Project Description

Sustainable integration of renewable fuels in local transportation


Acronym: SEAFUEL
Partners: National University of Ireland Galway (NIU Galway), University of Liverpool, Instituto Tecnológico y de Energías Renovables (ITER), Aran Islands Energy Cooperative / Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teoranta, Action Renewables, Agência Regional da Energia e Ambiente da Região Autónoma da Madeira (AREAM),  Tenerife Energy Agency (AIET), HyEnergy Consultancy Limited and Logan Energy.
Associated participants: European Hydrogen Association, Enagas, EMEC, Hydrogen Green Power, Hyundai Canarias, Port Authority Of Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Cabildo Insular de Tenerife and Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe (Galway City Council).
Duration: December 2017- November 2020 (36 months)
Budget: 3.647.632,96 €
Financing: 2014-2020 INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme. Priority 2 – Fostering Resource Efficiency. Objective 2.1: Fostering renewable energies and energy efficiency.

Project overview

The SEAFUEL project aims to use the renewable resources across the Atlantic Area to power the local transport fleet and support the shift towards a low-carbon economy. The project will use the expertise and infrastructure of the partners in renewable energy, namely solar, wind and marine, to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen as a fuel to be used by the local transport authorities.

The aim of SEAFUEL is to demonstrate the feasibility to power local transportation networks using fuels produced by renewable energies and seawater, with no net carbon footprint as promoted by the resource-efficient flagship initiative COM(2010)2020. It will cover technical innovation by a demonstration plant, a framework for policy implementation and a sustainability analysis of production, distribution and usage of hydrogen as an alternative fuel in remote Atlantic regions. SEAFUEL proposes a sustainable way to power local transportation in isolated regions using renewable resources such as sun, wind and seawater.

SEAFUEL will focus on enhancing the green growth and blue economy and paving the grounds for common renewable energy policies to promote clean and sustainable transport systems. Isolated areas such as islands face the specific challenge of the high cost of electricity and fuel and their dependency on mainland infrastructures. SEAFUEL will target these regions where 30% of fuel consumption comes from local transportation.

The project will drastically reduce greenhouse emissions, PM and NO2 in line with the Clean Air programme 2008/50/EC, and provide a pathway for isolated regions to become energetically independent, leading to future installations in the other Atlantic regions. An alternative fuels model for islands will be developed to fulfil the requirements of the Partners’ Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS3) aimed at low carbon economy and efficient use of marine resources.