Interreg 2 Zeeën - BISEPS

Interreg 2 Zeeën

BISEPSThe project “Business Clusters Integrated Sustainable Energy PackageS” (BISEPS) is one of the first approved Interreg 2 Seas projects (period 2014-2020) under the programme priority “Low carbon technologies”. It aims to increase the adoption of mid-scale sustainable energy technologies in business clusters with the eye on reducing CO2 emission and increasing energy profits of businesses. The BISEPS project brings together 8 partners from 4 European countries: 3 intermunicipal associations -project leader Leiedal (BE), WVI (BE) and Métropole Européenne de Lille (FR)-, 3 public authorities -POM West Flanders (BE), Municipality of Breda (NL) and West Sussex County Council (UK)-, 1 business support organisation –Centre de développement des éco-entreprises (FR)- together with 1 academic partner Ghent University (BE). BISEPS will run from 01/05/2016 until 30/04/2020.

Description of the project

BISEPSBecause of their scale, business clusters like business parks fit very well for the adoption of midsize sustainable energy (like e.g. heat exchange, wind energy, biomass, combined heat & power, smart grids or large scale solar), and thus offer great potential to reduce greenhouse gasses. Companies of business parks can gain mutual benefits to share investments because of their potential energy complementarity (e.g. for heat production/consumption). However they still do not adopt enough sustainable energy because it’s too complex for them in terms of time, knowledge and costs.

The purpose of the BISEPS project is to convince clusters of businesses to actually make more use of sustainable energy and to create synergies on energy level between businesses. The BISEPS project combines available knowledge on the renewable energy demand and supply side about barriers, drivers and solutions and will:

  1. help to eliminate existing barriers (local and international);
  2. reorganise the supply side on a business cluster level by integrating and tuning available low carbon technologies and surrounding services (financial, organizational, legal,…) into integrated energy packages;
  3. develop a generic BISEPS-model tool to determine the optimal low carbon technology solutions for business clusters, without needing to conduct time consuming and expensive feasibility studies.

The BISEPS project is open to different target groups:

  1.  demand side: companies, SME’s located in business clusters, real estate owners (end-users of energy);
  2. supply side: energy providers, grid operators, companies providing energy services (ESCO);
  3. policy makers: local authorities, business cluster developers and managers, regional development agencies.



  • to bring the existing theoretical and practical knowledge of low-carbon technologies into practice on an international level by developing a BISEPS-model;
  • to reorganise and tune the demand (SME’s) and supply (international players) of renewable energy;
  • to test the operational BISEPS-model tool in real life conditions through 5 pilot living labs in cooperation with companies;
  • to make the BISEPS-model tool cross border market proof through a guidance tool towards companies.

    Role of Ghent University

    As co-promotor of the project, Ghent University is responsible for the development of the BISEPS-tool and for the communication and dissemination of the project results.

    This project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under subsidy contract No 2S01-067.




    Prof. Lieven Vandevelde
    Department of Electrical Energy, Systems and Automation
    Phone number: T +32 59 24 27 40 (Campus Oostende), T +32 9 264 34 22 (Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde)

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