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.



  • The deployability of market-ready technologies for production and storage of green power was mapped at six different business parks in Flanders. The starting point for this was the energy monitoring carried out for a year in a Proof of Concept at the Logistic Park Waasland in Verrebroek, in cooperation with MLSO.
  • All companies participating in the Proof of Concepts received energy advice and a tailor-made dynamic calculation tool.
  • Sharing energy with partners and neighbors is indeed possible and makes sense. The profitability depends on the local conditions that determine the investments and operating costs within the collaboration.
  • The ambition toward energy transition proved to be high among logistics companies. A multitude of initiatives among the project participants shows that the Local Energy Community need not be a goal in itself. Important steps can also be taken within the existing legislative framework.
  • The Logigrid project brought together providers and end users to share insights into current and future opportunities. These insights were compiled in the brochure “Sustainable Power in Your Business” into 14 practical and smart energy solutions for businesses.

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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