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Roadmap Smart Energy & Industry

Programme Feedstock Transition


Towards a Clean Agro Pellet Commodity (CAPCOM); a standardized and sustainable biomass trading product.

Deep Decarbonisation Pathways

Four scenarios that lead to a reduction of CO₂ emissions in the Rotterdam port area by 2050, ranging from 30% to 98%.

DDP bottom-up  – Power-2-Hydrogen

The production and use of green hydrogen is an important factor in reducing CO2 emissions in the Rotterdam port area. Is the large-scale application of sustainable H2 feasible and if so, how?

CCU Landscaping

Carbon Capture and Usage (CCU) offers survival chances in the energy transition. In the new markets that CCU brings with it, Rotterdam can lead the way.

Programme Electrification industrial cluster


Which synthetic fuels are promising when it comes to application in heavy road transport, shipping and aviation in the Dutch mainports? And, in the light of climate goals, how can their development and deployment be accelerated?

Wind at Sea

By 2015, Wind energy, mainly generated in shore areas, will be used to generate huge amounts of green electricity. What possibilities does this provide for the port of Rotterdam?

DDP  – Power-2-Gas-2-Refineries

Is the use of sustainable hydrogen in refinery processes technically and economically feasible?

Electrons to Chemicals (E2C)

Large-scale electrification of the production of fuels and basic chemicals provides a leading sustainable chemical cluster.
Electrons to Chemical Bonds (E2CB)
By improving the electrolysis technology (efficiency, use of materials), renewable energy is used better and we can efficiently produce clean chemicals and synthetic fuels.

Companies in the Botlek area are interdependent: companies that produce residual heat supply it to the cluster, other companies then make use of it. What is the impact of electrification of business processes?
Governance of the port industrial complex and climate goals

Better structuring of governance and processes, such as licensing, contributes to the realization of climate objectives.

Programme Energy Infrastructure

System integration Energy

System integration makes it possible to take full advantage of the supply of sustainable energy in the port area while ensuring continuity of the business processes.

Roadmap Smart Logistics

Programme Data-driven logistics


In order to get acquainted with and experience aspects of synchromodal transport, serious gaming has been introduced, in this case called synchrogaming.

ETA predictor

An accurate predictor of the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) of incoming vessels in the Rotterdam port area makes it possible to plan all processes that follow upon arrival.

Rail feeder innovation

Innovations make rail transport in the port more efficient and make rail transport an appealing, full-fledged alternative amongst other modalities.

Truck Platooning

Truck platooning refers to trucks driving automatically in small convoys, a short distance apart, resulting in a smoother traffic flow, higher traffic safety, fuel savings and a reduction in CO2 emissions.

Deep sea call size – larger seagoing vessels

Ships being used for the transport of containers are increasing in size. What consequences does this have on the sailing routes and port activities?


What trends and developments can be found in the field of smart refrigerated containers, the so-called reefer containers?

Barge-port stay predictor

Can the time of container barges staying in the port be predicted on the basis of available data?


A self-organizing container sector provides a better joint product: higher reliability, time saving and cost reduction.

Barge hubs

Barge hubs can contribute to reducing congestion in inland navigation.

DAFOE – Data for Compliance E-commerce

The DAFOE (Data for Compliance E-commerce) project investigates, how the use of data can help customs to ensure timely handling of goods in transportation, given the increase in the number of e-commerce shipments.

Isola – Integrated Synchromodal Transport System Analysis

ISOLA looks at synchromodal transport from the perspective of the customers: dispatchers and receivers of cargo. What are the benefits for them, is price differentiation possible and can planning be improved?

Programme Self-Organization of Logistics

Physical Internet and Self-organisation

The Physical Internet (PI) project uses scenarios to study the operation of PI, a transport model based on fully connected and open networks of logistics services. The project Self-organisation (SOL) looks at self-organisation options and their effects.

STAD and Catalyst: connected automated transport

Project STAD (Spatial and Transport Impacts of Automated Driving) and the program Catalyst view aspects of autonomous driving and connected driving. For SmartPort, the focus within these projects is on truck platooning.


How can innovations in logistics be implemented? The INDEEP-project must provide a tool that maps the innovation playing field and provide a game that specifically looks at the stakeholders in truck platooning.

Blockchain for port logistics

Can blockchain technology be used in port logistics? What are practical applications?

GS1 for standardized concepts in port logistics

Standardization of concepts in port logistics can increase efficiency in the port. Is it possible to create a list of unambiguous definitions by means of GS1?

Smart ships

Sensors on board ships make these smarter and form the basis for autonomous sailing. The data generated by the sensors also offer many applications for other parties.

Roadmap Futureproof Port Infrastructure

Programme Quay wall of the future

Quay walls of the future

Sensors on quay walls provide data on the condition of the quay. With that information maintenance can be done more efficiently and at lower costs. The data also reveal hidden capacities, which allows more intense use of quays.

Programme Water Maintenance

Navigation through fluid mud

There is a new, improved method for surface depth measurements through fluid mud. This results in a larger under keel clearance without any additional dredging and costs.

Programme Nautical Traffic Management

Nautical traffic management

The use of new nautical traffic models can improve the smooth and safe handling of shipping in the port of Rotterdam.

Climate change and inland navigation

Climate change affects the water levels of waterways. With knowledge of these effects, appropriate measures can be taken to keep waterways navigable.

Programme Environmental Space


External effects on the port

Understanding trends and developments provides better decision-making information for investments in maritime infrastructure.

Port Constructor

Port Constructor is a serious game, a game environment in which the player gains insight into what is involved in managing and developing a port.

General projects
Innovation-ecosystem Rotterdam

World Port City Index

Port activities and port-related business reinforce each other. The World Port City Index shows the development of Rotterdam’s port-related business services clusters, such as suppliers, law firms, and insurers.

Benchmark innovative ecosystems

Comparative international research shows that Rotterdam has great potential to develop a strong innovation district.

Port Innovation Barometer 2016

The Port Innovation Barometer shows how the innovative climate evolves in the port of Rotterdam.

Next Generation Waterfronts

The development of a hybrid port area requires joint management and action of stakeholders with divergent interests. How to organize this governance?

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