O projeto

O projeto SEAFUEL – Integração Sustentável de Combustíveis Renováveis nos Transportes Locais – dispõe de um orçamento total de 3,497,632.98 €, cofinanciado pelo Fundo Europeu do Desenvolvimento Regional, através do Programa Interreg Espaço Atlântico (Eixo prioritário 2: Promover a eficiência dos recursos. Objetivo específico 2.1: Promover as energias renováveis e a eficiência energética).

O projeto SEAFUEL visa promover o aproveitamento das energias renováveis em todo o Espaço Atlântico, para as frotas de transporte local e apoiar a transição para uma economia de baixo carbono. O projeto conta com a experiência e conhecimento dos parceiros na valorização das energias renováveis, designadamente solar, eólica e marinha, a fim de demonstrar a viabilidade do hidrogénio como vetor energético a ser utilizado pelos operadores de transportes locais.

Objetivo global

O projeto SEAFUEL visa demonstrar a viabilidade da utilização de modos alternativos de energia, obtidos através do aproveitamento das energias renováveis e da água do mar, como fonte de energia alternativa para os transportes locais e sem pegada de carbono, conforme promovida pela iniciativa europeia COM(2010)2020. O projeto inclui a inovação tecnológica, através da instalação de uma planta piloto, a criação de políticas enquadradoras e a análise da sustentabilidade relativamente à produção, distribuição e utilização de hidrogénio como vetor energético alternativo em regiões remotas do Atlântico. A energia necessária será gerada a partir dos recursos renováveis disponíveis no Espaço Atlântico, designadamente solar, eólica e marinha.

O projeto SEAFUEL visa dinamizar o crescimento verde e a economia azul e a criação das condições adequadas à concretização das politicas da União Europeia para valorização das energias renováveis nos sistemas de transporte limpos e sustentáveis. Devido à dependência das infraestruturas continentais, os territórios isolados, como as regiões insulares, enfrentam o desafio particular com os sobrecustos no aprovisionamento de combustíveis e na produção de energia elétrica. O projeto desenvolver-se-á nestas regiões onde o setor dos transportes contribui com 30% para o consumo de combustíveis fósseis.

O projeto SEAFUEL visa a redução das emissões de gases com efeitos de estufa, PM e NO2, em linha com a Diretiva 2008/50/EC relativa à qualidade do ar do ambiente e a um ar mais limpo na Europa, e criar um caminho para que as regiões insulares sejam independentes energeticamente, com efeito replicador para a criação de futuras instalações energéticas em outras regiões do Atlântico. Será desenvolvido um modelo de oferta de energia alternativo para que as ilhas envolvidas no projeto cumpram os requisitos das Estratégias de Inovação Regional (RIS3), visando uma economia de baixo carbono e o uso eficiente dos recursos endógenos, incluindo os recursos marinhos.

WP 1

Project coordination

SEAFUEL will be effectively coordinated by the Lead Partner which will dedicate staff members and a part-time manager to deal with the day-to-day duties. The LP will oversee the management of each WP, led by AIET (WP2), AR (WP3), ITER (WP4), CFOAT (WP5), AREAM (WP6) and NUIG-SEMRU (WP7). Each WP has the participation of a numberof partners and the WP leader will ensure their efficient and effective involvement. NUIG will supervise the activities in line with the subsidy contract and agreement. The overall budget will be implemented by LP who has extensive expertise in coordinating/partnering with EU projects. Internal audits will be held and an external auditor will evaluate FLC annually, this has been included in the appropriate budget lines.

WP 2

Project Communication

The SEAFUEL Dissemination and Communication Plan will aim to have a visible project in the AA and strong dissemination of results among targets and stakeholders, it will be developed by AIET. The plan, which will contain the obligations established on the Regulation (EU) 1303/2013, will be continuously being updated and will describe the communication channels and tools most suitable to disseminate and to promote the project in its different phases, fitting with defined communication approaches. The role of each partner will be clearly identified, being expected to play active roles in updating and supplying information for each of separate communication methods, although each region will have a communication coordinator. This Plan will explain in detail how, what and when the activities will be developed (Website; Facebook; branding and promotional materials; press releases; seminars and workshops; etc.). Communication actions will mainly target: general public and  students (increase awareness and public acceptance of this technology); local administrations (support local engagement and the integration of this technology in their energy plans); and further key actors and multipliers, EU institutions and networks (promote the project and its results beyond the projects’ own community to the wide European public and ensure the sustainability and the replicability of the project). Specific activities are explained within each action.

