Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU leuven)


KU Leuven boasts a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. The
university’s basic research orientation has always been and will remain fundamental research. At the same time, the university remains vigilantly open to contemporary cultural, economic and industrial realities, as well as to the community’s needs and expectations. From a basis of social responsibility and scientific expertise, KU Leuven provides highquality, comprehensive health care, including specialised tertiary care, in its University Hospitals. In doing so it strives toward optimum accessibility and respect for all patients.


The research will take place within the research groups Electa and TME. The Electa research group of the electrical engineering department of the KU Leuven performs research on all aspects of generation, transmission, distribution and rational use of electrical energy. The group is headed by Prof. Geert Deconinck. The research area covers techno-economic aspects of the liberalized electricity markets, with special emphasis on the transmission system. Topics covered are smart grids, reliable power systems with high penetration of renewable energy sources, HVDC , energy markets, integration of renewable energy sources on transmission and distribution. Four other professors lead the group. They manage the research assisted by 11 post-doc’s and about 50 Ph.D. students.

Regarding the division of Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion (TME) of the Department of
Mechanical Engineering, the work will be executed in the unit “Energy and Environment”. The
research group’s research activities relate to electricity generation systems modelling, renewables,
and electricity markets. A major strength of this group is its interdisciplinary focus; starting from
electricity generation and storage aspects, the overall system optimization aspects, in collaboration
with other disciplines, is pursued.

This group has gained significant expertise and international recognition in the field of electricity
generation modelling over the past years. Several PhD students are currently working on electricity
system operation and planning, markets and storage modelling.

The Electa and TME research is part of the R&D portfolio of EnergyVille, the association of the
Flemish research institutes KU Leuven, VITO and imec in the field of sustainable energy and
intelligent energy systems. EnergyVille provides expertise to industry and public authorities on
energy-efficient buildings and intelligent networks for a sustainable urban environment. It covers
research, development, training and innovative industrial activities under one name and in close
collaboration with local, regional and international partners.

Part of the research performed within the EU-Sysflex project will be performed as part of doctoral

Main Task within the EU-SysFlex project

KU Leuven is involved in the setup of simulation models which include services.
KU Leuven is involved mainly in WP3 and WP4, being a task leader in both (task 3.4 and task 4.1). KU
Leuven has also minor contributions in WP2 and WP10.

Person in charge of the project: Dirk van Hertem

More info: https://www.kuleuven.be/english/