After graduating as electrical engineer, Héloïse worked for the Belgian government in Rwanda for a rural electrification project. She then joined the CE+T Energrid’s team as Energy Management System Engineer. She is positive about the impact this company and her job can have on our planet. Who is she? Let’s find out!
What do you like about CE+T Energrid?
I really appreciate the fact that this company and this job are in line with my values. Indeed, we work mainly with renewable energies and we focus on solutions to preserve the planet and I think it’s important.
Moreover, I think the Orison project is very interesting because it would “empower” energy consumers and allow them to make smarter and greener decisions.
My role at CE+T Energrid is…
Understand Energrid products well enough to be able to suggest the right one according to customer requests and, if necessary, make some changes to make it fit perfectly. Then there is the follow-up: making sure that there are no problems and providing technical support if necessary.
What is exciting about your job here is…
I like my work because it is not only technical, there is also a contact with the customer. We meet the customers and find with them the solution adapted to their needs. Understanding what people want and finding a solution is important to me and that's what Sam and the team were looking for, so it was perfect!
What are your hobbies?
I like to travel as I went to Rwanda but in my future travels, I would like to use alternative means of transport and avoid the plane as much as possible. I also spend a lot of time with my friends and family.
If you had to recommend a book, which one will it be?
Harry Potter is a must-have, timeless, one of my favorites. I started to read my first Harry Potter book at 10 years old and I still appreciate it.
Who is your favorite artist?
I really appreciate Gaël Faye, a French-Rwandan writer and musician. He wrote a book called Petit Pays (Small Country), an autobiographical tale of his life as child in Rwanda during the genocide. His book has been adapted to a film and I will definitely go see it.
My state of mind is…
« The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. »Socrate
I try to look at things in a positive way, to see the positive sides, even if sometimes there aren't many in a day, it's important to stay motivated.
Want to join the team like Héloïse? We are looking for additional talented Energy Management System Engineer!
Today, companies not only consume energy, they also produce it. However, the time at which they use it and the amount necessary vary from one to another. DC-microgrids are there to interconnect companies and optimize their energy assets by sharing energy amongst them.
Origin of the MIRaCCLE project
In 2019, CE+T together with Klinkenberg, UCLouvain and HEPL submitted a project proposal, called MIRaCCLE. This initiative is aiming at designing and implementing a pilot DC-microgrid in an industrial parc located a couple of kilometers away from CE+T’s headquarters in Belgium.
Connecting companies together
The goal is to have a local energy community with companies located near to each other and interconnected by direct current through a microgrid installation.
Therefore, these companies will share the production of renewable energy (mainly photovoltaic), storage and connection to the public distribution network (RESA) in order to optimize consumption and only draw energy from the public network when it is available at the most attractive cost.
Moreover, the City of Herstal will benefit from an intelligent public lighting system directly connected to this microgrid.
Charging stations for electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles will complete the installation and will be available for every employee of the industrial parc.
How CE+T is involved?
Our mission in this project is to design and deliver the right converter and make sure it fits in the whole installation. Our expertise and knowledge in this field will help us achieve this goal. Moreover, as we are part of the CE+T Group, we can also rely on other talented people and resources.
One project, multiples challenges
Designing the right converter is not the only challenge to take up. The expertise of all the actors of this project will be useful to identify and define other aspects such as the optimum voltage level for the microgrid, the appropriated protective devices, the right control system and the efficiency gains through DC power.
Solar panels are now operational on the container dedicated to this project and the batteries will be installed soon.
The economic gain of this innovative concept could reach 30% for the companies and even 70% for the City of Herstal. Finally, the final goal is to replicate this installation in other industrial parks in Wallonia to relive the grid and help companies in their energy management.