
IOF for funding this kind of activities and also Ghent University for all the support SET has experienced
over the last 5 years. Here, we would like to mention explicitly the (vice-)chancellors, the deans of the
Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, the director of research affairs and last but not least the team of
UGent’s TechTransfer. Finally, our thanks go to all the researchers and responsible professors, for many
of whom valorisation has been a valuable learning process. We are so glad we have been able to walk the
pathway towards valorisation with each of you and we sincerely hope to continue to do so in the future!
In this respect I would like to express a special thanks to the current and past members of the steering
committee of SET for their insights and reflection over the years.
Looking forward to 5 more energetic years.
28 January 2014
Jeroen De Maeyer, Business Development Manager SET
Welke energie is duurzaam?
Welke energie is duurzaam?
Annick Dhont, OCAS, 2nd prize 55Energy contest
Weten welke energie duurzaam is? Wel, het is die energie waarvan wij mensen gaan stralen. Fietsen met de zon op je gezicht, de wind in de haren. Met
de kinderen op een zonnig strand de vlieger laten spelen in de wind. Duurzame energie: daar wordt de hele aardbol beter van, nu en in de toekomst.
The IOF Framework
The IOF Framework
In 2005, the Flemish government in Belgium created its Industrial Research Fund (IOF). This new university-oriented instrument aims at accelerating regional innovation by closing the gap between research
and industry. Today, a budget of about €20M is annually distributed among the 5 Flemish universities.
Using these funds, Ghent University has devised a unique strategy to strengthen its existing Technology
Business Development Clusters
UGent splits the annual funding into two parts, with one part earmarked for proof-of-concept funding and
the other to finance Business Development Clusters (BDC) that complement its present central Technology Transfer Office (TTO). Ghent University’s Sustainable Energy Technologies, i.e. UGent SET, is one of
the 20 currently established BDCs illustrated in the figure below.
Each BDC is coordinated by a Business Development Manager (BDM). BDMs are technology transfer
professionals with the relevant technical background but also with a business orientation, i.e. they have
“their heart in industry, but their head in the university.”
A key decision of the university was to organise these BDCs in the close proximity of the researchers
involved and with a thematic focus. The BDCs consist of research groups with complementary expertise
that offer a multi-disciplinary approach within a specific theme. The BDM has a double interface function
with respect to the researchers in their cluster: on the one hand they are in close contact with the (major) industrial players, providing industrial real-life challenges to the researchers and a market for their
research results. On the other hand, BDMs have regular contacts with the central Technology Transfer
Office, and in this way create a bridge between the scientific community and the TTO.
Technology Transfer Office
The Technology Transfer Office provides expert functional support in legal, IP, and business development
matters. The BDMs focus on creating valorisation opportunities, be it licensing, collaboration projects, or
spin-off creation, using the research results of their BDC. The BDMs are assisted by the experts of the
central TTO during the different steps of the tech transfer process and can apply for financial support for
proof-of-concept funding from the IOF budget.
This organisational set-up allows for a differentiation in procedures, focus, … between the different BDCs.
In this way opportunities can be created for individual technology transfer projects and research tuned
to the companies linked to the cluster. It facilitates the interaction between university and industry and
maximises technology transfer.
UGent SET: the story
UGent SET: the story
SET officially started on 01/12/2008 with the appointment of the first Business Development Manager
(Jeroen De Maeyer). However, we are only able to tell the story of SET today thanks to the enthusiastic
impulses of prof. Greet Van Eetvelde and prof. Lieven Vandevelde earlier in 2008. They took the initiative
of writing the application for setting up the SET cluster. It was due to their insights and efforts that SET
was able to take off. Over the past 5 years the cluster has obviously evolved and even changed drastically.
This booklet is a way of celebrating this, and on the occasion of our 5-year anniversary our logo has been
subtly changed into:
The pillars of SET
Over the past five years we have established a balanced project funding portfolio. Fundamental research
projects initiated at the university are complemented with applied research projects triggered by our industrial partners. Often co-funding is provided by industry. Hence we can ensure sustainable fundamental
research and long-term industrial collaboration. On average, about 6 PhDs per year (9 in 2013) are being
realised within SET. A complete list of PhDs can be found on our website. Our current budget of industrially relevant projects (bilateral projects, IWT funded projects, industrial EU projects … ) amounts to about
We have been able to increase our patent portfolio from 2 to 14 patents. These 14 patents are in different
phases of the patent procedure (internal evaluation, priority filing, granted patent). Three of these patents
are co-owned by an industrial partner. In the last 5 years 2 additional patents were transferred to industry.
