Project details


oPEN Lab

Open innovation living labs for Positive Energy Neighbourhoods

Start date: 01.10.2021

Duration: 54 months

Coordinator: VITO

Budget: 21.95 M€


Building on the expertise of 33 partners, the EU-funded oPEN Lab project will revitalise urban areas across Europe and lead the transition of Positive Energy Neighbourhoods (PEN). Through activities in three open innovation living labs in Genk (Belgium), Pamplona (Spain) and Tartu (Estonia), oPEN Lab will identify commercially viable solutions to achieve positive energy urban environments, in line with the EU’s aim to be climate-neutral by 2050. The project will promote sustainable design tailored to neighbourhoods, seamless industrial renovation workflows, renewable energy generation combined with energy storage, urban service facilities, smart operation and life cycle thinking. The ultimate aim is to roll out a holistic and positive energy vision for neighbourhoods across Europe.

oPEN Lab is a unique collaboration aligned with the Open Innovation quadruple helix model where a) industry (SMEs, large companies, start-ups and scale-ups in both construction and energy value chains), b) government (local public administration), c) academia/RTOs and d) civil participants (end users, NGOs) work together to co-create and drive structural changes that will result in high TRL levels, with great focus on exploitation of results and wide replication.

List of achievements

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Contact person: Maarten De Groote (Project Coordinator)
Address: VITO