Pioneering technology

Scots firm helps islanders by turning seawater into fuel

Bill IrelandIslanders in Tenerife may soon be using seawater to power local transport thanks to pioneering technology being developed in East Lothian.

Logan Energy is working on a project that that converts seawater into hydrogen to use as fuel. Other renewable resources such as wind and marine can also be used.

The SEAFUEL project may provide a solution for islands like Tenerife, which face the specific challenge of expensive fuel imports.

Logan Energy is the hydrogen technology partner for the €3.6 million EU-funded project, which aims to prove that renewable fuels can be used in transportation. The firm is designing and building a hydrogen generation and refuelling station at its Technology Centre in Wallyford ahead of it being installed in Tenerife at the end of 2019.

The project is co-financed by the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme through the European Regional Development Fund, and aims to support green initiatives and promote international cooperation among 36 Atlantic regions across five European countries.

Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, pictured, said: “We are delighted that SEAFUEL has been given the go ahead and that Logan Energy is to be the hydrogen partner for this innovative project.”

Logan Energy will work with SEAFUEL’s other project partners to review the feasibility of transferring the technology to similar island regions where 30% of fuel consumption comes from transport.

Mr Ireland added: “It’s important to remember that this project is hugely significant not just for remote communities in Europe, but around the world. The islands and their inhabitants rely on imported fossil fuels but can in fact become partially or wholly self-sufficient in terms of energy. The SEAFUEL project will go a long way to facilitating the transition to a low carbon economy.”

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