Northern Connections

Living Lab Event – Blue Gate Antwerp & Green Energy Park

09 September 2019 - Published by Anne Katrine Arentsen
Within the EU Interreg Northern Connections project, Blue Gate Antwerp and Green Energy Park would like to invite companies – especially small and medium sized businesses – to present their innovative ideas regarding smart mobility solutions and solutions for multi energy grids respectively.

Date: 20th of November 2019

 Paleis 10 of Brussels Expo
            Avenue de Miramar 11, 1020

We are looking forward to hosting and organising the next 2 Living Lab events which will take place in Brussels on the 20th of November in Brussels. All information can be found in the invitations in attachments, but I will give a short summary underneath about what the events offers you and furthermore, what the challenge owners are searching for.

Living Lab Event - Smart Mobility Hub:
How to connect Blue Gate Antwerp with the City
Blue Gate Antwerp:
Blue Gate Antwerp (BGA) is the climate neutral business park reserved for innovative companies with a well-defined ambition: linear growth through circular operations. Blue Gate Antwerp wants to equip their business site with a fossil free mobility hub. A fossil free fuel grid will be build and vehicles will be shared. Logistics is to be shared by the companies on-site to reduce (half) empty rides of the trucks. Also, if possible, several companies can load the same truck to go to the city instead of several trucks. Shared cars can be used on-site, but will probably be more used by city of Antwerp, so in this way Blue Gate shares their parking and loading facilities with the city. The mobility hub must operate on fossil free fuels and in the future will completely consist of autonomous vehicles. However, for now, this is not a necessity, the infrastructure just has to be ready/adjustable. Read more HERE

Living Lab Event - CO2 neutral multi energy grid in Green Energy Park in Zellik:
Green Energy Park (GEP) is a centre of expertise in sustainable energy systems, mobility, smart regions and healthcare technology. An on-site green datacentre offers sufficient capacity to support calculations by research institutes and companies. will build a multi-energy grid on their site. A low-temperature thermal grid to heat the buildings on the site, as well as a residential area nearby. The thermal grid needs to be equipped for bi-directional exchange between the business area and the residential area, since each end-user can consume or inject heat into this grid. Additionally, they will generate electricity by solar and wind, this will be injected into the national electricity grid. Read more HERE.

The matchmaking events offers you:

  • The opportunity to have a one-on-one meeting with the living lab project teams (buyers) of Green Energy Park and Blue Gate Antwerp
  • The opportunity to shortly pitch your solution life on stage during the plenary session (150 people present)
  • The opportunity to show your product or service at the living lab market during lunchtime
  • The opportunity to talk with Northern Connections partners present at the living lab event.  Among them cities like Oslo, Gothenburg, Aalborg, Aarhus, Hamburg, Alkmaar, Falkirk and several energy clusters from the North Sea Region


Participating in G-STIC 2019
The Living Lab Events will be organised during the first day of G-STIC 2019, the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference, in Brussels Expo. G-STIC aims to accelerate the transition to a wide-scale deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can have a big impact on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

Suppliers present at the Living Lab Event will have the opportunity to partake for free in the late afternoon plenary session Living the Change and the networking reception of G-STIC the 20th of November in the evening. An ideal opportunity to connect with an international audience (> 1000 people) coming from all over the world and involved in achieving SDGs on a daily basis.

The programme for G-STIC is available HERE


Find the practical information here. 

Please contact Stefanie De Smet - if you have any questions. 

Material from the event:

  • You can link to the shared presentations HERE 
  • The aftermovie HERE
  • And the booklet HERE