Sustainable Energy and the Digital Transformation, Howest UAS

HOWEST University of Applied Sciences is member of EUREC since January 1st 2019. Howest has a three-fold mission as a recognized knowledge center: (academic) higher education, practical research and services to society. One of its knowledge centers is the HOWEST Energy & ICT lab. The HOWEST Energy & ICT lab connects expertise on energy (renewable energy and storage systems, electrical and thermal energy, …) with ICT expertise (data, security, blockchain, AI), realising smart solutions for current energy challenges (smart traffic controllers, smart grids, secure transactions in the energy value chain, …). Different bachelor and postgraduate programmes in the field of Energy & ICT are organised (e.g. bachelor of Energy Management, bachelor of Multimedia and Communication Technology, bachelor of Applied Informatics, Advanced Bachelor of Bioinformatics, postgraduate Data Protection Officer, postgraduate Artificial Intelligence, …) offering different learning paths for students and professionals (lifelong learning). HOWEST enjoys an international reputation in these disciplines.

Venue: HOWEST University of Applied Sciences – Campus Kortrijk Weide – Graaf Karel de Goedelaan 5 – B-8500 Kortrijk (Belgium)

Practical Information

Teaching method
Energy consumption of a process or building is measured and published. This data is based on an audit or on a continuously follow up of the processes. Following research questions arise: What type of meter do we have to install and how do we get data in a secured format on the internet? Can we use a smart gird to maximize the use of renewable energy? Can we sell our energy to other companies and how does the energy market work?
The specialisation semester ‘Sustainable Energy & ICT’ gives you the answers! We focus on energy audits, energy measurements and internet of things. Renewable energy production (electrical and thermal) gives us the opportunity to reduce the energy we buy from the grid. Smart devices and equipment combined with an energy traffic controller maximize the self-consumption of the generated energy. The data of the sensors and equipment must be secured and new devices use Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning to maximize the energy savings.

Overproduction can be stored in storage systems to be used when we have less production, or we sell the energy to others using blockchain.

The modules in the specialisation ‘Sustainable energy & ICT’ are:

  • Energy Audit & Dashboarding (electrical & thermal)(6 ECTS)
  • Big Data & Internet of Things  (6 ECTS)
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (3 ECTS)
  • Smart Grids, Renewables & Storage (electrical & thermal) (6 ECTS)
  • Energy Services & Legislations (3 ECTS)
  • Blockchain & Security (6 ECTS)
Teaching will be based on lectures (including guest lectures given by specialists from industry), laboratory exercises and projects, supervised working independently and field visits given through all the subjects. In order to reinforce the effective learning, active teaching and self-directed learning methodologies are selected.
Research Activities
The areas of HOWEST Energy & ICT lab involved in the specialisation semester are focuses on the following research activities:

  • Energy management systems and energy audits
  • Smart energy solutions
  • Industrial security
  • Internet of things and big data analytics
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Secure transactions in the energy value chain (blockchain / cyber crime)
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Information and contact:
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Address of the University:

HOWEST University of Applied Sciences
Campus Kortrijk Weide
Graaf Karel de Goedelaan 5
B-8500 Kortrijk