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Rotterdam to spearhead green research

[ May 12, 2021   //   ]

An international alliance of 45 companies, knowledge institutes and ports, headed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority, has been awarded nearly €25 million in EU funding to execute 10 pilot and demonstration projects focusing on sustainable and smart logistics.

The schemes will developrenewable fuels including green hydrogen, large electric batteries, ammonia and bio-LNG.

Examples include the operation of an electric battery-powered railway locomotive that uses power from an overhead line for both motive power and for recharging its battery, allowing it to work in areas that lack an overhead line. Other examples include bunkering ammonia as a transport fuel, or electrical power from shore for ships moored offshore to a mooring buoy.

The partners will also design and implement several digitalisation and automation solutions in the context of the energy transition

The project is the result of a collaboration between the port authorities of Rotterdam, DeltaPort (Germany), Haropa (France: Le Havre, Rouen, Paris) and Sines (Portugal), in partnership with 10 research institutes and over 30 companies in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal, Denmark and Sweden.

The European Commission has made a budget available within the Horizon 2020 green deal programme for research into opportunities to increase the sustainability of logistics operations in sea ports and airports of which half has now been awarded as a research grant to the consortium.

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