DEA Applications

Since its development in 2014 a number of applications have been finalised, if not, are close to their finalisation:

Energy Atlas Limburg

The Energy Atlas Limburg was finalised in 2016. Operating at the ¼ha resolution, it provides the complete overview of current energy demand, current energy production and additional renewable energy production potential in the Belgian province of Limburg. The tool is intended to enable Limburg to plan its physical space taking into consideration the space needed for renewable energy production in the short and longer term and thus to evolve towards an energy neutral province. To this effect, it enables to experiment with various scenarios.

Energy Potential Map Vlaams-Brabant

The Energy Potential Map Vlaams-Brabant (Dutch) was finalised in 2016. It provides, at the ¼ha resolution, an overview of renewable energy production and additional renewable energy production potential in the Belgian province of Vlaams-Brabant. The tool is intended to enable Vlaams-Brabant to plan its physical space taking into consideration the area needed for renewable energy production in line with the provincial plan to be climate neutral by 2030. Various scenarios have been developed (and can be altered) with this objective in mind.

Energy Landscapes Flanders

The Dynamic Energy Atlas developed for Ruimte Vlaanderen, the Spatial Development Department Flanders, is intended to search for and delineate so called Energy Landscapes, multifunctional areas in the open space that can produce a large amount of renewable energy within a reasonably confined and contiguous area. To the effect, the existing energy production by all technologies is inventoried. In addition for all technologies the theoretical potential is represented in the DEA. It operates at the ¼ha resolution. The tool supports scenario analysis, not in the least scenarios exploring the effects of changed restrictions defined in the current legislation on potential energy production. The first version was delivered in 2014. Since then, the DEA has been upgraded constantly with new functionalities.

Heat Map Flanders

Map Flanders is one deliverable developed by the Flemish Energy Agency in its implementation of Directive 2012/27 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency. The Dynamic Energy Atlas is used to gather and inventory all relevant information with respect to potential (waste) heat sources as well as demand for heat by various sectors in Flanders. A specifically developed module of the DEA is used to perform a cost-benefit calculation for every grid cell in a 1,2 km raster with respect to the possibility to meet its heat demand by means of residual heat sources in the proximity. The output of these cost-benefit calculations visualised on maps constitute the Heat Map Flanders. Map outputs can be consulted via the Geopunt web-portal of the Flemish government in the theme Energy.

  • Client: Flemish Energy Agency
  • Contact: Nadine Dufour, Koning Albert II-laan 20 box 17, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • Report: Heat in Flanders (Dutch)

Renewable Energy Atlas Flanders

The Renewable Energy Atlas Flanders is part of the actions that the Department of Agriculture, Nature and Energy undertakes to support local authorities in achieving the objectives set out in the so-called Covenant of Mayors. More in particular it is intended to assess the potential for renewable energy production of each municipality in Flanders and visualize it on an interactive map of Flanders. To the effect, the current as well as the additional potential energy production on the basis of renewable sources is inventoried. Map outputs are generated at the ¼ha resolution and aggregates thereof. The resulting maps can be consulted via the Geopunt web-portal of the Flemish government in the theme Energy. It was finalised in 2016.