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Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen (KHK) is a University College of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven together with 11 other colleges and the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel. Together, they represent more than 70,000 students in 23 cities across Flanders.
The KHK hosts several research groups, of which the “Kenniscentrum Energie” (KCE) is one of them. The KCE mainly focuses on rational use of energy in buildings and greenhouse cultivation.
Areas of research include thermal modelling, ICT for building management systems and fuel cells. Recently, research around smart grids and smart buildings has been started up, but buildings and heating systems have been studied since the beginning of the KCE.

Main tasks in the project:
KHK will lead work package 4 (Thermal simulation models and control strategies)

Contact Person:

Jeroen Van der VekenJeroen Van der Veken graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2002 as a civil engineer in building engineering, where he has been a part-time teaching assistant at the laboratory of building physics until 2009. He worked at several projects regarding energy in buildings, with a focus on the Energy Performance of Buildings and Building Energy Simulation Programs like TRNSYS. He is now continuing this research at the KHK. The topic of his Ph.D. is the overall energy efficiency of heating systems in low energy buildings. Preliminary results of the whole building simulations show a strong relation between the heating system’s efficiency and the net heat balance of the building. The type and tuning of heating control is essential for the overall efficiency and should be made in relation with the specific type of building and specific components of the heating system.  contact

Workforce Involved

Joachim VerhelstJoachim Verhelst graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2005 as a Bioscience Engineer in Biosystems Engineering. After completing a postgraduate master on materials engineering, he started working for the heat pump manufacturer “Daikin Europe”. As international consulting sales engineer and sales support engineer, he taught product and system design trainings towards colleagues in emerging Daikin sales networks in Turkey, Ireland, the Netherlands, and some regions of Africa. During this period, he was involved in HVAC system design for various Belgian and international residential, non-residential and industrial HVAC projects involving heat pumps.  From 2010 onwards, Joachim is teaching at the KHK and is conducting research on hydronic balancing and building anomaly detection using BEMS data.


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