MAGPIE -sMArt Green Ports as Integrated Efficient multimodal hubs

Research Themes: Energy, Water & Maritime


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Summary of the project


The transport sector is also expected to make a transition becoming more green in the way it functions and operates. There are a myriad of choices to be made and ways in which this transition to a more sustainable port can be achieved. On the energy part the researchers are exploring the techno-economic competition between new fuels over time and the socio-technical impact of policy on the efficient transition to new fuels for green shipping including the conversion to different power trains and smart grids to support this. This includes researching the potential of fuels used for shipping such as ammonia and infrastructure related to the use of that, such as demonstrating bunkering and design of an ammonia terminal. The project also looks at if most ships will be electrified what type of actions are then needed for balancing the electrical grid. Speeding up the implementation of sustainable energy and enhancing its roll-out on a larger scale is dependent on the development of new digital tools, new market mechanisms and non-technological frameworks. Another important aspect of the project is demonstrating autonomous barges and develop concepts for the autonomous loading and unloading of electrically powered autonomous barges. 

What's next?


The MAGPIE project aims to have zero emission transport in the port in 2050 It develops a master plan for ports to steer this implementation, that will not only be usable by the Port of Rotterdam, but in general by all Ports in Europa and to a large extend also outside of Europe and covers all transport sectors of rail, inland shipping, trucking and ocean shipping and all aspects including production, supply, bunkering and transshipment of cargo. 

Contribution to the Energy transition?


The project will create demonstration and pilot projects in the living laboratory environment of the Port of Rotterdam. It aims to advance the technological, operational, digital and organisational aspects of energy use in ports. 

dr. ir. Jeroen Pruyn

dr. ir. Dingena Schott

dr. Jovana Jovanova

Pedro Vergara Barros

dr. Yusong Pang

Simon Tindemans

Prof. dr. ir. Rudy Negenborn

Faculties involved

  • 3ME
  • EEMCS
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