Research Energy, ecological and economic transition

Live Tree

The University of transitions.

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The ambition? To limit the University's carbon footprint and explore all the challenges of ecological and social transition in a collaborative way.

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Facing the ecological challenges, the Université Catholique de Lille must take action. For almost 10 years now, our university made campuses transformations to turn them into life-size laboratories. We experiment on campus, drives best practice, deploys cross-functional projects and supports individual and collective initiatives. The ambition? To limit the University’s carbon footprint and explore all the challenges of ecological and social transition in a collaborative way.

Integrated to the Catholic University of Lille Campus, JUNIA is highly involved in the Live TREE program, meeting the Energy and Social Transition’s challenges via  a technological research tested with demonstrators, and an interdisciplinary research with Human and Social Sciences.

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In order to meet the goals set out, the University’s Live TREE program (Lille Vauban-Esquermes en Transition Energétique, Ecologique et Economique) de l’Université is organised in several thematics

  • Carbon neutrality at the University
  • Living Lab: Buildings and experimental life spaces in a sustainable and attractive experimenters
  • Vauban-Esquermes Zen Campus (Net Zero Emission)
  • Areas & third places opening
  • Green mobility
  • Climate and nature in town
  • Student Experience: student training and involvement: learning Campus
  • Transdisciplinary research between human and social sciences, and engineering sciences
  • Communication international reach
  • Dissemination and foresight

These thematics allow us to meet a great number of UN’s sustainable development objectives.

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Some flagship projects
« So MEL, So Connected »

As part of the « So MEL, So Connected » demonstrator project, subsidized by Ademe and hold by la MEL cooperating with Enedis, EDF and Intent, JUNIA HEI and Lille Catholic Institution are testing the testent lthe technical feasibility and profitability of self-consumption models in the non-residential sector with building-integrated photovoltaics, controlling loads including electric vehicle charging in private car parks.
Energy management methods developed by Réseaux du L2EP are being tested in real-life conditions thanks to a collaboration with IT researchers.

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H2020 e-balance+ Project

The H2020 e-balance+ project, named « Solutions d’équilibrage énergétique et de résilience pour créer de la flexibilité et de nouvelles perspectives économiques pour le réseau de distribution » is supported by 15 company and academic partners in 9 countries. It is coordinated by a Spanish company, Cemosa, and Lille Catholic University (JUNIA And Lille Catholic Institution) is one of the four project’s demonstrator. The demonstrator site in Lille is developed on a block of historic buildings belonging to the Université Catholique de Lille as part of the Live Tree program.

The ebalance+projetc aims to:

  • increase the energy flexibility of distribution networks modulating the consumption or charging, local production, and storage.
  • anricipate the available flexibiliy prévoir la flexibilité disponible,
  • increase the distribution network resilience
  • design and test new models for power system services (voltage and frequency regulation, etc.) to promote new markets based on energy flexibility
Energy and data management centre for buildings and mobility

The experimentation within the demonstrators is controlled from the Junia Electrical Energy platform (EPMLab of the L2EP), which is the first stage in the development of the Internet of Energy on the University campus in the Vauban district.

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INCLUNIV project

Starting date: January 2023

Mobilisation and inclusion in the ecological transition of universities

Coord. ETHICS (ICL), Partners: Transition Explorers Chair (FGES, ICL), JUNIA, SciencesPo Lille (CERAPS), Université de Lille (CLERSÉ), Virage énergie

Working, traning and discussion place, the universities can play a key role concerning the ecological, energy and social transition by mobilising various actors (staff, professor-researchers, students, residents). Aware of these challenges, the universities and schools of Lille’s region implemeted ecological transition approaches, characterized by  caractérisées par des exemplary renovations or new buildings (positive energy buildings, demonstrators, smart buildings, HQE, self-consumption ENR, revegetalisation, etc.). Is the ecological transition La transition écologique conducted within universities really or sufficiently inclusive?


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The SBnodesSG Chaire

The projects aims to explore smart-buildings potential such as (Smart Nodes) within "réseaux énergétiques intelligents" (Smart Grids). Among the SBnodesSG Chaire, the buildings will become smart and thus participants will become more and more active in the energy ecosystem, beyond the simple service smart grid. They will optimise individually and collectively interacting with the real-time residents Ils s'optimiseront à la fois individuellement and will become noodles of a new intelligent network.
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Technological challenges of the 3rd Industrial Revolution

The technological challenges of the 3rd Industrial Revolution: energy networks, buildings, transports… more intelligent by Benoit ROBYNS, deputy director of JUNIA research and Vice-President of Energy and Society Transition at the Université Catholique de Lille.

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Zoom on theses
  • Benoît Durillon thesis
    Modelling the acceptance and involvement of electricity producers and consumers in a multi-stakeholder energy supervision strategy
  • Adrien Bossu thesis
    Optimised supervision of a local distribution network within an energy community: taking into account electrical, environmental, economic and societal criteria.


Hauts de France Region support

Hauts-de-France Region supports the Live TREE program via a protocole signed with Lille Catholic University. JUNIA constributes to the Catholic University’s ambition to reach  de d’atteindre la carbon neutrality in 2050 in the context of Région-FUPL protocole, making a commitment of developing the following actions:
  • develop local photovoltaic renewable energy on the roofs of the HEI building
  • develop soft mobilities Développer les mobilités douces deploying electric vehicle recharging facilities with energy management systems to encourage the use of local renewable energy sources
  • develop electrical ernergy storage integrated inside the buildings
  • develop the internet of energy and Développer l’internet de l’énergie and the beginning of the internet of everything, begin its roll-out across the blocks of buildings on the campus
  • transform the JUNIA HEI building in a smart building
  • develop the urbain agriculture
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couvertures des livres de Benoit Robyns
To be published:

  • Robyns, C.Lenglet, H.Barry, M.Bozzo-Rey, Des usagers intelligents pour la transition énergétique et sociétale, ISTE, 2022.
  • Robyns, C.Lenglet, H.Barry, M.Bozzo-Rey, Smart users for energy and societal transition, ISTE-Wiley, à paraître
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