The arrival of this pilot installation in Tenerife is one of the most important milestones of the project, which seeks to demonstrate the technological, social and economic viability of the implementation of renewable fuels for transport in islands and isolated regions.

Green hydrogen is a clean fuel that, through a fuel cell, generates electricity and can power a vehicle.

The partners and associate partners of the European project SEAFUEL, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg Atlantic Area Program, presented yesterday the pilot plant of the project, the first hydrogen refueling station installed in the Canary Islands.

This pilot plant, pioneer in the islands, is located in Tenerife in the Institute of Technology and of Renewable Energies (ITER).

The arrival of this facility in Tenerife is one of the most important milestones of the project, which will try to demonstrate the technological, social and economic viability of the implementation of fuels of renewable origin for transport in island and isolated regions.

The arrival of the installation to the island and its future connection starts the last phase of the project, which includes the commissioning of the station, the production of green hydrogen from renewable energies and desalinated water, and its control and monitoring.

The presentation ceremony, which took place at ITER, was attended by representatives of the project’s partner entities, including the National University of Ireland NUI-Galway, the Aran Islands Energy Cooperative, the University of Liverpool, Action Renewables, HyEnergy Consultancy, Logan Energy, the Madeira Regional Energy Agency, the Tenerife Island Energy Agency, the Technological and Renewable Energy Institute; as well as with partners Hyundai Canarias and Toyota Canarias.

Those attending the event, which began with the interventions of the CEO of ITER, Eduardo Ballesteros, and the Doctor in Inorganic Chemistry of the NUI-Galway University and coordinator of the SEAFUEL project, Pau Farrás, had the opportunity to visit and learn about the operation of the hydrogen from the hand of the project technicians.

With a production capacity of about 10 kg of hydrogen per day, this facility will be able to produce hydrogen through the electrolysis of water from the ITER desalination plant and making use of the energy of the institute’s renewable facilities.

During the event and accompanying the installation, part of the SEAFUEL fleet was also exhibited, composed so far of a total of 5 hydrogen vehicles: two Toyota Mirai and a Hyundai Nexo, loaned by the project partners, Toyota Canarias and Hyundai Canarias respectively; and 3 work vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell range extended electric vehicles which will be used to carry out ITER maintenance tasks. These vehicles, which will soon be able to fill at the pilot plant, will be used by project partners to carry out studies on the socio-economic impact of the implementation of this technology in isolated communities.

Likewise, the Virtual Tour of the HRS was presented, a dissemination tool designed to showcase the elements that make up the installation, the operation of the plant and the production of green hydrogen as a new viable renewable fuel for transport.

The presentation event of the hydrogen was part, together with the seminar of the Triple Hydrogen Alliance “Hydrogen Islands, opportunities and challenges” and the symposium “SOLAR2CHEM X SEAFUEL”, of the SEAFUEL conference, a three-day program dedicated to renewable fuels and other innovative technologies held from March 30 to April 1 in Tenerife.

The SEAFUEL project, Sustainable integration of renewable fuels in local transport systems, has a budget of € 3,647,632.96 and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Atlantic Area Program.

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10:00 h
Welcome to SEAFUEL event & Hydrogen Triple Alliance
10:30 h
Pau Farras
10:50 h
Moving towards sustainable islands
Jan Cornillie - EU Clean Islands Initiative
11:10 h
Clean islands transition linked to sustainable tourism
John Dale Beckley – Canary Green
11:30 h
Hydrogen innovation in islands
Pedro Casero - Hydrogen Europe Research
Green hydrogen production from solar and seawater
11:45 h
Bill Ireland – Logan Energy
Wind to hydrogen, on-shore vs off-shore
Frank Adams - GICON
12:05 h
Marine Energy harvesting to hydrogen
Diana Raine – Smart Hydrogen Consulting
12:25 h
Panel discussion and Q&A audience
12:45 h
Lunch break – poster showcase
13:15 h
Hydrogen Island Roadmaps – The Tenerife case
Josh Williamson – HyEnergy
14:30 h
HGV mobility in islands, infrastructure deployment
Jon Bjorn Skúlason – New Icelandic Energy
14:50 h
Hydrogen Islands, opportunities and challenges
Implementation of a hydrogen project, refuelling urban buses
Andrew Morrisson - Energia
15:10 h
Hydrogen fuel cells as a reliable power supply
Santiago Díaz - Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias
15:30 h
REXH2: The on-board solution for zero-emission navigation
Fernando Szabados – EODev
15:50 h
An all-island approach, the Mallorca Case
María Jaén - Enagas
16:10 h
Panel discussion and Q&A audience
16:30 h
Room Cibeles, Cleopatra Hotel
10:10 h
Strategy for the Atlantic islands
Ismael Morán-García - Joint Secretariat INTERREG Atlantic Area
Delivering of green hydrogen for mobility, maritime and remote energy production
Marc Lavine - Sunrhyse
16:50 h
March 31
10:30 h
SEAFUEL H2 Refuelling Station presentation • ITER’s CEO: Eduardo Ballesteros • SEAFUEL coordinator: Pau Farras Visit to the pilot plant
11:30 h
Visit to other ITER’s facilities (Photovoltaics laboratory, D-ALiX, supercomputer TeideHPC - TBC)
12:30 h
Cocktail at ITER’s Visitor Centre
SEAFUEL Hydrogen Refuelling Station Launch
April 01
08:30 h
Welcome and Registration SOLAR2CHEM event
09:00 h
08:55 h
Opening Remarks
Prof. Gabriele Centi – University of Messina
Prof. Alexander Cowan – University of Liverpool
11:00 h
09:35 h
10:25 h
10:10 h
Prof. Adélio Mendes – University of Porto
Prof. Sophia Haussener – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Dr. Fatwa F. Abdi – Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin
lunch BREAK
12:35 h
11:35 h
Dr. Luis Villalba – CTO of Sunrgyze project
Dr. Gaia Neri – Enapter
13:45 h
13:10 h
14:55 h
14:20 h
Round-table discussion, Q&A, Closing remarks
16:55 h
15:10 h
Poster session