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How can port logistics reach the target of carbon neutrality?

By ENGIE - 20 February 2023 - 15:30

In Antwerp, Belgium, Luik Natie, a company specialised in logistics solutions, has chosen ENGIE and its solution Flexisun® for help and support with its carbon neutrality initiative. Thanks to the use of renewable energies and a Tesla battery – Luik Natie is the first carbon-neutral operator in the port of Antwerp. 

The ENGIE solution:  an on-site autonomous energy ecosystem

With the solution Flexisun®, which integrates solar panels, battery storage and an energy management system (EMS), ENGIE meets the logistician’s need to decarbonize its activity with a local renewable energy production: 5,000 solar panels, deployed on a surface area of 28,000 m2, complement a 3 MW production capacity wind turbine previously installed. ENGIE also enables an increase in more than 20% of its self-consumption capacity thanks to a battery storage system that comes in addition to the photovoltaic panels.  

There is also an 88 kW electric charging station connected to the solar panels on the Luik Natie site that powers the logistician’s electric vehicle fleet. 


Battery: a key element to maximize self-consumption

The site’s Tesla battery, with a capacity of 1.25 MWh, can be used to store the energy that is produced, and then consume it when there is no wind or sun. The whole is controlled by the intelligence of an energy management system, the EMS, developed by ENGIE Laborelec, the Group’s research centre, that optimises the control of the various items of equipment.  

How has this innovative project been financed? ENGIE has provided via a third-party investor model that transfers ownership to the client after 10 years. The achievement? Luik Natie is now less dependent on the electricity grid and the fluctuations of the energy market prices. 

This makes it the first CO2-neutral logistics services provider in the port of Antwerp.


The project in figures :

  • 1.7 MWp of photovoltaic power generated by 5,000 solar panels installed on a surface area of 28,000 m2, bringing the total on-site renewable production capacity to 4.7 MW.  
  • 1 Tesla battery, capable of storing up to 1.25 MWh of excess solar and wind power. 
  • 64% of self-consumption with battery, vs 39% without.  
  • 2,900 T of CO2 emissions avoided.


“CO2 neutrality is a very important ambition for Luik Natie. Thanks to the installation of a Tesla battery and our precious collaboration with ENGIE, we have succeeded in becoming the first CO2 -neutral logistics service provider in the port of Antwerp.” 
Stefaan Verhelst, CEO of Luik Natie


“This project is perfectly in line with ENGIE’s ambition to become carbon-neutral by 2045, in terms of both our own processes, but also those of our industrial customers.”
Thierry Saegeman, CEO ENGIE Benelux