SET Achievements


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 in the IOF framework. It was due to their insights and efforts that SET was able to take off. Over the past years the cluster has obviously evolved and even changed drastically.

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The pillars of SET

Industrial collaboration

Over the past 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 are being defended within SET. A complete list of PhDs can be found here. Our current budget of industrially relevant projects (bilateral projects, IWT funded projects, industrial EU projects … ) amounts to about €3M/year.


Over the past years, our patent portfolio increased as well as gained focus. Several of our patents are co-owned by an industrial partner. Today, we identify about 3 new inventions per year. In many cases, we are able to mature the technology -with or without an industrial partner- up to a level that leads to a transfer of patent rights to industry. There, they form a basis for new products and/or services. Thanks to the Industrial Research Fund (IOF) we have access to internal funds allowing the nurture and maturation of the technology. Our technology is available for your business, please have a look at our website.

Our technology offers


Since the start of SET, several spin-offs have originated from the work of the involved research groups.

Mind4Energy was established in 2011 and is located in Ghent. It uses software developed Logo Mind4Energywithin 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.

Link to Mind4Energy

Logo Argus Technologies BlockArgus Technologies is located in GreenBridge, the UGent Science Park in Ostend. The team behind Argus Technologies originally developed the software currently used by Mind4Energy. Now Argus Technologies is exploring new markets for this software, their products include a PowerMonitor (monitoring of production), an EnergyMonitor (monitoring energy usage) and an InfoMonitor (combining monitored energy data and other relevant company information).

Link to Argus Technologies

Karybel performs services requiring an in-the-field activity with respect to the analysis Karybelof power quality problems in electrical grids.

Link to Karybel


Magnax is developing an axial flux generator for medium scale wind turbines. Logo Magnax


Alhedron is a spin-off project working on the commercialisation of a revolutionary product toLogo Alhedron
reduce energy consumption in and to increase flexibility of the cold chain. The product is based on the material metal foam. Based on our proprietary knowledge on creating alumina open cell metal foams for heat exchanger applications, we provide thermal solutions that are more efficient, lighter and more robust.

Link to Alhedron

Alenco was our first spin-off, established in 2009. Alenco developed a combined Logo UGent spin-off Alenco NVheat & 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 was acquired by The Heating Company in 2012. In 2014, the activities has been discontinued.

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), the IWT SBO COMPOHEX (3 SET groups involved), … Hence, we are now able to tackle your application-specific challenges using a multidisciplinary approach, which we call “horizontal research valorisation”.