I-DACTA : Interregional Dessimination on Activities in Cogeneration, Technologies and environmental Aspects.
I-DACTA is a cross-border project between France and Belgium, main partners of this project are Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, department PIH (the equivalent of engineer's French school), the Cogen Vlaanderen assembly, and ARMINES Centres of Douai (ARMINES: Association of search (research) for the School of Appearances (Mines)).
Before the beginning of this project, the Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen (PIH) (BE) and Armines - Center of Douai (FR) had no contact and even never heard of eachothers excistance.
After a first contact between them, introduced by COGEN Vlaanderen, it turned out that these two entities were additional in their research domains respective, what was never noticed previously. A common denominator for the installations of cogeneration shows itself there.
There where the skills of Douai are especially of thermic order, Kortrijk has a wide range (fan) of knowledge of technology and implementation of installations of cogeneration, and biomass as renewable source of energy.
In Flanders as in the North of France, an important need to perfect its knowledge with the aim of installing (settling), exploiting (running), and optimizing installations of cogeneration shows itself. So this project will allow the realization of an important cross-border work. The project does not limit itself to exchanges of students and teachers, but also the other coat (layer) of the population can participate in it. The growing importance of COGEN Vlaanderen, as assembly, in the branch of industry that in the electric sector, testifies of its interest in these domains. The academic world is also interested. The increase of the number of active members of COGEN Vlaanderen (of 37 during its establishment in 2001 in 84 today) and the respectable number of them students' theses (on average 10 a year) is figures in support of the importance and of the interest to implement (operate) the cogeneration. Not only the industrial applications develop, but the manufacturers begin to show themselves in the field of micro-cogeneration for the domestic installations.
The important and positive element to this project is that not only the knowledge in this domain will progress, but that it creates a big stimulant for the development of the common collaboration, where the barrier of the languages (tongues) will be strongly lowered.