Nederlandse versie

Ghent is the second largest city of Flanders in Belgium. The demonstration site is in the Sint-Amandsberg district. The area counts 1 456 households. Ecopower will drive the project, together with EnerGent, the local energy cooperative and partners Energie-ID and Partago.

Ecopower cvba


Ecopower cvba was founded in 1992 as a cooperative under Belgian law. The organisation has three main goals: Invest in renewable energy; Supply 100% green electricity to our cooperative members; Promote a rational use of energy (andrenewable energy and the cooperative business model in general). Ecopower is involved in investments in renewable energy, such a photovoltaic cells and cogeneration. This is locally produced energy on the grid of the DSO. Ecopower is supplier of green electricity in Flanders and has a close contact with its members/clients. Ecopower is also an aggregator for green electricity. As both a supplier and aggregator, with knowledge of local production of renewable energy, Ecopower will participate as demonstration site in the project.

Some figures (2016)
50.393 cooperative members
41.586 customers (1,44% of Flemish household market)
Private equity = 49,8 Million euro
Balance total = 83,9 Million euro
Annual turnover = 37,1 Million euro
33 FTE



Cooperative social-profit IT-company founded in 2014

Third party, linked to Ecopower
Mission: development of IT-tools for rational energy use and sustainable living online energy management platform to follow, analyse and compare energy and water consumption of building sites.

Partago cvba

Partago is an electric car sharing co-operation. They share 100% electric cars with their members. Partago develops a mobile Platform to allow sharing via the smartphone. The organisation is co-developing the platform with other interested co-ops. Partago is based in Belgium, Gent.

WiseGRID pilot site infrastructure in Ghent

The main demonstration site in Flanders: Sint-Amandsberg in Ghent. Neighborhood with 2.452 residents. There is already an initiative of the neighborhood with support of the city of Ghent, DSO Eandis, Energy supplier Ecopower and REScoop Energent called ‘Buurzame stroom’.

WiseGRID pilot site services already in use

  • EnergieID services for 17.000 users of which 950 customers located in Ghent.
  • Around 5800 customers already full users in the Ecopower customer group.
  • 200 Smart Meters to be deployed by Eandis with e-lyse reporting frame (in development)

Active participation by citizens in decision-making processes for local development

In the last couple of months the project has organised 4 citizen engagement workshop in 4 different pilot sites in Greece, Spain, Belgium and Italy. These pilot site workshops were planned and designed to contribute to the overall project objectives to include citizens in the different decision-making processes. The community engagement workshops informed the citizens about the deployment of the WiseGRID tools in their neighborhood and provided a platform to ask questions and to give feedback and suggestions. 

We gathered feedback of each workshop:

11 March 2018 - Ghent


WiseGRID will test a number of apps that help people understand electricity prices and electricity usage.

The apps offer participants an individual and collective overview of their consumption, on the one hand, and the production of renewable energy from the solar panels in the neighborhood on the other hand. In order to maintain a good net balance, for example, local residents and SMEs are encouraged to consume consciously when local solar energy is high.

The generated solar power that is not consumed immediately by the local households serves to recharge electric cars from the Ghent cooperative Partago or to be stored in batteries. The WiseGRID project aims to develop a smarter and more consumer-oriented European electricity grid. Besides the focus on renewable energy production, also energy saving and a rational use of energy are crucial in this project and in the energy transition in general.


Everyone living in the Sint-Amands neighbourhood or being owner of a building in that area.

A specific offer will be developed for the following target audiences:

  • Tenants and house-owners
  • Families and companies who want to invest in solar, but who don’t own a suitable roof
  • Families and companies who are interested to have solar on their own roof, but don’t have sufficient resources to invest
  • Low income families
  • Families and companies who want to participate in the project by reducing their energy demand on the one hand and matching their energy demand to the energy production on the other hand



29 Jan

Final event 'Buurzame Stroom', Ghent

Organised by Buurzame Stroom

Wondering how to create a green energy neighborhood in the Dampoort - Sint-Amandsberg district in Ghent (Belgium)?  For two years, renewable energy cooperative Energent has been testing this with 'Buurzame Stroom'. Also WiseGRID supports 'Buurzame Stroom' by implementing applications that help people understand electricity prices and electricity usage. 

Buurzame Stroom is coming to an end and therefore it is time to look back at its successes, make conclusions and recommendations.

13:30 - Welcoming
14:00 - Introduction by  Ghent alderman Tine Heyse (Climate, Energy, Housing), John Vandaele (chairman Energent) and Pascal Debruyne (chairman Samenlevingsopbouw Gent).
14:15 - Walk through the district showing the realisations of the project
16:15 - Conclusions and recommendations by Jeroen Baets (Energent), Coordinator Buurzame Stroom
16.45 - Reaction of the Flemish Minister for Energy Zuhal Demir to the conclusions and recommendations
17:15 to 19:30 - Networking drink and fair: the project staff will answer all questions.

