Actemium and UGent jointly engage in research on energy-aware optimization models

Aalter, 5 december 2022 - Ghent University and Actemium, the brand of VINCI Energies that specializes in tailor-made solutions and services for industry, officially launched the Actemium Sustainable Energy chair on Nov. 16. The chair was awarded to the Industrial Systems Engineering (ISyE) research group of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Prof. El-Houssaine Aghezzaf is holder of the chair, Prof. Stijn De Vuyst promotor.

With this Sustainable Energy chair, Actemium wants to promote long-term research on how to optimally integrate sustainable energy costs, constraints & opportunities into energy-conscious production planning and optimization. Dr. Pieter Leyman will conduct the research within this chair.

"This chair fits within the holistic vision of Actemium and the VINCI Energies group on energy transition and digital transformation," explains Luc Clabout, Managing Director Actemium Belgium. "With our mission 'Towards the Sustainable Factory of the Future', we are building in Belgium, together with our industrial customers, a future-oriented and smart integration of sustainability in the industrial process. The fact that the energy issue is also a very hot topic among our industrial customers is of course not surprising. By combining our process know-how with the academic knowledge of UGent, we want to focus on the development of advanced models and smart solution techniques for the design, the optimization and simulation of sustainable production systems."

Actemium is also adding an 'advisory board' to the chair, composed of customers who want to actively participate in the further development. In this way, efficiency and added value can be achieved even faster in co-creation.

The chair was officially inaugurated on Nov. 16, 2022 with an inaugural event, in the presence of Minister Vincent Van Peteghem, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and Prof. Patrick De Baets, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. In the iGent tower in Zwijnaarde, a diverse audience of UGent academics, alumni and students, as well as customers and partners of Actemium, were presented with the current context and explained the set-up of this chair. 

The start of a sustainable partnership between Ghent University and Actemium was thus officially given.


About Actemium in Belgium

Actemium is the VINCI Energies brand dedicated to industry. Focusing on a continuous optimization of performance, Actemium accompanies customers in a smooth way into the new industrial era. The network, comprising more than 400 agile & self-learning Business Units specialized by market segment, enables a customized approach, presenting multi-technical, multi-site and multi-country solutions. Operating throughout the entire industrial life cycle, from design up to and including maintenance, Actemium innovates in order to support the long-term development of industrial customers, in a sustainable way.€159 million revenue // 830 employees // 16 business units in 3 countries


About VINCI Energies

In a world undergoing constant change, VINCI Energies contributes to the environmental transition by helping bring about major shifts in the digital landscape and the energy sector. Keeping pace with market change, VINCI Energies integrates customised multi-technical solutions to help its customers roll out technologies that serve a useful purpose and care for the planet, from design to implementation, operation and maintenance. With their strong regional roots and agile and innovative structure, VINCI Energies’ 1,800 business units have positioned themselves at the heart of the energy choices their customers make, boosting the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of their infrastructure and processes. 

In Belgium, VINCI Energies is active in industrial automation, energy-, transport- and communication infrastructures, building techniques, fire protection and facility services through the brands Actemium,Axians, Cegelec, Omexom and VINCI Facilities, as well as through some local brands.

VINCI Energies Belgium employs 2,850 collaborators and represents an annual turnover of 600 million €.


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