Luminus (Département Production)
Luminus invests to face the energy challenges of tomorrow: the company is committed to delivering innovative energy efficiency solutions to its customers and is pursuing its developments in renewable energy. Luminus' vision is based on its involvement to best satisfy its customers and to provide its 2,000 employees with attractive career opportunities. For the 5th year in a row, the company ranks among the top 59 employers in Belgium. Luminus benefits from its strong local roots and from the expertise of the EDF Group, one of the major players in the global energy sector.
The Production Department within Luminus brings expertise and knowledge related to investment, operation, and maintenance operations of hydropower infrastructures. In charge of the operation of several dams along the Lower Meuse, Luminus also brings technical expertise as operator within the consortium.
Since 1947, the National Hydraulics and Environmental Laboratory (LNHE) has studied the interaction of water and the environment with the power generation facilities of EDF.
Our mission consists of three main objectives:
- Strengthen the environmental acceptability of EDF’s production facilities with regard to aquatic habitats (and public health via the food chain): excess heat, chemical waste, radiological emissions, biological effects, morpho dynamics, integrity of rivers, etc.
- Protect the production facilities (hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants) against environmental factors: floods, inundations, storms, low water, heatwaves, biological impacts (aquatic plants, biofouling).
- Contribute to the optimisation of our means of production by ensuring the water availability necessary for the cooling system of nuclear power plants and hydroelectric power stations, and, within the scope of the decarbonation of the energy mix, contribute to the development of marine energy and offshore wind energy.
Profish Technology is a spinoff created by the university of Liège in 2007 and specialised in monitoring fish ecology. Within the scope of the LIFE4FISH project, their mission is to measure the success of migration of Atlantic salmon smolts and silver eels along hydroelectric dams managed by Luminus...
University of Namur
With more than 6200 students and 1100 staff, UNamur plays a leading role in the economic, socio-cultural, and scientific development of Wallonia. In addition to the six faculties offering bachelor's, master's and PhD’s programs, many research institutes are active in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects involving fundamental and applied research. Among the 11 research institutes, ILEE aims to study the fundamental mechanisms of life on Earth and the interactions between life and its environment. ILEE contributes to the understanding of the evolution of life and the current and future environmental challenges. As a member of ILEE, URBE is dedicated to carry out high level scientific research in the fields of aquatic ecology, molecular ecology, evolutionary biology, ecophysiology, and ecotoxicology. Its main scientific issues consist in understanding the responses of aquatic organisms to environmental stress, enhancing knowledge how various organisms evolve through genetic changes in lakes and rivers. Moreover, fundamental, and applied research strives to bring new answers in the field of freshwater aquaculture in temperate as well as in tropical regions.
URBE has a long experience in the different areas of the Life4fish project, given its high competence level in fish ecology and the estimation of fish stocks in rivers and lakes, and in the physiology and immunity of different fish species, including the eel and Atlantic salmon.
University of Liège
The Liege University is the complete public university of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Its excellence is grounded on two centuries of academic education and high-level research as well as on an intellectual tradition that has thrived in Liège since the Middle Age.
In the framework of the LIFE4FISH project, the competences of the HECE research group of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (School of Engineering and Informatics) around hydraulic modelling are mobilized to characterize flow conditions in the Meuse River close to the hydropower sites and then to enable the design of the solutions for a safe downstream passage.