Wednesday 29th January from 13.30 to 19.30.
Sint-Amandsberg neighbourhood centre: Doornakkerstraat 54, 9040 Sint-Amandsberg

Before 24th January via Gentinfo or 09 210 10 10 


06 Apr

WiseGRID Final Event, Brussels

After 4 years and 3 awards, the partners of WiseGRID are coming together to present their findings and showcase how the WiseGRID tools can enable a decentralised energy system where all market players, including cooperatives and small and medium-sized enterprises can equally participate in the energy market.

Register your attendance to the Final Conference! The event includes an overview of achievements, panel discussion and networking lunch. Participate in hands-on demonstrations of the tools and engage in discussions with fellow participants.

We look forward to seeing you there!


10:30 - Registration and coffee
11:00 - Welcome and introduction to the WiseGRID project - Mr. Antonio Marqués, ETRA
11:15 - Project achievements - Álvaro Nofuentes and Esteban Pastor
11:45 - Panel discussion and questions from the audience

Moderated by Myriam Castanié,

• Josh Roberts, Advocacy officer,
• Ine Swennen, Pilot site representative, Ecopower cv 
• Antonis Papanikolaou, WiseHOME developer, Hypertech
• Francesca Santori, DSO representative, ASM Terni 

12:45 - Networking lunch
14:00 - Roundtables WiseGRID tools

• WiseHOME, WiseCOOP• WG Cockpit

15:30 - Closing - By Antonio Marqués, ETRA
15:40 to 16:00 - Networking drinks


Monday April 6th from 10:30 until 16:00

Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, Rue des Tanneurs 60A, Brussels, Belgium




Register - Limited spaces!

11 Feb

WiseGRID at BRIDGE General Assembly, Brussels

BRIDGE is an initiative by the European Commission to bring together Horizon 2020 projects in the fields of smart grids and energy storage with its General Assembly taking place February 11th - 12th in Brussels.

One of the aims of the assembly is for the Working Groups to present their reports that cover cross-cutting issues such as Data Management, Business Models, Regulation and Customer Engagement along with the Task Forces who cover Energy Communities, Replicability/Scalability Analysis and Joint Communication.

Another aim is for projects to share what they are learning and to find any common ground between the findings of other projects. ETRA's Esteban Pastor Calatayud promoted the findings of WiseGRID to the assembly and shared recommendations for the future, seen here on Twitter. 

21 Apr

Final Conference (Online),

The event will take place on Tuesday April 21st online.
Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory since the number of participants is limited. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to register if you would like a space.


10.00 - 10.20
Welcome and introduction - Mr. Antonio Marqués, ETRA

10.20 - 10.40
Project achievements
Esteban Pastor Calatayud, Álvaro Nofuentes Prieto, ETRA

10.40 - 11.45
Panel discussion and questions from the audience.
Moderator: Myriam Castanié,

• Josh Roberts, Advocacy officer,
• Mariana Stantcheva, EU Commision (TBC)
• Vincent Dierickx, EnergieID
• Antonis Papanikolaou, WiseHOME developer, Hypertech
• Francesca Santori, DSO representative, ASM Terni
• Esteban Pastor Calatayud, ETRA

11.45 - 12.00
Offline Break

12.00 - 13.15
Presentation of WiseGRID tools

• WG Cockpit + StaaS/VPP - Alberto (ETRA), Francesca (ASM), Giusi (ENG)
• WiseCORP + WiseCOOP - Diego (ETRA), Vincent (EID
• WiseEVP + FASTV2G - Julio (ITE), Joachim (PARTA), Esteban (ETRA)

13.15 - 13.30
Conclusion - Antonio Marqués, ETRA

Register here

30 Apr

Online Event with the Romanian Energy Center, Online

The Romanian Energy Center is pleased to invite you to the Stakeholders Consultation Event and synergies within the European H2020 Projects SOGNO, WISEGRID, PHOENIX, CROSSBOW and DEFENDER. The event will be organized as an Online Video-Conference, will stimulate discussions and will include Demonstrations of the Tools and Solutions developed within the EU Projects.

Objective: Dissemination of the Projects Solutions for the Management of Variable Renewable Energies and Storage Units enabling more Secure Smart Grid; Identify synergies within EU H2020 Projects, and Consultation with Stakeholders on the preliminary results on T&D grid operation, regulation, standardization, as well as New Solutions and Services proposed to TSOs and DSOs for improving the operation and security of the electricity grid; Presentation of integrated solutions and Business Models for the integration of more RES into the European Smart Grid with increased protection and fast mitigation of the Cyber-Attacks against assets and the Networks of the Future.

Questions ?

Do you have questions about the project, tools or pilot sites? Let us know.