PortXL is a three-month accelerator programme in which firms receive coaching from mentors from the private sector. This aims to supercharge the develop their initiative. The products presented by these start-ups vary from new uses for compact wind turbines to the development of smart sensors that can be installed along quay walls. A total of 16 start-ups took part in the recent edition of this programme.

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In addition, the Port Authority plans to jointly decide with Richtlijn Geodesie the potential of a pilot project, along with the Municipality of Rotterdam, that regards installing smart sensors at various quay walls in the port area. The Port will cooperate with Flower Turbines on a joint study into the sustainable, decentralised generation of power in port projects. The main objective of this pilot project is product comparison.

What is more, with Planys Tech, the Port Authority will be starting a joint pilot project that uses a remote-controlled vessel to measure the wall thickness of sheet pile walls. This project will mainly focus on locations that create safety issues for human divers.