A rich history, sparkling with ambition

All facilities and supporting services to transform your idea into a marketable product or service, can be found at Thor Park.

Thor Central

The former HQ of the mine has been transformed into a state-of-the-art event and meeting venue. It offers a stylish restaurant, extensive congress facilities and everything in between.


Collaboration between the Belgian research partners KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt for research in the fields of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. EnergyVille develops technology and knowledge to support public and private stakeholders in their transition to an energy-efficient, decarbonised and sustainable urban environment.


This campus is a TECH talent hub for engineering and technology with an innovative training and activity offer for students, teachers, employees, entrepreneurs and job seekers. Trainers and trainees find each other in an innovative and inspiring environment, where SyntraPXL, VDAB and EducaThor work closely together.


Innovation can only grow in the right conditions. Start-ups, scale-ups, growth companies and large (inter)national companies can develop their business ideas in perfect circumstances using state-of-the-art infrastructure and supporting services while being part of a thriving community.



Looking for a lab, a test environment or a new way of manufacturing? This modular production environment grows along with the needs of smart manufacturing companies. The focus? Smart, sustainable, circular and connected. From idea to ‘design for manufacturing’.

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Thor Park in figures
93 ha total surface area
40 organizations
800+ employees
2k visitors on a daily basis
5k jobs by 2035
300+ events
30+ specialized labs
150+ doctoral students
300+ R&D projects
10k m² office space
4k m² production space by 2022
15k m² production space by 2030

Open Thor Living Lab

In this ecosystem with state-of-the-art infrastructure, companies at Thor Park can develop, test and demonstrate their innovations at real scale and in real-life situations to ensure that their application works. By becoming an active user of the Open Thor Living Lab, you can store testdata without obligation in a central application: SmartThor. If desired, you can share and enrich data with data from other experiments to create additional insights.

Regulatory sandbox

As part of the Open Thor Living Lab, Thor Park is the first and only regulatory sandbox for energy in Flanders. Deviations in the energy regulation offer the opportunity to conduct experiments with more freedom and to accelerate innovations. Current research within the regulatory sandbox focuses on new market organisation models, multi-energy systems and smart grids. Companies at Thor Park are automatically part of the regulatory sandbox.

Historical heritage looking at the future

Thor Park in Genk is a conversion project of the former mining site of Waterschei. One of the seven former coal mines in the ‘Belgian Kempen’. Driven by the Limburg Investment Company ‘LRM’, the city of Genk and the KU Leuven, the site is being transformed into a hotspot for smart and sustainable innovation with a focus on energy transition, smart manufacturing and smart cities.

Thor Park is a vibrant intersection of past and future – it represents the economic history of the region and unifies a series of flagship buildings of the city of Genk.

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