New Vision of Mobility!
Transport represents almost a quarter of World’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and is the main cause of air pollution in cities. Within this sector, road transport is by far the biggest emitter accounting for more than 70% of all GHG emissions from transport in 2014.
Sustainable transport requires new technologies for cars, buses, ferries, fuel infrastructure and energy storage. SINTEF has extensive expertise in these technologies. Unless transport is fuelled by renewable fuel, such as solar, it will be difficult to achieve significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, especially in urban areas which are already built around cars.
The project "Solar Fuelled Electric Maritime Mobility" by SINTEF seeks to demonstrate the feasibility and the social, economic and environmental benefits of solar-fuelled electric boat transport in Tunisia and the wider region. The overall objectives of the project are:
Build a demonstration case of solar fueled electric ferry
Perform cost-benefit analysis and feasibility assessment of renewable energy based maritime public transport
Orginize capacity building workshops for relevant stakeholders and influencers.
“The transport sector is responsible for nearly a quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. It also has significant public health impacts,... The answer is not less transport – it is sustainable transport. We need transport systems that are environmentally friendly, efficient, affordable, and accessible.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
“We are extremely honoured to receive this grant from the United Nations, rewarding SINTEF for leadership and innovative practises in energy for sustainable development. Our vision is 'Technology for a better society', and it is essential to develop new and innovative energy solutions to succeed ...
This Award really is for my SINTEF colleagues. For their daily dedication, perseverance and commitment to science and research for our vision...
This Award is also for our project partners; Ecole Nationale d'Ingenieur de Tunis, Regional Environmental Center in Hungary, European Centre for Women and Technology and, in particular, the Tunisian Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME). ANME has the mission to promote the Tunisian Solar Plan aiming to achieve the target of 30 % solar in the electricity mix by 2030. SINTEF is standing together with ANME in order to build competences and capacities required to tackle not only the technological, but also the legal and financial bottlenecks hindering the development of this plan.”