In the project Logigrid, spearheadclusters VIL and Flux50 will collaboratively research how Smart Microgrids can contribute to the electrification of the Flemish logistics sector and its transition to renewable energy.

status: Closed | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

Our society must make the transition to renewable energy. The electrification of the energy sector is an important part of this transition. By producing their own green energy, companies can reduce their dependence on the energy market. For individual companies it can be very challenging to match energy production and demand and to locally store their produced electricity.

However, logistic companies have got underused options for local energy production and storage, like the installation of solar panels (on large roofs) and windmills (at locations remote from residential areas). In addition these companies provide opportunities for energy buffering in refrigerators and batteries for (internal) means of transport.

The effectiveness can greatly improve by cooperation between companies in the same region in a Local Energy Community, that shares production and storage capacity and match their energy use.


Smart Microgrid technology can digitally control the production and consumption of electricity within a Local Energy Community.
Shared energy storage in e.g. batteries, refrigerators or the production of hydrogen can be controlled by Smart Microgrids.

The dependence on the energy market can be reduced and energy purchases can be done at cost-effective moments. Purchases at peak tariffs can therefore be avoided as much as possible.


In this intercluster project Logigrid VIL and Flux50 aim to research how Smart Microgrids can be applied in logistics areas.

Smart Microgrid technology is market-ready, but remains quite unknown in the logistics sector. At the same time the energy sector is very interested in knowing the possibilities within logistics. This project aims to unite both sectors to share knowledge and identify opportunities.


  • Mapping out the possibilities for production, storage and shared consumption on logistics sites in Flanders.
  • Researching the pros and cons, opportunities and challenges of implementing Smart Microgrids in the logistics sector.
  • Following new Flemish regulations, expected in 2021.
  • Working out a proof of concept on the Logistics Park Waasland in Verrebroek, in cooperation with MLSO, to show how Smart Microgrids can work in a logistics area.


Practical details

Start: May 2020
Total lead time: 24 months

Participating companies

24 companies: ADPO, Aertssen, Agrityre, Bewel, Colruyt Group, Condugo, CSP Zeebrugge Terminal, Engie, Fluvius, Gosselin Group, Group Depré, Luiknatie Coldstore, Manna, Mathieu Gijbels, Metalon, MLSO, POM Antwerpen (deelnemer via FLUX 50), Quares, Remofrit, Snowball, Tabaknatie, Veldeman Group, Wind aan de Stroom en Wijngaardnatie.

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Would you like to know more?

Sophie Delannoy (sophie.delannoy@vil.be).

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