WP 3

Capitalization

Describe how the capitalization strategy will be implemented during the project life-time including an explanation of how partners will be involved (who will do what)
This work package is about capitalizing on the project outputs, including after the lifetime of the project, and about sustainability and initiatives during the projects lifetime which will ensure transferability. WP3 will ensure that all potential stakeholders in the Atlantic Area Regions are involved in and wish to avail of the exploitation of innovations resulting
from SEAFUEL. Stakeholders include local transport authorities, transport operators, policy makers, strategy makers, fuel suppliers, regional administrations, local governmental organizations and the public.

WP 4

Demonstration and Implementation of H2
Technology

The main objective is to reduce anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases associated with transport, in line with the philosophy of the partnership and the EU directives.
To this end, a fully functional hydrogen-generating pilot plant capable of supplying fuel to a fleet of vehicles will be assembled. As an added value, improvements will be sought in the process of obtaining hydrogen by analysing these processes and making the necessary technical adjustments to work with the resources available, i.e. at night-time no
solar energy is obtained. ITER will lead the WP with the active participation of NUIG, UoL, HyEn and LEL. The latter will assemble the refueller and perform a pre-test with the support of HyEn while ITER installs the auxiliary infrastructures, as well as the land, to set up the pilot plant. NUIG and UoL will develop materials with enhanced performance for
hydrogen production that will be tested in a lab scale at ITER with LEL’s support. In addition, ITER will partially replace the fleet of diesel fuelled vehicles by hydrogen-powered and these will be monitored to report back their performance to the studies in WP5. The pilot plant will be virtualized by AIET as part of WP3. Main risks are identified as delays on the delivery of equipment that might jeopardize the development of activities. This has been minimized by contacting the relevant parties at project’s inception, with the support of HyEn whom has been involved in other EU projects on hydrogen.

WP 5

H2 Deployment in Special Regions

Teams consisting of a designated partner in each of the special regions (CFOAT and AREAM) will be centrally coordinated to research the existing pattern of transport technologies. A breakdown of vehicle type, fuel mix, and existing financial costs of current transport types will be produced. Public and private transport sector attitudes to hydrogenization of transport will be examined through public consultation in each region.
Full-field studies will provide a template for the expected scale and depth of opportunities and impacts of the future applications of SEAFUEL in other regions. The study will identify opportunities and threats to SEAFUEL adoption providing a pre-project benchmark for its impacts, defining potential opportunities of full roll-out in the special regions.
HyEn, ITER and LEL will support in the feasibility of technology transfer in each of the regions and the complimentary RE generation best suited to each environment, investigating SEAFUEL’s adaptability to a variety of environments guiding planning of RE Gen technologies for the extension of SEAFUEL to other regions.

WP 6

H2 Policy Regulation

Knowledge and experience with the deployment of hydrogen applications is still not wide spread in regions or national governments. Facilitating the collection of current best practice and implementation this Work Package will accelerate educated decisions on support measures. This WP will look at how specific national and regional policies and
incentives have influenced the development and implementation of relevant INTERREG and hydrogen projects (BIG HIT, Don Quichote, WaterstofNet), and the risks and institutional barriers will be identified.
AREAM and EHA will gather information on existing policy regulation and its impact on various hydrogen projects. It will be analysed to distil a comprehensive set of policy measures, which will be presented in a dedicated workshop on the involved islands to engage local decision makers. This will allow to formulate a feasible policy framework for AA islands and a timeline to put it in place and establish an AA Hydrogen Cluster of stakeholders to explore H2 deployment pathways.

WP 7

Sustainability and Impact Analysis

Teams consisting of a designated partner in each of the special regions (CFOAT and AREAM) will be centrally coordinated to research the existing pattern of transport technologies. A breakdown of vehicle type, fuel mix, and existing financial costs of current transport types will be produced. Public and private transport sector attitudes to hydrogenization of transport will be examined through public consultation in each region.
Full-field studies will provide a template for the expected scale and depth of opportunities and impacts of the future applications of SEAFUEL in other regions. The study will identify opportunities and threats to SEAFUEL adoption providing a pre-project benchmark for its impacts, defining potential opportunities of full roll-out in the special regions.
HyEn, ITER and LEL will support in the feasibility of technology transfer in each of the regions and the complimentary RE generation best suited to each environment, investigating SEAFUEL’s adaptability to a variety of environments guiding planning of RE Gen technologies for the extension of SEAFUEL to other regions.