The National Program Groningen is funding four mobility projects from the provincial program. All four projects aim to create, strengthen, and promote innovative and sustainable projects in the green mobility field.
Translated by Mehret Haile-Mariam
Innovation hub at Zernike Campus
Hive.Mobility is going to build a center at the Zernike Campus in Groningen. The innovation center will provide a space for professionals to share and deepen their knowledge, for students to conduct research, and for employees to gain additional knowledge through workshops and professional training. Moreover, the center will be accessible to the public, allowing visitors to learn more about new developments in the green mobility field.
Europes’ first field labs
The testing grounds (field labs) for autonomous transport are practice-oriented test locations. Five permanent field labs will be established where tests can be performed. The field labs will be the first European hub for autonomous transport, aiming to create a space that facilitates collaboration and knowledge exchange.
Green hydrogen-powered buses
As the Dutch government aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, public transport in the Netherlands will be emission-free by 2030. Groningen is at the forefront in this regard. The Province of Groningen, together with Qbuzz, and the Public Transport Agency Groningen Drenthe, is investing in converting two Qliner long-distance buses and a Zero Emission bus.
Most buses run on electricity stored in batteries. However, that technique is insufficient for the Qliners and the coaching industry due to the long distances and high speed (100 km/h). Therefore, the use of green hydrogen would be a more sustainable alternative. The knowledge gained in these two projects will be used to make future public bus transport in Groningen fully sustainable.