From Methil docks in Fife to the seaside of Tenerife, a revolutionary hydrogen project is set to change the way island nations are fuelled – thanks to a Scottish renewable energy pioneer.
Edinburgh-based Logan Energy is building the refuelling unit in Scotland which will be responsible for powering three service vehicles on the Canary Island.
As part of a project co-ordinated by National University of Ireland Galway, the Scotland-based hydrogen and fuel cell specialist company will use the expertise and results obtained from its work at the Levenmouth Community Energy Project as it develops the new SEAFUEL system.
Renewable electricity will power the desalination process, turning sea water into clean water. This will then be used to produce hydrogen for fuelling the vehicles. The project will also investigate an innovative new approach to electrolyse directly from sea water.
SEAFUEL will demonstrate the feasibility to power local transportation networks using fuels produced by renewable energies and seawater, with no net carbon footprint. Islands pay a high cost for electricity and fuel, depending on mainland structures. With 30% of fuel consumption coming from transport, SEAFUEL represents a sustainable way to power vehicles using sun, wind and seawater.
Work is currently at the design stage for the Sustainable Integration of Renewable Fuels in Local Transportation project, with installation scheduled for early 2019.
This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme. The project partners recently met in Ireland to kick off the project, with a follow-up meeting, hosted by Logan Energy, set to take place in Scotland in June.
Bill Ireland, Managing Director, Logan Energy, commented: ““We are now beginning to realise the vast potential of hydrogen as a fuel source.
“Our work at the Levenmouth Community Energy Project over the past few years designing, installing and managing the hydrogen systems means we can now use the lessons learned and develop cutting-edge technologies which truly demonstrate hydrogen’s value on an international level.”
“What we plan to demonstrate in the Canaries could be revolutionary in terms of how isolated areas, such as islands, are powered in the future. Making the most of their natural resources is not only important in terms of carbon footprint, but in cost.”
1 Mar 2018