Today we identify about 3 new inventions per year. Most of them actually make it to the patent application
phase and finally to the status of granted patent. These patents are available for licensing or technology
More information: www.set.ugent.be/en_Offers.html
Since the start of SET 3 successful spin-offs have originated from the work of the involved research
Alenco was our first spin-off, established in 2009. Alenco developed a combined heat & power system for households and SMEs. The starting point of
this spin-off was a patent filed within the research group of the Electrical Energy Laboratory. Alenco is based in Lokeren and was acquired by The Heating
Company in 2012.
Mind4Energy was established in 2011 and is located in Ghent. It uses software developed within SET to monitor solar power plants. This allows them
to benchmark the operation of several solar power plants and to improve the
energy yield of existing plants.
Argus Technologies is located in the Greenbridge science park in Ostend. The team behind Argus Technologies originally developed the software used by Mind4Energy. Now Argus
Technologies is exploring new markets for this software.
More information: www.set.ugent.be
A multidisciplinary approach
Due to an increased focus on application-oriented research activities we were able to bring together several research groups with different expertise, know-how and skills. Several projects were set up in which
more than one research group from SET participated. Key examples are the IWT R&D project FlanSea (4
SET groups involved), the IWT SBO project ORCNext (4 SET groups involved), the IWT SBO project OptiWind
(2 SET groups involved), EU FP7 INCREASE, … Hence, we are now able to tackle your application-specific
challenges using a multidisciplinary approach, which we call “horizontal research valorisation”.
Focus on 4 areas
We have understood the need to focus and make choices. This has led to SET focussing its activities
on 4 areas:
Wind energy, including small, medium, onshore and offshore wind energy.
Blue energy, i.e. wave and tidal energy.
Waste heat recovery. After all measures have been taken to internally optimise a process, heat can
still be available, which is most of the time a waste to the environment. We work on technologies
to transform this heat into electricity or process heat.
Energy efficiency: we mainly look at the efficiency of individual components (such as electrical
machines and drive trains, heat exchangers, internal combustion engines, … ) in ‘small’ systems
(buildings, industry, decentralised energy systems, microgrids, … )
In addition we have decided to focus on the “T” in SET, complementing other IOF clusters (see IOF Framework) and the other energy-related activities within Ghent University (see section energy.ugent.be). Equally important is that we understand that we are only one (key) piece in the energy research puzzle in Flanders. Hence, we reach out to other research institutes in Flanders for collaboration. We consider it of the
utmost importance to understand our complementarity. In this way we can direct an industrial partner
to where he will be helped best in his challenge, whether this is in or outside SET or even outside Ghent
Our areas of focus
Our areas of focus
Wind energy - “The answer, my friend, is
blowing in the wind” (Roussos)
Introduction - GOwind!
Wind energy is becoming a major player in the energy mix, covering over 7% of
Europe’s energy needs in 2012. Europe is clearly in the lead with an installed base
of 106GW in 2012. The sector has grown to an estimated 250,000 people working in
it. Trends are to go to even larger wind turbines offshore and to look at the potential of small and medium size turbines in urban and rural areas or in hybrid (with
diesel engines) generation set-ups.
In April 2011 we set up the multidisciplinary initiative GOwind! (Ghent Ostend Wind Research Institute).
This initiative groups all research and demonstration activities of more than 11 Ghent University departments and research groups. Both small, medium, large and on and offshore wind turbine technology is
the topic of our research. Some examples of our activities are:
Offshore mono-pile constructions: design and analysis of scour protection, wave run-up around
Blades: Finite element modelling, mode prediction, fatigue analysis.
Drive trains: energy efficiency of electrical generators, power electronics
Grid coupling: analysis of DC, AC vs. HVDC grid connection strategies,
ancillary services and power quality.
