Green and Digital Maritime Innovation Ecosystem Northern Netherlands
The maritime sector in the Northern Netherlands is pooling its knowledge and expertise to realize the technology needed for “green” shipping and digitalised shipbuilding. The “Green Maritime Coalition”, founded on the initiative of the Groninger Maritime Board and Conoship International, wants to lead the way in the transition to large-scale emission-free shipping. To this end, the partners are developing the “Green & Digital Maritime Innovation Ecosystem North-Netherlands” (GDMIEN-NL). The initiative is supported by the Province of Groningen and SNN with an ERDF subsidy of 1.4 million euros.
This consortium of 21 technology developers, shipping companies, shipyards, suppliers, laboratories, universities of applied sciences, and the University of Groningen is planning to lead the way in the transition to large-scale zero-emission shipping and digital shipbuilding.
This project creates the innovation ecosystem from which new cooperation structures are developed around at least four innovative technologies for the transition from fossil to renewable energy and two digital shipbuilding process applications:
- Full electric propulsion on renewable Redox Flow battery technology
- Large-scale production of VentiFoils XL, wind propulsion units for ships
- Sailing on hydrogen (H2) by ‘marinising’ fuel cells of 500 – 3000 kW
- CO₂ capture and liquefaction installations on board LNG-powered ships
- Centralized digitized production of steel panels and sub-sections for the shipyards in a Shared Facility
- FieldLab 4.0, where new production techniques for shipbuilding can be developed and made ready for production
Accelerate green shipping and digitalised shipbuilding
This innovative Dutch industrial maritime “ecosystem” has the potential to become a major world player in developing and supplying green technologies for shipping. These green technologies provide (the northern part of) the Netherlands with very concrete tools to accelerate the reduction of nitrogen and CO2. The general goal is to reduce emissions as far as possible. The aim is to have carbon emissions reduced by eighty percent by 2030.
Initial project partners of the Green & Digital Maritime Innovation Ecosystem Northern Netherlands:
Conoship International B.V., MSN B.V., Holthausen Clean Technology B.V., eCONOwind B.V., Bouman Industries B.V., Bijlsma Wartena B.V., Doze Management B.V., Koninklijke Niestern-Sander B.V., Eekels Technology B.V., Cadmatic B.V., Wijnne & Barends’ Cargadoors- en Agentuurkantoren B.V., Wagenborg Shipping B.V., ROC Friese Poort, Stichting NHL Stenden Hogeschool, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.
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