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Rural Hydrogen Event

NFU Scotland hosted the opening meeting of its (RDI) autumn programme last month and visited the innovative Levenmouth Community Energy Project at Methil in Fife on Thursday 1 October.

Rural Hydrogen

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.”

Other speakers were David Hogg from Bright Green Hydrogen Ltd who spoke about how Electrolysers and Fuel Cells work and Mark Stanton from Clean Power Solutions who provided interesting examples of how the technology can be used on Farms.

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.

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