Sargassum Seaweed for Green Transportation

The island State of Barbados has set the ambitious goal to be 100% fossil fuel free by 2030. In pursuit of that goal, the Government of Barbados has invested in green power production and green public transportation. While electric vehicles will play a significant role in this transition, the need for alternative fuel vehicles will still be substantial. 

Every month, the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) provides a space for academia and industry to have open discussion and collaboration on energy issues. On April 16th, the CCREEE hosted its second Regional Universities Network (RUN) event where Renewable Energy lecturer at the University of the West Indies Cavehill Campus, Dr. Legena Henry, shared a presentation on her current study of sargassum seaweed for green transportation. 

Sargassum seaweed is a prolific, but often unwelcome ocean plant that inhabits many of Barbados’ beaches. During her presentation entitled ‘Sargassum Seaweed: A Source for Transportation Fuel in Barbados’, Dr. Henry shared how she and her team of Masters candidates have discovered a way to use sargassum and waste from rum distilleries to produce a form of bio-methane that can easily and affordably fuel cars. This work is significant because it touches on almost all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A full recording of the workshop can be viewed here: