H2ARVESTER is a matrix of solar panels that move autonomously on the farmland of arable farmers and dairy farming, and over ditches. Because the solar panels are mobile, H2ARVESTER can be seen as an ‘extra crop’ in the rotational cultivation of arable farmers. For dairy farmers, where H2ARVESTERs cross the land between cattle or across ditches, this is literally double use of agricultural land and extra income is generated.
Graphic shows how electrolysis could produce hydrogen as a way to store renewable energy. During the day, solar panels supply surplus electricity for electrolysis, producing hydrogen. At night, hydrogen would be combined with oxygen from the air to generate electricity. (Jakob Kibsgaard)
The yield of the solar panels can be processed into hydrogen (H2) and stored, in order to balance the production and use of the energy generated, without the need for a reinforcements the electricity network. The harvested hydrogen can also be supplied to third parties, such as agricultural cooperatives, energy companies and industry.
H2ARVESTER, in 2 options
Moving solar panels, on mobile ‘creep’-construction. A segment moves to the next segment per season / year.
Autonomous moving solar panels, moving between the livestock, crops and across ditches.
• double use of agricultural land
• minimal damage to the land
• flexible and scalable
• no E-network reinforcement needed
• clean storage of energy
• autonomous systems
H2ARVESTER: Autonomously moving solar panels for multiple use of agricultural land with energy storage in hydrogen. This design by Marcel Vroom (npk design), Rob Jacobs (L’Orèl Consultancy) and Auke Jan Veenstra (LTO Noord) is the prize winner of the RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency) competition ‘Solar power in agricultural areas’.
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“They are movable arrays of solar panels, assembled on lightweight structures and supported on wheels, moving in pre-defined directions. The solar energy is processed into hydrogen (H2) and stored locally. Hydrogen supply is used locally when needed; for example, the surplus is delivered to a dairy processor.”
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“The solution to convert the generated kWh directly into hydrogen not only provides an autonomous production plant, but is also a solution to the need to balance the production and use of generated energy without worrying about reinforcements of the electricity network.”
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“Because of my work for the agricultural organization I work on innovations that encourage multifunctional land use. Because the solar power plant is mobile, it can for example be seen as an additional crop in rotational cultivation that many arable farmers use. In the variant where the installation “crawls over the land”, there is literally double use of agricultural land. “
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