PIONEERS: a new project for I-SENSE on Portable Innovation Open Network for Efficiency and Emissions Reduction Solutions

PIONEERS is a 5-year project, funded by the Horizon 2020 within the framework of the Green Deal call about sustainable and smart mobility. The project consists of 46 partners from 12 different countries and is coordinated by the Port of Antwerp while the ISENSE research team is the project’s Technical Manager.

PIONEERS,  Portable Innovation Open Network for Efficiency and Emissions Reduction Solutions, brings together four ports with different characteristics but shared commitments towards the Green Deal goals and the Blue Growth socio-economic aims. In order to address the challenge for competitive European ports of reduced GHG emission, the Ports of Antwerp, Barcelona, Venlo and Constanta will implement green port innovation demonstrations across four main pillars: i) clean energy production and supply, ii) sustainable port design, iii) modal shift and flows optimization, and iv) digital transformation.

Forming an Open Innovation Network for exchange, the ports, technology and support partners, will progress through project phases of innovation demonstration, scale-up and co-transferability. The rigorous innovation and transfer processes will create the institutional, regulatory and financial frameworks for green ports to flourish from technical innovation pilots to widespread solutions.  All the above will lead to the development of a Master Plan and a roadmap for energy transition for the PIONEERS ports, and a handbook to guide green port planning and implementation for different typologies of ports across Europe.

The project kicked-off on 4 & 5 of October 2021 with an online meeting, where the partners presented their planning for the upcoming work through presentations, video demonstrations and interactive quizzes. Learn more about PIONEERS project at:

The PIONEERS’ consortium is constituted by the following partners:

  1. Havenbedrijf Antwerpen (Port of Antwerp)
  2. Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS)
  3. Autoritat Portuaria De Barcelona (POB)
  4. Compania Nationala Administratia Porturilor Maritime SA CONSTANTA (PoC)
  5. Gemeente Venlo (Venlo)
  6. Mosaic Factor SL (MOSAIC FACTOR)
  7. Balance Technology Consulting Gmbh (BAL)
  8. Vectos GMBH (VECTOS GMBH)
  9. PSA Antwerp NV (PSA ANTWERP)
  10. Akka Industry Consulting GMBH (AKKA)
  11. Magellan-Associacao para a Representacao dos Interesses Portugueses no Exterior (MAGELLAN)
  12. Universiteit Antwerpen (UANTWERPEN)
  13. MJC2 Limited (MJC2)
  14. Procter & Gamble Services Company NV (PGBS)
  15. Antwerp Euroterminal (AET)
  16. European Integrated Project (EIP)
  18. Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum (IMEC)
  19. Envision Digital Netherlands BV (Envision)
  20. Constructiewerkhuizen De Meyer (De Meyer)
  21. Administration Portuaire de Montreal (MPA)
  22. Shanghai Maritime University (SMU)
  24. Stad Antwerpen (ANTWERP)
  25. Universita Degli Studi di Genova (UNIGE)
  26. Danser Group BV (Danser Group BV)
  28. Centre Internacional De Metodes Numerics En Enginyeria (CIMNE)
  30. L’Air Liquide Belge (AL)
  31. TCT Belgium NV (TCT BE)
  32. TCT Venlo BV (TCT NL)
  33. Profdevelop SL (PRODEVELOP)
  34. Vlaamse Gewest (VL O)
  35. Medrepair NV (Medrepair)
  36. Automobil Club Assistencia SA (ACASA)
  37. Lineas (Lineas)
  38. Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V. (VITO)
  39. VDL Steelweld BV (VDL)
  40. Universiteit Maastricht (UNI MTRCHT)
  41. Alliance For Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE)
  42. European Inland Waterway Transport (IWT) PLATFORM (IWT)
  43. Union Internationale Des Transports Publics (UITP)
  44. Centre Scientifique et Technique de la Construction (CSTC)
  45. Cooperatie e-GLM UA (e-GLM U.A.)


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