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How can port logistics reach the target of carbon neutrality?

By ENGIE - 17 December 2021 - 15:30

In Antwerp, Belgium, Luik Natie, a company specialised in logistics solutions, has chosen ENGIE for help and support with its carbon neutrality initiative. Thanks to the use of renewable energies and, in particular Tesla Megapack – an equipment that offers the capacity of a giant battery, for the first time in the Group – Luik Natie will become the first carbon-neutral operator in the port of Antwerp. 

The ENGIE solution: on-site complementary energy infrastructures 

Our experts opted to combine two renewable energy production units: 3,800 solar panels, deployed on a surface area of 6,000 m², complement a wind turbine previously installed by Luik Natie, to offer a total local renewable energy production capacity of 4.2 MW. There is also an 88 kW electric charging station connected to the solar panels on the Luik Natie site.


Tesla Megapack: a first in Belgium and for the Group facilitating self-consumption

ENGIE opted to optimise these facilities and take its ecological approach even further by installing Tesla Megapack on the site. With a capacity of 1.25 MWh, it can be used to store the energy that is produced, and then consume it when there is no wind or sun. An important first, for both Belgium and the Group. This super battery is controlled by bespoke software developed by ENGIE Laborelec, ENGIE’s research centre, that optimises the control of the various items of equipment. So, how has this innovative project been financed? ENGIE has provided third-party investor system according to which ownership is transfered to the client after 10 years. And what has it achieved with this project? Luik Natie is now less dependent on the electricity grid and the fluctuations of the energy markets, and will become the first CO2-neutral logistics service provider in the port of Antwerp. 


The project in figures:

  • 1.2 MWp of photovoltaic power generated by 3,800 solar panels installed on a surface area of 6,000 m², bringing the total renewable production capacity to 4.2 MW.
  • Tesla Megapack, a battery capable of storing up to 1.25 MWh of excess solar and wind power.


“CO₂ neutrality is a very important ambition for Luik Natie. Thanks to the installation of Tesla Megapack 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