The city depot of Kortrijk

The final report of the Kortrijk Operational Pilot can be found here.

The Belgian city of Kortrijk, ambitious in the field of energy, strives to be the first city in Flanders to become energy neutral. Within 15 years, Kortrijk wants to minimise the city’s influence on the environment & climate, to become a true Climate City. The city of about 76,000 inhabitants mobilises their citizens, companies, schools & associations to all contribute to this common goal.

A big step in that process is making the water, electricity and gas utilisation by the city facilities totally sustainable through smart management. To further achieve their goals, Kortrijk, joined by KU Leuven, decided to participate in the SEEV4-City project.

The operational pilot of Kortrijk, although a rather small test case when compared to the other pilots, offers a unique set of circumstances to share practical experience in achieving a more sustainable city energy system. Consisting of municipal sport facilities, a depot for city services, a PV installation of 78 kW, a smart charging station and currently one Nissan E-NV200, an electric delivery van, the pilot aspires to become a small power plant. The energy produced by the PV installation is used by the depot and sport facilities, with any excess energy captured by the EV, stationary battery or e-bikes on site to be used when necessary, yet still some excess PV power is injected into the grid.

The regular driving hours of the mailman and his daily predetermined trajectory provide clear boundaries to implement smart charging algorithms. The expected rise in energy autonomy is limited (as no additional PV will be installed), yet a CO2 decrease between 5 and 15 tonnes is expected. These numbers will only increase when more EVs will be purchased by the city of Kortrijk. Plans for expansion to other city service buildings are already being considered and fit in the ambitious plan of being the first Flemish energy neutral city.