Eight consortia get started in Sustainable Living Labs Phase 2: Lighthouse projects

11 July 2019

Eight research consortia have received funding for the development of a Sustainable Living Lab for the Top Sector Logistics, in which a connection is sought with the Top Sector Water & Maritime and the Top Sector Energy.

Logistiek medewerker bij opgestapelde containers

Combination of fundamental, applied and practice-oriented research of a high level

The Sustainable Living Labs Call Phase 2: Lighthouse projects provides funding for innovative ‘living labs’ in which research will be carried out and experiments performed. The main objective of every project is innovation in the transport and mobility system. The funded ‘lighthouse projects’ combine innovative fundamental, applied and practice-oriented research of a high level. Due to their visibility, these projects will contribute to the application and scaling-up of the insights and solutions developed, therefore leading to structural changes in the logistics sector.

The Responsible Innovation approach developed by NWO forms an integral part of the call and all the selected proposals. This approach ensures that the ethical and societal aspects of innovations being researched in the living labs are identified at an early stage in the project.


Sustainable Living Labs Phase 2: Lighthouse projects came about when NWO and TKI Dinalog decided to facilitate the development of Sustainable Living Labs that take a Responsible Innovation approach for the Top Sector Logistics, with a connection with the Top Sector Water & Maritime and the Top Sector Energy.

The total budget for this call was 12.775.000 euros. Of this, 6 million euros was made available by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and 6.775.000 euros by NWO. Within NWO, the program is a collaboration of the Social Sciences and Humanities domain (SSH), the Science domain (ENW) and the Taskforce for Applied Research (NRPO SIA).

Projects awarded funding

In total, eight of the ten submitted project proposals have been awarded funding. These are (in alphabetical order of the main applicant’s name):

Prof. B. van Arem
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Increasing urbanisation and congestion mean that cities are experimenting with innovative solutions to transport people and goods in a way that produces less emissions and uses less space. SUMMALab connects and supports these experiments, facilitating the learning process and the scaling-up of promising solutions. SUMMALab focuses on last mile, door-to-door solutions and the efficient use of urban infrastructure. It collects, analyses and shares experimental results and develops tools to increase efficiency and public and private participation and to improve the technical and financial feasibility of concepts. Newly-developed transport models provide insight into the effectiveness of combinations of innovative solutions at the large scale.

G.R. Janssen MSc
Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO)

The developments of digitalization and automation in freight transport and logistics are expected to speed-up the realization of an adaptive, seamless, connected and sustainable logistics system. CATALYST determines the potential and impact of Connected Automated Transport (CAT) by testing and implementing solutions in a real-world environment. We experiment on smart yards and connected corridors, to answer research questions regarding supply chain integration, users, infrastructure, data and policy. Results are translated to overarching lessons on CAT implementations, and shared with potential users and related communities. This way, CATALYST helps logistic partners throughout the supply chain prepare for CAT and accelerates innovation.

Sustainable Supply Chain Management in Healthcare (SSCMH)
Dr. D. Moeke
HAN University of Applied Science (HAN)

The Living Lab SSCMH consists of two field labs: the Heijendaal field lab and the Carinova field lab. The Heijendaal field lab in Nijmegen mainly focuses on developing concepts for logistics for emission-free, bundled and efficient last mile delivery solutions to campus Heijendaal with the aim of more sustainability, better quality of life, safety and less traffic congestion. Secondly, the Carinova field lab will be launched in Deventer. This field lab focuses on the smart integration of health care, wellbeing and logistics for vulnerable citizens in this neighbourhood with the aim of reducing loneliness and creating a sustainable business model. The concepts that are being developed in these two field labs must be scalable and transferable.

Dr P. Preenen
Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Sharehouse provides physical facilities in the STC for companies to experiment with their own technology. These experiments concentrate on data collection to improve warehousing. The focus is on modern technologies, human-technology interaction, technology adoption, and social innovation, safety, ethics and sustainability, as well as the skills needed by logistics employees. Sharehouse also creates an open learning environment for students and businesses so that they can experiment with the use and management of automated guided vehicles, virtual/augmented reality, and wearables and exoskeletons in a real warehouse setting. Public-private learning communities are put in place to ensure long-term partnerships between the main stakeholders.

Dr. H. J. Quak
Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO)

CILOLAB contributes to the transition of the UFT-system towards zero emission city logistics in 2025 by examining, developing and enabling alternatives for urban logistics activities. Specifically, CILOLAB focuses on the transferability and scaling-up of successful logistics initiatives; i.e. concepts that facilitate decoupling between transport towards and in cities.

CILOLAB is an action-driven partnership where cities cooperate with transport operators, interest groups, research institutes and societal partners and collaboratively develop new approaches for urban logistical solutions. Through continuous monitoring and impact assessment these solutions are evaluated and further developed within this experimentation environment, all contributing to the CILOLAB ambition.

M.A. Steeman
Hogeschool Windesheim

For the development of a circular economy and the reduction of the environmental impact of supply chains, the sharing of reliable information throughout the entire chain is a prerequisite. In practice, this is difficult to realise which blockchain can improve. BCLivingLab aims to explore the application of blockchain technology in supply chain and logistics. The project develops four physical hubs and a virtual repository for blockchain knowledge to support SME’s in developing use-cases and experiment with blockchain applications. The ambition is to build a community of interested stakeholders and to be involved in current and future blockchain initiatives.

Prof. E.M. Steg
University of Groningen (RUG)

SMiLES is a living lab in which we will use the Northern region as a test centre to explore the opportunities presented by logistical sub-networks. At the same time, we will identify the threats that these present and how to overcome them. Together with seven faculties of the University of Groningen and a number of large public and private regional partners, we will focus on the economic, technical, legal, ethical and psychological opportunities and threats presented by various logistical sub-networks. The living lab will be a place where science, practise and learning are combined to work together on a sustainable future.

Prof. L. A. Tavasszy
Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft)

The main challenge addressed in FTMAAS (Freight Traffic Management As A Service) is the integration of logistics and traffic management information. Digitalization is progressing quickly in both areas, but operational connections and synergies are scarce. The mission of the FTMAAS Living Lab is to connect these two subsystems by developing, implementing and testing integrating software applications that benefit both worlds. The Living Lab focuses on the International Freight Corridor South (Rotterdam-Venlo) and manages 3 main running cases and 6 research subprojects. Research focuses on questions of value creation, analytics and optimization of both logistics and network level traffic management.

Source: NWO