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/Reading room/Flemish expertise centres join forces with industry to push green hydrogen production forward

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Flemish expertise centres join forces with industry to push green hydrogen production forward

About imec

Imec is a world-leading research and innovation center in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Imec leverages its state-of-the-art R&D infrastructure and its team of more than 4,500 employees and top researchers, for R&D in advanced semiconductor and system scaling, silicon photonics, artificial intelligence, beyond 5G communications and sensing technologies, and in application domains such as health and life sciences, mobility, industry 4.0, agrofood, smart cities, sustainable energy, education, … Imec unites world-industry leaders across the semiconductor value chain, Flanders-based and international tech, pharma, medical and ICT companies, start-ups, and academia and knowledge centers. Imec is headquartered in Leuven (Belgium), and has research sites across Belgium, in the Netherlands, Taiwan and the USA, and offices in China, India and Japan. In 2020, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 680 million euro. 

Further information on imec can be found at www.imec-int.com.

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of imec International (IMEC International, a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a “stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland),  imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.), imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.), imec India (IMEC India Private Limited), imec San Francisco (IMEC Inc.) and imec Florida (IMEC USA Nanoelectronics Design Center Inc.)

About VITO
VITO is a leading international research and service centre. It provides knowledge and technological innovations that facilitate the transition to a more sustainable society. We do this in the field of energy, chemistry, materials, health technology and land use. We unite different parties in a sustainable value chain. By cooperation, expansion and development of expertise we can make smarter use of existing sustainable solutions and develop new technologies. 
Technology should be feasible and cost-effective. This calls for partnerships between research centres, commercial parties and the authorities, who together create impact in the sustainability transition. VITO is the driving force by providing practical knowledge, innovative processes and business models.
VITO makes this connection between research, government and market, between knowledge, policy and business in order to create impactful changes.

VITO. Vision on Technology for a Better World.
Sustainable. Entrepreneurial. Inspiring. Creative. 

Further information on VITO can be found at https://vito.be/nl

About DEME Group
DEME is a world leader in dredging, solutions for the offshore energy market, environmental works and maritime civil works. The company can build on more than 140 years of know-how and experience and stands out for its pioneering approach and innovative new technologies.
DEME's ambition is to work towards a sustainable future by offering solutions to global challenges: rising sea levels, growth of the world population, reduction of CO2 emissions, polluted rivers, seas and soil, and scarcity of raw materials. 
Although DEME has its roots in Belgium, the company has developed a strong presence on all seas and continents. DEME can rely on 5,200 highly trained professionals throughout the world. With a versatile and modern fleet of more than 100 ships, supported by a large in-house equipment fleet, the company can offer solutions for even the most complex projects.

About Colruyt Group
Colruyt Group is active in the distribution of food and non-food products in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, with over 600 own shops and approximately 580 affiliated shops. In Belgium, these are Colruyt, OKay, Bio-Planet, Cru, Dreamland, Dreambaby, Bike Republic and the affiliated shops Spar and Spar Compact. In France, in addition to Colruyt shops, there are affiliated shops of Coccinelle, Coccimarket and Panier Sympa. The Group is the majority shareholder in the chain that includes ZEB, ZEB For Stars, The Fashion Store and PointCarré. Solucious supplies food service and retail products to professional customers in Belgium (hospitals, SMEs, the hospitality industry, etc.). Other activities include fuel distribution in Belgium (DATS 24), printing and document management solutions (Symeta Hybrid) and green energy production (Eoly). The group employs more than 30,000 people and achieved sales of EUR 9.5 billion in 2019/20. Colruyt is listed on Euronext Brussels (COLR) under ISIN no. BE0974256852.

About the John Cockerill Group
John Cockerill is a global player in the energy transition. With more than 200 years of experience in energy and industry, he is now developing innovative technological solutions that contribute to the decarbonisation of human activities, whether it is a question of developing new production capacities of 'electricity from renewable energies, to store green electricity or to optimize the energy efficiency of existing power plants and industrial equipment. It adapts its technologies and expertise to the specific needs of its energy and industrial customers. Thanks to its electrolysers, with the largest capacities in the world (from 5 to 1000 Nm³/ h), it meets the growing hydrogen needs of the mobility, industry and energy markets. Today, John Cockerill is positioned as the world leader in hydrogen with 70MW sold in 2020, or 20% market share and already 1000 references in the sale of electrolysers worldwide.
John Cockerill is thus making his technological contribution to the fight against climate change. In 2020, it achieved a turnover of 1.01 billion euros in 19 countries on 5 continents.

About Bekaert
Bekaert (bekaert.com) is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with more than 27 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 4.4 billion in combined revenue in 2020.

About EnergyVille
EnergyVille is a collaboration between the Belgian research partners KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt for research into sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. EnergyVille develops the technologies and knowledge to support public and private stakeholders in their transition to an energy-efficient, decarbonised and sustainable urban environment. The unique complementarity of the research partners allows us to integrate the entire value chain of the energy system in our research. This extends from materials and components to the level of entire energy systems, business models and strategies. Our activities are grouped into six interdisciplinary areas: photovoltaics, electrical and thermal storage, power electronics and conversion, buildings and districts, strategies and markets.
With around 400 researchers and state-of-the-art research facilities, EnergyVille is a top European innovation hub in the energy field. It brings together research, development and training under one name, in close cooperation with local, regional and international partners from both industry and public authorities.
As an R&D innovation hub, located in the industry-oriented ecosystem of Thor Park (Genk), EnergyVille offers an attractive environment for energy research, industrial product development and business creation. The cooperation is supported by the city of Genk, the province of Limburg, LRM, Nuhma, POM Limburg and the European structural funds.