Hydrogen solution to on-farm energy storage

Could hydrogen provide an on-farm solution to energy storage issues for Scotland’s farm renewables sector?
NFU Scotland will use the opening meeting of its Renewables Development Initiative (RDI) autumn programme to visit the innovative Levenmouth Community Project at Methil in Fife on Thursday 1 October.
Energy storage has been a key topic at many of the RDI open days, especially as grid connection constraints hinder an increasing number of renewable energy projects.  
Event hosts, the Levenmouth Community Group, were awarded £4.3M from the Local Energy Scotland Challenge fund in July 2015.  It is an ambitious scheme which will be located at the Hydrogen Office in Methil, Fife and will generate renewable energy for use in creating hydrogen gas to run a fleet of up to 25 hydrogen vehicles. 
The scheme will also use hydrogen as an energy store for grid balancing on the local energy park.  This event is an exciting opportunity to explore hydrogen storage advances, electrolysis, fuel cells and the potential for hydrogen generation to be applied on farm in Scotland.
Iain Todd of the Levenmouth Community Project said: “Many farmers have the potential to develop renewable assets on their land – be that wind energy or solar energy, biomass or anaerobic digestion. But they may have no way to export that energy through the national grid. 
“Converting the energy into hydrogen provides a workable alternative, and applications for the hydrogen fuel are slowly growing. This event will discuss the farming opportunities provided by this exciting new technology.” 
Notes to Editors
  • After its summer recess, NFU Scotland’s Renewables Development Initiative plans to hold six open days between the 1 October 2015 and the end of the year.  The next events for the NFUS Renewable Development Initiative are set out below. 
  • The Union’s three-year RDI project is designed to provide sound, independent advice to farmers and land managers across Scotland on renewable energy.   Through a programme of on-farm events, co-ordinated by Thomas McMillan of Savills Smiths Gore, the initiative has already shown hundreds of Scottish farmers and land managers energy projects that are contributing to farm businesses or are at the planning stage. 
  • These events are FREE to farmers and land managers to attend. If you would like to book a space or join the mailing list, please email or telephone: 0131 344 0888. 
  • If media would like to attend then please contact 
Thursday 1 October 2015 - Hydrogen Storage and Application at the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre (FRIC), Ajax Way, Methil, KY8 3RS. The event will cover, electrolysis, fuel cells and look at exploring the potential for hydrogen generation on farms in Fife.
Week of 26th October - Biomass & Gasification hosted by Hamish Watson, Balring Farm, Mintlaw, Peterhead, AB42 4JN. This will be the third and final RDI visit to Hamish Watson’s Balring Farm following on from the success of the previous open days.  Since the last visit Hamish Watson has invested in a new drying floor and by the time we revisit the farm the gasification system will have had some modifications made to it to improve its operation.  The two wood-chip biomass boilers continue to run on the farm and will again be on display as part of the open day.   Further details on systems installed on Hamish’s farm can be found on our website –
Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

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News Article No.: 173/15

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