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Technical site visit to the NextGen district (Port of Antwerp)

On September 22nd, after the main event’s agenda, join us on an exciting guided tour that will take you around several Port of Antwerp sites, where you will discover multiple innovations and initiatives that help make the port greener.


From steam network to methanol production and the first multimodal hydrogen refueling station, the Port of Antwerp has prepared a packed agenda exclusively for the Go Net Zero Energy summit delegates with the cocktail reception!


As the second-largest port in Europe, the Port of Antwerp is a truly global actor and an undisputed partner. To become climate neutral by 2050, the Port of Antwerp is pushing back the boundaries with innovations that will make the port greener.

Hydrotug: the first hydrogen-powered tug in the world


This ‘Hydrotug’ is one of a kind, powered by combustion engines running on hydrogen in combination with diesel. The construction is the result of a collaboration with Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), a pioneer in the use of hydrogen in shipping. Here, Port of Antwerp has taken an important step in the transition towards a sustainable and CO2-neutral port.

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Sustainable methanol production in the port of Antwerp


ENGIE, Fluxys, Indaver, INOVYN, Oiltanking, Port of Antwerp and the PMV – investment company of the Flemish Government - have established a consortium for the sustainable production of methanol, an essential raw material used by industry in the Port. Construction of a demonstration plant at the INOVYN site in Antwerp is scheduled to start by 2022, with the aim of producing 8000 tonnes of sustainable methanol annually, thus avoiding at least an equivalent volume of CO2 emissions.

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Award winning heat sustainable heat distribution network


The aim of the project is to build a heat distribution network to replace the natural gas-fired energy supplies for several large chemical companies. The heat in the form of steam will be produced by the waste-to-energy facilities operated by the INDAVER waste processing company and its joint venture SLECO, while the steam distribution network will be built by Infrax.

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Wind farm at the Port of Antwerp

Port of Antwerp houses the largest wind farm on the Belgian mainland. There are 80 wind turbines in total in the port area This wind farm has a capacity of over 200 megawatts , enough to supply electricity to 140.000 households.

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The first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station

The cleantech division of Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) has opened the world’s first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station in 2021. The development will also enable Hydroville, the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger ship, will be able to refuel at the station instead of using a tube trailer.

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Energy neutral lock powered by a hydro-turbine

The Port of Antwerp (PoA) is committed to innovation as a key enabler for creating new business value and a future-proof port. The Hydropower project is a good example on how PoA adopts its mission in reality. The project consisted of testing a prototype model of a 3 bladed vertical axe waterturbine mounted in existing infrastructure of the lock at the left bank of the port.

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11:30 - Departure

We depart from the conference hotel in Brussels at 11:30 AM by bus and arrive in the port House at 12:30 where an introductory presentation will be exclusively delivered for the Go Net Zero Energy delegates.

12:30 - Guided tour

After the presentation, a four-hour guided port tour by the coach will start.

What sites will we visit? Steam network ECLUSE - Smart wind turbines - Solar panel parks - Shore power stations - Energy neutral lock powered by a hydro-turbine - Methanol production at Hooge Maey waste disposal park - CMB (Compagnie Maritime Belge), the first multimodal hydrogen refuelling station

17:30 - Arrival back to Brussels

After the tour, we go back to Brussels with the expected arrival time of 17:30.


This tour is organized in partnership with the Port of Antwerp exclusively for the attendees of the Go Net Zero Energy Business Summit

Only 50 slots are available for this tour and we will fill them in on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to secure your slot please register for the Go Net Zero Energy Business Summit and select the delegate package with the Technical Site Visit included.