Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has officially launched its SEAFUEL project, which aims to use hydrogen as a renewable resource.
It’s hoped the element can be used across the Atlantic region to power the local transport fleet of cars, and support the shift towards a low-carbon economy.
The project will be piloted in the Canary Islands, Madeira in Portugal and the Aran Islands.
The €3.5 million three year SEAFUEL project will use the expertise and infrastructure of a group of transnational partners in renewable energy, namely solar and wind.
It aims to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen as a fuel to be used by local transport authorities.
SEAFUEL will focus on enhancing the green growth and blue economy and paving the way for common renewable energy policies to promote clean and sustainable transport systems.
The team behind the project say 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.