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PIONEERS General Assembly and presence at SCEWC 2023

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PIONEERS General Assembly and presence at SCEWC 2023 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The PIONEERS General Assembly was held on the 8th and 9th November 2023, hosted by Port de Barcelona. The GA coincided with the Smart City Expo World Congress 2023, an annual event that gathers over 25,000 experts in urban innovation and mobility. Within the umbrella of the Smart City Expo World Congress, a variety of themed events took place, such as the “Smart Ports: Piers of the Future”. Focusing on "Sailing Towards Innovation", the event unites experts in sustainability, innovation, and port tech to shape the port of tomorrow. Eight major participated at the event, including two PIONEERS ports, Antwerp-Bruges and Barcelona. The week started with an interactive session on the joint efforts from the ports of Antwerp-Bruges, Barcelona, Constanta and Venlo in the development of the Green Port Master Plan (GMPM). The session also featured a special guest speaker from PIONEERS sister project MAGPIE,...

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PIONEERS at Concrete Day 2023

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PIONEERS at Concrete Day 2023 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The 43rd edition of the Concrete Day took place in Leuven, Belgium, on November 9th, 2023.   Organised by the Belgium Concrete Group (GBB), the program featured several activities such as discussion panels, workshops, demonstrations, a student contest and an exhibition area.   PIONEERS consortium partner Buildwise participated at the event through a dedicated stand where attendees had the opportunity to discover the demo on local resource recovery for green and circular concrete, one of the 19 demos of the PIONEERS project, and actually experiment the sand Zandstock A12.   This demo explores an innovative, alternative and local way to build new quays and terminals in the Canal Dock zone, potentially adaptable to a business model for other building projects. The aim is to replace up to 40% of the original sand in the concrete with local "upcycled sand" , offering numerous benefits, such as reduced environmental impact and local reclamation and...

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PIONEERS at Smart City Expo World Congress 2023

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PIONEERS at Smart City Expo World Congress 2023 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Smart City Expo World Congress is the world’s largest and most influential event on urban innovation. This year's edition is was held in Barcelona, Spain, from November 7th to 9th, 2023.   The conference serves as a platform to connect leaders from the most innovative companies, governments and organizations to drive cities towards a better future.   PIONEERS partners actively contributed to the event. Pieter Vandermeeren, Green Port Master Planner from Port of Antwerp-Bruges, and other industry experts discussed about innovative technologies, alternative fuels, and digitalization's role in optimizing efficiency and reducing environmental impact at the panel session "Driving Sustainable and Intelligent Maritime Transport" on November 8th.   PIONEERS was also represented through a booth at the Tomorrow Blue Economy plaza, in Hall 2, where participants had the opportunity to explore the 19 PIONEERS demonstrators in the interactive map.   Within the framework of the Smart City Expo World Congress, other...

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PIONEERS success story featured at GDSO-EC

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PIONEERS success story featured at GDSO-EC [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To support the realisation of the European Green Deal, the European Commission has funded 73 research and innovation projects to accelerate a just and sustainable transition to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050.   The Green Deal Projects Support Office (GDSO) was established to support the projects funded under the Green Deal Call and to help facilitate collaboration, share best practices and increase their impact.   GDSO selected as a success story the PIONEERS demo Green Straddle Carrier. PIONEERS partners PSAA and ATS have achieved a remarkable achievement - the launch of the world's first hydrogen dual-fuel straddle carrier in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.   Read the article here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTNDc3R5bGUlM0UlMEEucW9kZWYtcG9ydGZvbGlvLXRpdGxlJTIwJTdCJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwRElTUExBWSUzQSUyME5PTkUlMjAlMjFpbXBvcnRhbnQlM0IlMEElN0QlMEEuc21hbGwtc2xpZGVyLnFvZGVmLXBvcnRmb2xpby1zaW5nbGUtaG9sZGVyJTIwJTdCJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwTUFSR0lOLVRPUCUzQSUyMDEwMFBYJTIwJTIxaW1wb3J0YW50JTNCJTBBJTdEJTBBJTNDJTJGc3R5bGUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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PIONEERS October 2023 Newsletter is out!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PIONEERS October 2023 Newsletter is out! [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the sixth newsletter, you will find a snapshot of our past achievements, upcoming activities and PIONEERS' developments.   From international conferences to technical achievements, make sure you don’t miss any future relevant event and outcome of the project by subscribing to our newsletter here!   We look forward to seeing you in person soon at the upcoming events! Happy reading on behalf of the whole PIONEERS team!   Download the PIONEERS Newsletter #6.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTNDc3R5bGUlM0UlMEEucW9kZWYtcG9ydGZvbGlvLXRpdGxlJTIwJTdCJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwRElTUExBWSUzQSUyME5PTkUlMjAlMjFpbXBvcnRhbnQlM0IlMEElN0QlMEEuc21hbGwtc2xpZGVyLnFvZGVmLXBvcnRmb2xpby1zaW5nbGUtaG9sZGVyJTIwJTdCJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwTUFSR0lOLVRPUCUzQSUyMDEwMFBYJTIwJTIxaW1wb3J0YW50JTNCJTBBJTdEJTBBJTNDJTJGc3R5bGUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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19 PIONEERS Demonstrators Selected for the EU Innovation Radar

