The SEAFUEL hydrogen car has arrived and we are in love!
The long-awaited moment has finally arrived. Tenerife is now home to the first-ever car powered by seawater. Yes, that’s right! The Hyundai Nexo arrived in Tenerife on the 15th of June 2021. It is one of eight cars to use sustainable hydrogen as its main source of energy. And, ever since the Canary Green team visited the SEAFUEL facilities last year, we have been dying to get a glimpse of this car up close.
Tenerife’s low carbon economy
The concept behind the SEAFUEL project is to develop a low carbon economy in isolated regions such as islands. Tenerife was chosen as the base for this investigation and SEAFUEL have partnered with ITER to make it a reality. The arrival of these cars signals a shift towards a green island future for Tenerife. And, the construction of a hydrogen refuelling plant is also on the cards. This will be the first hydrogen fuelling station of its kind in Tenerife. Not only is this a wildly innovative initiative, but it also boasts huge environmental benefits.
- It will take just 5 minutes to completely refuel one car
- Seawater is the main ingredient required to power the car. It is filtered and hydrogen and oxygen are extracted from the water using a process called electrolysis. The hydrogen then is compressed to produce fuel for the car.
- The result is a zero-emission fuel
- The cars emit water vapour into the air instead of harmful gas.
The future for SEAFUEL hydrogen cars in Tenerife
Once the hydrogen refuelling station arrives from the United Kingdom it will be located at ITER in Tenerife South. It will be used as a way to demonstrate the technological, economic and social impact that the implementation of green fuels has on island life. But, SEAFUEL plans to take this project one step further and allow global access to the installations via a virtual guided tour. Never before has a project of this scale been so accessible and we are excited to see the results.
Who is SEAFUEL?
The SEAFUEL project is a non-profit designed to change the future of transport forever. It is co-funded by INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme 2014-2020. In addition, the project partners include:
- National University of Ireland Galway
- Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teoranta of Ireland the United Kingdom
- The University of Liverpool
- Action Renewables
- HyEnergy Consultancy Limited
- Logan Energy
- The Instituto Tecnológico y de Energías Renovables in Spain
- The Agencia Insular de Energía de Tenerife
- The Regional Energy Agency of Madeira, Portugal