Condition monitoring of drive trains and wind turbine blades
Noise propagation during the installation and operation of wind turbines
Small wind turbines
GOwind! provides a single point of contact for industry with respect to the activities at Ghent University.
Where possible we align our activities with the Flemish OWI lab initiative.
More information: www.gowind.ugent.be
IWT-SBO-project OptiWind (2012-2016)
OptiWind is an IWT SBO project. SBO projects are research projects of high
scientific value but with industrial opportunities in the (near) future (5 to 10
years). Industry representatives (e.g. Belwind, CG, Nexans, DEME, …) are involved through an Industrial Advisory Board. In OptiWind we are looking at
large offshore wind turbines (i.e. towards 20MW) together with the OWI lab
partners. Within OptiWind SET is responsible for two work packages: one on
blades and one on grid connections.
With respect to the blades we are looking at segmented blades. In order to be able to assess such segmented blades, we have started with methodologies to generate a finite-element (FE) mesh. We have
developed such a custom meshing tool. It is able to create a clean mesh, including specific details of the
turbine blade, starting from 2D air foil sections or a 3D CAD design.
The created mesh allows us to simulate the important modes of a blade when submitted to certification
tests. A validation by a blade manufacturer revealed that we are able, as required, to predict the behaviour
of each of the modes within 5% accuracy. The latter is especially challenging for the torsional modes as in
this mode the influence of the adhesives (typically difficult to model) is the highest.
With respect to the grids we are currently looking at the possibility for offshore wind farms to provide
ancillary services (frequency control, voltage control, power quality and black start, …). The most recent
blackout in Europe (Italy, Switzerland) was in 2013, as shown in the figure below. The challenge is to restore grid power given the absence of electricity on the grid (a so-called black start). We are studying how
offshore wind turbine farms using the free power of wind can assist in this.
Design of generators
Upon request of a major steel manufacturer we looked into the impact of two different magnetic steel
grades on the performance of a wind turbine. For each of the materials we designed a turbine generator
for a 1MW turbine using state-of-the-art techniques. From this study we have learned that for the same
mass the more expensive magnetic material causes a 1% increase in efficiency. This allows us to further
evaluate the balance between CAPEX en energy yield.
Small wind turbine research
We provide services to many small wind turbine manufacturers. In the EU framework we have a running
FP7 R4SME project (WINDUR, 2013-2015) focussing on increasing the performance of vertical axis wind
turbines integrated in buildings. Several European SMEs (such as Mastergas, FuturEnergy, DVE Tech,
Solute) are involved in this project. Our role relates to the control of these turbines (maximum power point
tracking), i.e. how to extract the maximum amount of energy in turbulent wind conditions, without pitch
control and in the absence of wind speed measurements.
A key element in this research is our Small Wind Turbine Field Lab (SWTFieldLab) located in the Greenbridge Science Park in Ostend. This open test&R&D infrastructure is used to look at the impact of the
generator current waveforms, noise propagation, blade monitoring and microgrid operation.
More information: www.swtfieldlab.ugent.be
Blue energy - “Surfing the waves”
Wave energy is an emerging source of energy with a potential estimated at 3.7TW. Different road maps
indicate that by 2020 about 3.5GW will be installed in Europe. It is expected that this will increase to about
180GW in 2050. Currently, the market of wave energy is not consolidated at all, with lots of concepts and
devices running the race. Big challenges are: what type of concept to use in which conditions, how to increase the energy yield, how to increase robustness, how to operate devices in a farm layout, …
Within the framework of the BELSPO projects OPTIEP and BOREAS we have evaluated the potential of
wave, tidal and offshore energy on the Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS). It was concluded that on the BCS
there is little potential for tidal energy, while for wave energy there are some zones that could be characterised as having a moderate wave climate. Such a climate is an ideal starting ground given the state of
EU-project SEEWEC (ended 2010)
We were involved in the EU FP6
project SEEWEC. The consortium
included industrial players such as
Fred Olsen and Bosch-Rexroth but
also the local SME Spiromatic. The
project developed an actual wave
energy converter. Our involvement
was related to e.g. the behaviour
of composite buoys slamming the
water, for which we have done correlation tests at the “Watersportbaan” in Ghent.
