Belfast, venue of the fourth Coordination Meeting of the SEAFUEL project.

The Tenerife Energy Agency, the Institute of Technology and Renewable Energies and Cabildo de Tenerife participate in this European project, cofinanced by the INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme.  

On October 16th -17th representatives of SEAFUL project’s partner organizations met in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in order to attend the 4th project meeting and a SEAFUEL event with stakeholders on hydrogen for transport. The meeting and the event, hosted by Action Renewables, took place in Belfast, in the Stranmillis College and The Great Hall of the Queens University.

During the first day of the meeting, partners addressed the state of implementation of the activities and had the opportunity to discuss and plan the upcoming actions within the framework of the project, aimed at studying the feasibility of using produced by renewable energies and seawater to power local transport networks as an alternative to develop sustainable transportation systems.

The first day the meeting of project partners took place with the objective of addressing the state of implementation of the activities and planning the next planned actions within the framework of the project, aimed at studying the feasibility of using fuels produced through renewable sources and of sea water to feed local transport networks as alternatives for more sustainable transport.

On the second day, partners attended the SEAFUEL seminar organized in The Great Hall of Queens University. The event counted with experts and academics who tackled climate breakdown and how projects such as SEAFUEL, HUGE and GENCOMM can help in the fight against the Climate Change.

The seminar was opened by Mr. Ian Gordon from Action Renewables and continued with the presentations of Prof. John Barry, Queens University Belfast; the coordinator of the SEAFUL project, Dr. Pau Farras from NUI Galway; the hydrogen project specialist, Richard Ainsworth from EMEC Orkney Islands, the HUGE project coordinator, Ms. Desislava Todorova from the University of the Highlands and Islands; and the GENCOMM project coordinator, Mr. Paul McCormack from Belfast Metropolitan College.  The event concluded with a workshop led by Doctors Tom Van Ransburg and Aoife Howard from NUI Galway University, in which participated all attendees and experts that involved all the experts and academics that attended.

SEAFUL project – Sustainable integration of renewable fuels in local transportation – is co-financed by the2014-2020 INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme that supports transnational cooperation projects in 36 Atlantic regions of five countries: France, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, contributing to the achievement of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

SEAFUEL aims to demonstrate the feasibility of powering local transportation networks using fuels produced by renewable energies and seawater, with no net carbon footprint. Specifically, the project will focus on analyzing the feasibility of generating hydrogen with the excess energy production from renewable sources, using the hydrogen technology to store this surplus that can then be used by local transport systems.