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Global partners launch hydrogen initiative

During the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting, a new global international hydrogen partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission with participation of several other CEM member countries.

The Netherlands to release its largest floating solar farm

The Central Government Real Estate Agency (RVB), Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority plan to construct a new floating solar farm in Rotterdam’s western port area. Therefore, they seek for the ideal participant to operate the new facility, which is reported to be the largest of its kind to be ever constructed in the Netherlands. The partners announced that they will organise a market consultation on May 8.

The Netherlands’ vital waterworks are vulnerable to cyber attacks

The Netherlands’ Court of Audit conducted a research based on whether important waterworks are enough-protected against cyber attacks. Although the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has made many attempts to protect the country’s automated tunnels, bridges, locks and flood defences, the automation systems are decades old.

Port of Rotterdam sees its container throughput increase

Port of Rotterdam’s throughput in 2018 resulted to 469.0 million tonnes, a little bit higher than 2017. Container transhipment reached a 4.5% increase in tonnage, whereas measured in TEUs, the standard unit for containers, increased by 5.7% and the annual total was 14.5 million TEUs.

Slufterdam wind farm to produce double power under new partnership

Eneco and Vattenfall will place an enhanced version of the Slufterdam wind farm into service. The 17 wind turbines in the farm that have been supplying energy since 2002, have been replaced by 14 more efficient wind turbines. Consequently, the power has almost doubled from 25.5 MW to 50.4 MW. The 14 wind turbines generate 180 GWh of electricity every year, enough to cover the annual consumption of around 60,000 households.

Netherlands to make short transport trips emission-free

The logistics sector aims by 2040 to make transport over short distances on roads and inland waterways emission-free. These and other intentions are described in ‘Vision trade and logistics 2040’, a joint long-term vision of 19 organizations from the logistics sector to prepare the logistics system in the Netherlands for the future.

Princess Beatrix lock inaugurated in Utrecht, Netherlands

On 6 February 2019 the Dutch Princess Beatrix officially inaugurated the third Princess Beatrix lock, near Utrecht in the Netherlands. The Princess rang a ship’s bell, giving the go-ahead for the first official passage of ships through the new lock. After the inauguration, the new lock will gradually come into service. From March until the summer 2019, the two old locks will be closed for renovation works.

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