FlanSea – Flanders Electricity from the Sea (2010-2013)
FlanSea is an IWT R&D project led by our industrial partner DEME Blue
Energy, with a budget of about €3.7M. The consortium further includes a
number of Flemish SMEs and Ghent University. The goal of this consortium is to develop a Flemish wave energy converter adapted to moderate
wave climates. As a starting point, a test buoy, the Wave Pioneer, was
developed in order to validate the simulation models, to understand the
economics behind wave energy, to experience the challenges (e.g. efficiency of the drive train, the forces on the components, … ), … During the
winter of 2013-2014 the Wave Pioneer will be placed just outside the Port
of Ostend. The consortium is planning to include the lessons learned and
the knowledge obtained in a subsequent project.
More information: www.flansea.eu
The WECWakes project is funded by the EU FP7 HYDRALAB IV programme, and is coordinated by Ghent
University as part of a consortium of 7 international
partners. Commercial exploitation of wave energy
will require the installation of large numbers of wave
energy converters (WECs) arranged in an array or a
farm. Within WECWakes we are validating simulation
models predicting the interaction between WECs in an
array through measurements on a large array of 25
scaled WECs placed in the DHI wave tank. Our software is available in a semi-commercial way.
Gen4Wave is an initiative originating in Ghent University,
within the framework of Generaties, the Flemish innovation
platform for renewable energy. In the meantime, the partnership has been extended with major players both from academia, industry and government. Gen4Wave wants to ensure
that Flemish industries can position themselves within the
value chain of wave and tidal energy. There is still quite some
potential to operate in this value chain given the fact that the
market has not yet been consolidated.
Gen4Wave consists of three pillars. A first pillar is the Gen4WaveTank, a coastal and ocean basin, open test&R&D infrastructure that includes a water basin in which waves,
currents and wind can be generated. A second pillar is the
Gen4Wave Energy Platform, a platform set up to inform the
stakeholders on the potential of the Gen4WaveTank, new
trends in wave and tidal energy, … and to initiate new R&D
projects. Supporting the start-up of such R&D projects is the
third pillar. At the end of 2013 the possibilities to finance this
were being explored.
More information: www.Gen4Wave.ugent.be
Waste heat recovery - “Valuable waste heat”
Today’s process industries (cement, glass, paper, plastic, chemical, …) have to cope with an enormous
amount of waste heat. Experts assume that the annual unused industrial waste heat potential amounts
to 140TWh in Europe alone, implying a CO2 reduction potential of about 14M ton of CO2 per annum. This
waste heat is typically available at a low(er) temperature. We are studying two technologies to recover this
In the form of electrical power with Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology.
Using industrial high-temperature heat pumps to upgrade waste heat in order to process heat
To align all our efforts related to waste heat we have established a waste heat valorisation centre.
More information: www.wasteheat.eu
ORCNext is an IWT SBO project with as project partners UGent,
University of Antwerp, Université de Liège and Atlas Copco.
SBO projects are research projects of a high scientific value but
with industrial opportunities in the (near) future (5 tot 10years).
That’s why industries are involved through an Industrial Advisory Board. Several aspects are being studied. First, research is aimed at new cycle architectures with the aim of raising efficiency. One promising
step is to go towards supercritical cycles, using supercritical fluids. The progress will be realised through
thermodynamic modelling and experimental validation. An improvement of about a factor of 1.20-1.25 is
envisaged. These improvements are and will be validated on our test rig in UGent’s campus Kortrijk (see
Secondly, the aim is to investigate efficient systems for smaller power ranges, which would open the potential for a lot of small-scale systems on the market. Therefore, specific expander technology has to be
developed by means of advanced Computational Fluid Dynamic algorithms (see figure). This development
is done in close cooperation with an industrial partner.
Thirdly, it is of great importance to develop smart control algorithms which can take care of varying load values.
The project results again open up further possibilities for these cycles as a lot of heat sources have a strongly
variable nature. Finally, the financial and economic constraints and possibilities have to be clearly understood.
