Two ULiège projects financed by the Energy Transition Fund
The Belgian Energy Transition Fund has just granted €6.8 million - out of a total budget of €23 million - to two projects led by researchers from the University of Liège. ADV-BIO wishes to develop innovative solutions for biofuel production and Cypress is developing intelligent software solutions for decision support for operators of renewable energy networks.
Initiated by the Belgian Minister Marie-Christine Marghem, the Energy Transition Fund - funded each year by a nuclear tax paid by Electrabel in return for the extension of Doel 1 and 2 - supports innovative energy research and development initiatives. The 2020 budget, amounting to 23 million euros, will finance 15 projects, two of which will be carried out by ULiège researchers.
ADV-BIO, fuels of the future
Researchers from the Biomass and Green Technologies Laboratory (TERRA Research and Eduction Center / Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech) have been granted a budget of 3.8 million euros for their project, which aims to develop innovative ways of producing advanced (bio)fuels from microalgae and lignocellulosic matrices for road or air transport, applicable on Belgian territory. This project focuses on the development of innovative and competitive technological production schemes in order to position Belgium as a differentiated strategic partner and player for the eco-efficient production of alternative advanced (bio)fuels of second and third generation. "This is the first time that a university has been granted such a large amount of funding to develop technological approaches to create next-generation fuels for road and air transport," says Aurore Richel, Director of the Laboratory. "This is also excellent news for our university, which is positioning itself as a key player in the energy transition related to the transportation sector. ADV-BIO will be carried out in collaboration with other ULiège laboratories and in particular with the teams of Fabrice Franck and Claire Remacle (InBios/Faculty of Science) .
Cypress, cyber-physical Risk of the bulk Electric Energy Supply System
Initiated by Professors Louis Wehenkel and Laurent Mathy, the Cypress project has been awarded €3.8 million to initiate research in the field of security of supply of renewable energy in networks. The energy transition is leading to more intelligent electrical systems in the form of cyber-physical systems in which power grids are strongly linked to a growing number of information and communication systems. The project aims to develop new knowledge, methods and tools needed to ensure security of supply via the transmission network, while taking into account the specific nature of cyber threats and integrating them into a coherent probabilistic risk management approach. This fundamental research project will last 5 years and will be carried out in collaboration with the KULeuven, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and BlackLight Analytics, a spin-off of ULiège created by Pr Damien Ernst with Quentin Gemine and Julien Confetti, which offers intelligent software solutions for decision support for energy network operators, suppliers, producers, consumers, policy makers, etc. Several intelligent software solutions developed by this company are already in operation at distribution network operators.