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 19 PIONEERS Demonstrators Selected for the EU Innovation Radar [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The European Commission has analysed and selected all 19 demonstrators from the PIONEERS project into the EU Innovation Radar.   The EU Innovation Radar is a platform strategically designed to assist investors, businesses, and policymakers in identifying and evaluating pioneering projects with the potential to succeed in the market.   This selection and inclusion in the Innovation Radar is a valuable opportunity for PIONEERS to not only raise awareness of these innovations but also to receive support for the upcoming go-to-market phase. The demonstrators will be showcased to a wider audience as “key innovations”, presenting to industry players and citizens the numerous excellent technological and scientific advances being delivered by R&I in Europe.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]JTNDc3R5bGUlM0UlMEEucW9kZWYtcG9ydGZvbGlvLXRpdGxlJTIwJTdCJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwRElTUExBWSUzQSUyME5PTkUlMjAlMjFpbXBvcnRhbnQlM0IlMEElN0QlMEEuc21hbGwtc2xpZGVyLnFvZGVmLXBvcnRmb2xpby1zaW5nbGUtaG9sZGVyJTIwJTdCJTBBJTIwJTIwJTIwJTIwTUFSR0lOLVRPUCUzQSUyMDEwMFBYJTIwJTIxaW1wb3J0YW50JTNCJTBBJTdEJTBBJTNDJTJGc3R5bGUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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PIONEERS at the Annual Conference of the Dutch Association of Inland Ports 2023

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PIONEERS at the Annual Conference of the Dutch Association of Inland Ports (NVB) 2023 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Without an active role in inland ports, sustainable goals will not be achieved!   The Dutch Association of Inland Ports (NVB) hosted its Annual Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from October 5th to 6th, 2023. Peter van Wijlick, one of PIONEERS' partners from the Municipality of Venlo, attended the event. Venlo is the only inland port within PIONEERS, so his participation was of great importance to exchange ideas and join discussions on sustainable growth and development within the inland port sector.   On Thursday afternoon, a workshop was held on the challenges posed by low water levels in rivers and canals during dry seasons. The workshop explored topics such as integrated river management and building climate-resilient waterways, vital for sustainable inland port operations. In the evening, the NVB hold its annual dinner, providing an opportunity for participants to engage in informal...

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PIONEERS at MAGPIE Port-City Conference 2023

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PIONEERS at MAGPIE Port-City Conference 2023 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]MAGPIE, the sister project of PIONEERS, hosted the MAGPIE Port-City Conference on 27th September 2023, in Le Havre, France. This event was co-organised by HAROPA Port (the first French commercial port), AIVP (International Association of Port Cities), and the 43 other partners from the MAGPIE consortium.   The event focused on the role of local authorities in shaping the future of ports. It served as a platform to showcase MAGPIE's innovations, namely onshore power supply, alternative fuels and digital tools. The afternoon featured dedicated workshops that explored these topics.   During workshop 2, the speakers discussed the benefits of monitoring emissions. Wouter Schmidt (University of Antwerp), a PIONEERS consortium partner, presented the case of the PIONEERS project on impact assessment and evaluation for new innovations in the port environment. Martijn Streng (Erasmus University Rotterdam), a MAGPIE consortium partner, also shared insights on MAGPIE's perspective on the subject.   Remarkable similarities in the...

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PIONEERS at Waterborne Days 2023

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PIONEERS at Waterborne Days 2023 [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This year, the Waterborne Days were held in the heart of Europe, Brussels, Belgium, from September 26th to 27th, 2023. Organised through a collaboration between the LASTING consortium and the European Commission, the two-day conference gathered experts from the maritime and inland navigation industries to discuss the state of play of R&I, serving as a great opportunity to shape the future of research and development in the waterborne transport sector, while actively contributing to the Green and Digital transition.   The second day of the conference was focused on roundtable discussions, addressing the most pressing issues impacting the waterborne transport sector, such as: • Europe's role in R&I in global efforts towards emissions reductions • Obstacles and enablers for market uptake in the waterborne transport sector • Building a resilient and competitive waterborne transport sector • R&I's role in facilitating the modal shift to inland waterways   PIONEERS coordinator Inge de Wolf (Port of...

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PIONEERS “Breaking down the Barriers” workshop

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] PIONEERS "Breaking down the Barriers" workshop [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On September 19 2023, PIONEERS held a workshop at the Antwerp Euroterminal NV (AET), Europe's largest multipurpose terminal. The event brought together several consortium partners and external organizations, including Air Plus Renewables, Aspiravi, Univers, and Atlas Copco, to explore innovative solutions aimed at reducing the carbon footprint in the maritime sector.   The workshop was not merely a brainstorming session; it was a practical effort to identify and address both technological and non-technological barriers that might arise during real-world implementation of the demonstration. Participants worked collaboratively to devise mitigation strategies, ensuring a seamless transition from the planning phase to the demonstration phase.   One of the highlights of this endeavour is the management of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) at AET. These cutting-edge batteries will be overseen by the Univers Energy Management System (EMS), playing a pivotal role in harnessing renewable energy sources and lowering the carbon footprint at...

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