More information: www.orcnext.be
CPV Rankine (FP7 2013-2014)
In 2013, the European FP7 SME CPV Rankine project started with
as one of the partners De Coninck in Gavere. As part of the project,
UGent designed a supercritical heat exchanger for a solar-driven ORC
which was built by De Conick. Test are currently running on this cycle
More information: www.cpvrankine.aua.gr
W2PHeat (2012-2013) and HP4Drying (2013-2015)
W2PHeat (Waste to Process Heat) and HP4Drying (Heat
Pumps for Drying) are both IWT ERANET CORNET projects. These projects aim at technology transfer towards industry, providing them with new technology and new technological insights, and informing them
about the potential impact on their energy usage.
Within W2PHeat heat pumps are studied. By using heat pumps, waste heat can be upgraded to a higher
temperature level. Currently, the limited maximum output temperature of approximately 80 to 90°C and
the unfavourable electricity/fuel price ratios are predominant reasons for the lack of heat pump applications in industry. Therefore, high-temperature heat pumps need to be developed, the main goal of the
project. This includes the selection of suitable working fluids, the definition of a proper cycle architecture,
the retrofitting of an existing compressor to make it compatible with high temperature operation, the optimisation of heat exchangers and the elaboration of economical compressor driving technologies.
Within HP4Drying we intend to use heat pumps explicitly for drying processes. The starting point of this
project was to create a closed-loop drying process aiming at increasing energy efficiency. The project will
start in the spring of 2014.
More information: www.cornet-w2pheat.eu
Energy Efficiency - “Efficiency First”
Sustainable energy production and waste heat recovery are important elements in the transition towards
a more sustainable society. Avoiding excess energy use and increasing energy efficiency is even more
important. We start our research with the design and modelling of basic components of systems, electrical machines, heat exchangers, internal combustion engines, individual homes, … and as such we try to
assist in providing the technology for the smart cities of the future.
GUCCI – Internal Combustion Engines
The internal combustion engine with compression ignition (type diesel engines) is still
the most important source of traction for
heavy duty transport, railway transport, marine applications and generator sets. We perform research on the use of alternative fuels
in those medium-speed combustion engines.
An important tool in this research is our constant volume combustion chamber, which
is optically accessible. It was baptized the
“Ghent University Combustion Chamber I”,
shortened to “GUCCI”. With it, we are able to
visualise the whole process of both atomisation and combustion and to measure all necessary parameters to characterise the diesel process.
We complement this with advanced modelling. Most models for diesel atomisation and combustion still have
some shortcomings, even more so if the same models are used for other fuels than conventional (fossil) diesel.
The results of experiments on the GUCCI set-up are used to modify models for the use of alternative fuels.
The research is performed in close collaboration with the Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC), a manufacturer
of internal combustion engines located in Ghent. We are also in contact with software developers and other
Energy efficient electrical machines and power electronics
The patent application ‘High Efficient Axial
Machine’ is a typical example of our activities
in the field of energy-efficient electrical machines. We have designed this special type of
permanent magnet electrical machine from
scratch. Both thermal and electrical as well as
magnetic aspects were investigated. The result is a very high efficiency of more than 95%,
with a rated power of 4kW and 2500rpm. It is
a very compact machine with only 10cm axial
length and 20cm of diameter. We are currently
looking for industrial partners for the licensing
or transferring of the technology.
We are also investigating other exotic machines and drive-train combinations as well
as more traditional permanent magnet machines, switched-reluctance machines, stepper motors … We provide both services in the
design process and in the selection process:
what type of electrical machine, power electronics and gearing is best suited for a specific application to reach maximum efficiency?
For the chosen configuration, we predict efficiencies of the machine, power electronics
and gearing for the specific torque-speed characteristic using e.g. contour maps measured in our research facilities (see figure below). Several IWT Technology Transfer (TeTra) projects and bilateral projects
have been coupled to this research.
More information: www.Xiak.be
Advanced heat exchangers
We are modelling, designing and simulating compact heat exchangers. To improve the heat transfer rate,
different strategies are being used. We investigate the interaction between the flow behaviour and the
resulting heat transfer and pressure drop. This way we can optimize and design units for specific applications. Experimental data are used to develop heat transfer and pressure drop correlations. The data also
provides reliable benchmarking data for numerical codes. The numerical results provide a more detailed
look into the flow physics resulting in a more complete picture of the relevant phenomena.
