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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 1 April, 2010
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
11-20
Regions: 
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
Other Label: 
Spearhead Cluster
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
International Cleantech Network
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Frederik
Loeckx
Cluster Manager
+32485801252
frederik.loeckx@flux50.com
Male
Ariane
Decramer
Internationalisation Responsible
+32486183942
ariane.decramer@flux50.com
Female
Languages spoken: 
Dutch
English
French
Italian
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Energy management
Smart grids
S3 EU priority areas: 
Cleaner environment & efficient energy networks (e.g. smart grids)
Energy distribution
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
152
Number of SME members: 
124
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
11
Number of larger company members: 
20
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
10
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
8
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Energyville
Research Organisation
University of Gent
University
ABB
Larger Company
Engie
Larger Company
Enervalis
SME
Triphase
SME
Proximus
Larger Company
Th!nk-E
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Flux50 is the membership organization that helps Flanders gain international recognition as a Smart Energy Region. Flux50 facilitates cross-sector collaboration between energy, IT and building companies to enhance the competitiveness of the Flemish smart energy industry in the transition towards low carbon systems.

To bring innovative and fully-integrated energy products and – services to the international market, Flux50 sets up and coordinates living labs in five ‘innovator zones’: (1) energy harbors, (2) microgrids, (3) multi-energy solutions at district level, (4) energy cloud platforms and (5) intelligent renovation.

Flux50 brings together relevant players from industry, academia and government and provides them with project support, networking opportunities and a knowledge-sharing platform.

Flux50 is coming out of Smart Grids Flanders, a Flemish cluster of grid relating companies, by expanding its scope as well to new energy related sectors such as construction and IT as to new services, such as project support.

 

 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Flux50 presents a differentiated service offering. Members can engage at talent or valorization level. A higher level of engagement corresponds to a higher level of service by Flux50.

Members that opt for the talent package have access to our education and training activities, expert seminars and networking moments. They are first in line when it comes to the dissemination of project results from the five innovator zones and they’re invited to Flux50’s annual seminar of international reputation.

Active participation in the innovator zones and access to cluster specific resourcesare reserved for members that opt for the valorization package – the highest level of engagement.

Other services: SME support and coaching in business model innovation and internationalization 

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
India
Morocco
South Africa
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
France
Germany
Ireland
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Interreg 2 seas Solarise

Interreg NWE RegEnergy

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Cleantech Delta the Netherlands, TWEED Belgium, Tenerrdis France, Cleantech Alps Switzerland, CLEAN Denmark, Greentech South UK, Nordic Edge Norway & Sweden, Sustainable Business Hub Sweden, Greentech Cluster Austria - EUROPE
Research Triangel Cleantech Cluster US, Ecotech Québec Canada, Greencape South-Africa
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLink
INTERREG

The GREAT (Growing Renewable Energy Applications and Technologies) project is an EU funded project under the INTERREG IVB NWE Programme. GREAT aims to encourage communities and small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) to develop technological solutions for Smart Grid, Renewable Energy and Distributive Generation; research and develop policy issues for regulatory authorities and provide structured co-operation opportunities between SMEs and research institutes / technology developers. The project encourages cross sector integration involving the following sectors:

  • Public authorities supporting economic generation and incorporating the requirements of distributed energy in its new developments
  • Economic development agencies linking with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and transmission bodies to sculpt opportunities for SMEs and providing business support to them
  • Research bodies involving themselves with all parties for two purposes: technology transfer and analyses of regulatory and market situations to provide good practices and policy recommendations
  • OEMs and large manufacturers demonstrating the benefits of distributed generation and Smart Grids to enlarge the market and improve their supply chains
  • SME suppliers in the market developing their businesses through international contacts and consortia
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

An overview of our projects is available on https://flux50.com/projects

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

We are a reliable partner and have a varied spectrum of technology providers, system integrators, software developers, ...  in our membership that are turning Flanders into a Smart Energy Region.