About Power-Link

The energy knowledge platform Power-Link is is a joint initiative of Ghent University and the Port of Ostend (2006) and, located at the UGent GreenBridge science park in the inner port of Ostend.

 

As such, Ghent University plays with Power-Link on the one hand an important role in the further development of knowledge within the field of renewable and sustainable energy (RSE) in Flanders by promoting the cooperation between research institutes, businesses and government (triple helix), and acts on the other hand as the signboard of Ghent University in the province of West-Flanders.

Power-Link can bend on energy expertise from all competent research groups of Ghent University and knowledge institutions. This expertise serves educative, demonstrative and investment projects in the science park. For instance, actual projects focus on small wind turbines, alternative fuels and tank facilities, the hydrogen economy, smart tech in grid applications, etc.

 

Vision

The importance of sustainable and renewable energy (SRE) is self-evident. Additional research and technological development/innovation, however, is necessary, but also the flow of research results and innovations into actual achievements of economic added value deserves attention. Hence Power-Link plays an important role in the further development of knowledge within the field of SRE in Flanders by promoting the cooperation between research institutes, businesses and government (triple helix).

Knowledge domains

In particular, the focus is on energy efficiency, renewable energy (on a large and small scale), (electric and thermal) energy systems, blue energy (i.e. offshore energy production) and monitoring of energy production units.

Mission

Power-Link actively meets a need by initiating, guiding and supporting scientific research on sustainable and renewable energy. Hence, Power-Link stimulates innovation in the renewable energy sector by introducing companies with research questions and researchers with valorisation demand to each other. Power-Link is responsible for the dissemination of this energy expertise (knowledge) and innovation (ideas) in a structured manner to a broad group of actors (both supply and demand side).

Cooperation

In order to obtain a maximum outreach for its activities and a coordinated effort for the promotion of sustainable and renewable energy, Ghent University, Power-Link joins forces with organizations targeting the same objectives.