A very special and advanced compact heat exchanger is one that uses metal
foam such as aluminium foam. The foam consists of interconnected polyhedrons. Hence the name Alhedron for our activities, which include the setting up of a new company as a spin-off. Alhedron optimizes applications by combining our best-in-class
proprietary design tools with our expertise in thermal systems and know-how about metal foam. Alhedron creates fully-integrated and customer-specific designs and makes sure your application benefits
in the best way from the unique advantages of open-cell metal foam (metal foam makes an application
lighter, more robust, more compact and visually appealing).
More information: www.alhedron.com
Two phase flow heat transfer
During the evaporation of a refrigerant in heat exchangers, the refrigerant behaves as a two-phase flow in
which the void fraction is an important parameter. We
have developed a patented technology to determine directly, online, in-situ and automatically the void fraction
using capacitive sensor output. This allows us to either
optimise the design and to reduce oversizing or use this
signal as a control signal for controlling the evaporation process. With this sensor we are also looking at the
behaviour of two-phase flows in hairpins which are present in compact fin and tube heat exchangers, in order
to reduce the oversizing of the heat exchanger and to increase the coefficient of performance of heat
pumps and chillers.
Smart light domes – natural light for free
We have developed a control algorithm for the LightCatcher of the Ghent-based company EcoNation. The
LightCatcher is a light dome that tracks the brightest
spot in the sky and reflects the light from this spot into
the room. In the morning, in the evening and on cloudy
days this makes the difference between needing or not
needing to put on the artificial lights, saving on the energy bill in the process.
More information: www.econation.be
Energy efficiency in buildings
Buildings account for 40% of EU final energy demand. Making these
buildings more efficient is a key to reaching the EU’s 2020 goals. We
are contributing to this in many ways, most often in collaboration
with industry and in relation to real life. In order to do so, we have been developing in-situ measurement
techniques and excellent know-how on the interpretation of the measurement signals. We combine this
with modelling skills and look e.g. at the influence of inhabitants on the actual energy performance vs.
the predicted performance.
In the ECO life project (2010-2016) we are responsible for measuring the performance of innovative integrated energy concepts in towns. One of the sites we are following up is in Kortrijk with 1,200 ECO life
inhabitants in the community.
More information: www.ecolife-project.eu
We have assisted the company Wienerberger
in developing an atlas of ‘bouwknopen’, i.e.
important (interconnection) elements in a
building. This atlas provides an overview of
more than 100 such elements typically used
in buildings. It indicates which elements are
accepted by the local ‘Energy Performance of
Buildings’ (EPB) regulations and which are
not. For elements not (yet) accepted by EPB,
we have calculated the relevant parameters
with numerical software, and this in varying
conditions such as type of brickwork, type of
insulation, insulation thickness, … .
More information: www.bouwknopenatlas.be
With students and industrial partners we
also entered the Solar Decathlon competition in 2011 with the E-Cube, an affordable, do-it-yourself building kit for a solarpowered house which is pre-engineered,
factory-built, and easily assembled without special skills.
More information: www.solardecathlon.
We coordinate the FP7 project INCREASE (2013-2017). INCREASE
wants to focus on how to manage renewable energy sources in low and
medium-voltage networks, provide ancillary services at the level of the
distribution and transmission grid, in particular voltage control and unbalance mitigation. The massive increase of the intermittent renewables in low and medium-voltage networks has led to a bidirectional power flow. There is an urgent need for such new operational and control
strategies in order to maintain the ability of the system to provide consumers with a reliable supply of
electricity at an acceptable power quality level and network cost.
Within the project we will be using our research infrastructure consisting of a real-life grid that can be
transformed into several grid topologies with 18 connection points onto which a single residence can
be emulated. This grid further consists of typical domestic appliances, distributed generation systems,
electrical emulators, …
More information: www.project-increase.eu
More information: www.lemcko.be/en/testfield-on-distributed-generation
Together with several industrial park developers and owners, we have been working on aspects with
respect to interconnecting the stakeholders in an industrial park and optimizing their combined energy
usage. This is not only a technical challenge as challenges also reside in the legal, economic, social and
spatial aspects. This is the core subject of the ACE project.
