Ghent University drives energy innovation with 6 new projects funded

(03-06-2024) Ghent University is project leader or partner in 6 of the 13 newest approved Energy Transition Fund projects, raising almost 3,7 million euros for energy research.

Ghent University reaffirms its pivotal role in Belgian energy research, which is underscored by the results of the latest Energy Transition Fund call 2023-2024 (ETF).

This annual call is highly competitive: 42 proposals were submitted, resulting in the selection of 13 new projects for funding by FPS Economy. Among these 13 projects Ghent University either takes up a leading role or offers its expertise as a project partner in 6 projects. This energy expertise is mainly concentrated in the UGent valorization consortia EnerGhentIC (energy transition) and Metals (metallurgy). 

Academic research remains crucial for driving innovation and advancing the energy transition. With the increasing demand for sustainable energy sources, there is a shift towards offshore wind, grid integration and flexibility. These themes are at the forefront of research efforts, which is also evident by the goals of the recently funded projects.  


  • BE-WISE | Strengthening the competitiveness of the Belgian offshore wind sector via industrial policy strategies and economics 
  • IMPROCHARES | Improving grid hosting capacity in the electrification process by combining smart truck charging applications with renewable energy sources and local hybrid storage systems 
  • MAVERICK | Measuring, Calibrating and Validating Airborne Wind Energy System Simulation Tools in Offshore Conditions 
  • OWI CREATE | The Belgian Offshore Wind Innovation Center for Research, Expertise and Advanced Technology Excellence 
  • CROCODILE | Cross-border Coordination of Offshore Grids under Different Designs for Day-Ahead and Ancillary Service Markets 
  • FISSCK | Fundamental Investigation of Strength and Stiffness of Clays of the Kortrijk Formation 

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