University of Ghent (Power-Link) (BE)

Partner description

Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. Their 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains. In the PECS project, Ghent University is involved through its energy knowledge platform, called Power-Link.

Power-Link wants to support the transition towards a sustainable and resilient society by optimising the sharing of energy knowledge and by facilitating energy related research (within the context of Ghent University and on a Flemish and European level). More concrete Power-Link initiates and supports scientific research projects on sustainable and renewable energy, and encourages innovation and implementation of new energy technologies.
In this aspect, Power-Link can rely on a broad quadruple helix network, by which it is interlinking the industry and research community, policy makers and end users. Power-Link is located on the GreenBridge Science Park in West-Flanders. On this park a coastal and ocean basin with unique test scale facilities for wave and tidal energy convertors will soon be constructed and will be managed by Ghent University. 

You can find more info on Power-Link on their website.

Role in PECS

In the PECS project, Power-Link UGent is responsible for developing a decision making tool which will help the ports (including those outside PECS) to select their best mix of low carbon technologies. The developed tool will help to define the best option based on economical and/or environmental aspects. As a knowledge partner, Power-Link UGent will provide support to the pilot partners in the installation of the monitoring systems and testing equipments, that will be used to monitor the implemented low carbon technologies.  Based on the data obtained from conducted pilot partners, the performance of the developed tool will be evaluated and validated. 
Furthermore Power-Link is also responsible for the communication and dissemination of the project results.