More information: www.ace-low-carbon-economy.eu/en/
Morgen is de tweede helft
Morgen is de tweede helft
Guillaume Crevecoeur, postdoctoral scientist UGent, 3rd prize 55Energy contest
Vuur vuur van morgen besta jij morgen uit kolen? Ontgloeilampt de alsmaar jonger wordende jeugd en keert de wind naar de molen of was het
omgekeerd? Verspaarlampt de aldoor bonkig wordende bank en schijnt
de zon achter de wolken verscholen of was het omgekeerd? Morgen is de
tweede helft daar het tij is gekeerd! Wederomgekeerd.
Research groups in the cluster
Research groups in the cluster
SET is a cluster of research groups from Ghent University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. The
following research groups are supported by SET in their industrial activities related to energy.
Electrical Energy Laboratory
Prof. Lieven Vandevelde, prof. Alex Van den Bossche, prof. Luc Dupré, prof. Jan Melkebeek
High efficient electrical machines including SRM, (axial flux) permanent magnet machines, …
Electrical generators, e.g. for micro-CHP and wind turbines
Power electronic converters and control strategies for grid coupling of (small-scale) production
Power quality and control of power systems (e.g. microgrids) with distributed energy generation
Energy efficiency of electrical drives
Prof. Jan Desmet, prof. Jos Knockaert
Power quality of distributed grids with large amounts of renewable energy
Use of small and large-scale storage and the impact of the power
quality of grids
Real-life infrastructure for testing the impact of renewable energy sources on the grid
Prof. Peter Sergeant
Electromagnetic and thermal design of electrical machines
Advanced electromagnetic drive trains
Ultra-light weight urban electrical vehicle
Prof. Kurt Stockman
Energy-efficient control of electrical machines
Efficiency of electromechanical drive trains: contour maps
Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
Prof. Michel De Paepe
Heat exchangers: design, optimization, new fin types, metal foam, refrigerants
Heat and mass transfer in complex geometries in e.g. buildings, engines,
compact heat exchangers and electronics cooling
Thermodynamics of small-scale energy conversion systems: fuel cells, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Organic Rankine Cycles (ORC), heat pumps,
Energy efficiency in buildings and HVAC&R systems
Thermal Energy in Industry
Prof. Martijn van den Broek, prof. Bruno Vanslambrouck
Thermodynamic cycle and process analysis of industrial thermal energy systems
Organic rankine cycles and industrial heat pumps
Volumetric compressor and expander design
Industrial energy efficiency and waste heat recovery
Building Physics, Construction and Services
Prof. Arnold Janssens
Energy-efficient building design: performance prediction and evaluation
Advanced in-situ measurements of façade elements
Impact of occupants on the energy performance of buildings
Heat, air and moisture (HAM) transfer in buildings and building components
Prof. Sebastian Verhelst
Advanced modelling and analysis of internal combustion engines
Focus on methanol, ethanol, alcohol blends, hydrogen etc. as alternative fuels
for spark-ignition engines
Focus on straight vegetable oils, animal fats, biodiesel, waste streams etc. as
alternative fuel for diesel engines
Prof. Joris Degroote, prof. Jan Vierendeels
Advanced CFD modelling of expanders and compressors
CFD modelling for reducing energy losses in components
Fluid-structure interaction (FSI) modelling e.g. for wind turbine blades
Mechanics of Materials and Systems
Prof. Wim Van Paepegem, prof. Joris Degrieck
Numerical modelling and experimental characterisation of the dynamic behaviour of materials and structures, with an important focus
on fibre-reinforced composite materials
FE mesh generators for large wind turbine blades including joints
such as in segmented blades
Development of techniques for non-destructive research, non-destructive characterisation and permanent monitoring of the behaviour of materials and structures such as the ones used in small wind
Prof. Peter Troch, prof. Andreas Kortenhaus, em. prof. Julien De Rouck
Potential of wave and tidal energy in Belgium
New wave energy converter concepts and wave energy converter control
Farm layout of wave energy converters
Prof. Robin De Keyser
Control algorithms for sustainable energy systems
Use of non-linear predictive modelling techniques for energy systems
Prof. Alex Devos
Modelling of thin-film polycrystalline solar cells: CdTe, CuInSe2, CuInS2
Environmental and Spatial Management
Prof. Greet Van Eetvelde
Development of sustainable business parks from a LESTS (legal, economic,
spatial, technical and social) perspective
Energy management clustering, park management
Spatial aspects of distributed heating networks
A strong partnership
Network, demonstration activities & entrepreneurship
SET has a partnership with Power-Link and Greenbridge.
In 2005 Ghent University established the science park Greenbridge in Ostend, some 50km from Ghent.
Its focus is on cleantech. The park, closely located to the renewable-energy Port of Ostend, is home to
the Greenbridge NV incubator. Greenbridge NV provides an area for demonstrating new and innovative
cleantech products as well as real-life test infrastructure.
The incubator also houses UGent Power-Link. This is the energy knowledge platform acting as a network
partner. Activities include the administrative support of scientific projects and the execution of demonstration and educational projects.
More information: www.power-link.ugent.be/en
More information: www.greenbridge.be
Ghent University, abbreviated as UGent, is one of the major universities in the Dutch-speaking region of
Europe. It distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international
Ghent University is a so-called fully comprehensive university with faculties ranging from Art and Philosophy over Economics and Business Administration to Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Faculty of Engineering
and Architecture (FEA) is one of the major faculties of Ghent University. In 2012 it had more than 2,200
students, 150 professors and 800 researchers.
Unlike similar schools abroad, the faculty is not divided in education-linked divisions. Its 17 departments
are organised around research topics and are involved in different study programmes offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Each of the departments consist of one or more research groups. All
research groups in the SET cluster are part of the faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA).
The Faculty is (and so are the activities of SET) located at 4 campus locations: Campus Technicum, in the
centre of the city of Ghent; Campus Zwijnaarde, in the science park Zwijnaarde in one of Ghent’s suburbs,
Campus Schoonmeersen, formerly part of HoGent, near the city railway station; Campus Kortrijk, formerly part of HoWest, at some 50 km from Ghent.
Within Ghent University, complementary energy research activities are being performed. The figure below
gives an overview. This overview shows that SET focuses on the technological aspects of Sustainable Energy Technologies. Within the grids of the future, ICT will be an important aspect, and this aspect of ICT is
covered by a cluster similar to SET, i.e. FUSION. Another cluster, Ghent Bio-Energy Valley, is working on
the production of alternative biofuels. SET is using these fuels in their research on internal combustion
engines. The economic aspects are covered by the research group ‘Centre for Environmental Economics
and Environmental Management’ headed by prof. Albrecht; the legal aspects are taken up within the faculty of Law. Finally, the Centre for Sustainable Development (CDO) investigates sustainability transitions,
indicators and monitoring, complex decision-making and governance, future scenarios and visions.
More information: www.energy.ugent.be
Ze lachte liggend
Ze lachte liggend
Rik Van de Walle, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Ze lag te. Te goed ingeduffeld om goed zichtbaar te zijn. Maar hoorbaar was ze
wél. Dat ze blij was met zijn thuiskomst, zei ze. En of hij ook onder het deken
kwam? Gelukkig staat de thermostaat niet te hoog, dacht hij. Anders was er
geen samen-induffelen en -dommelen geweest. Tuurlijk, zei hij. Ze lachte.
Het blonde meisje
Het blonde meisje
Freddy Mortier, Deputy vice-chancellor
De aanblik van het meisje dat, de bejaarde componist dood, het San-Marcoplein
monsterde vanop zijn lievelingsbankje, zou zijn hartzeer hebben verscherpt. De
levensgloed doofde snel. Het meisje dacht: kunnen het water en de wind van de
lagune de kracht leveren om eeuwig jonge muziek te schrijven en een zinkende
stad uit het slijk te trekken?
Ignace Lemahieu, Director of Research Affairs
“De wind heeft zijn liedjes. En de vis heeft zijn schel. De par heeft zijn kietjes.
En de frika zijn del.” Zo zong Toon Hermans. Maar, de wind heeft zijn molen.
De golf heeft zijn slag. De tur heeft zijn bine, en het kind houdt zijn lach. Dat is
duurzame energie, zo zingen we nu.
Dr. ir. Jeroen De Maeyer
Business Development Manager
UGent – SET
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