Generating sustainable energy on agricultural land and converting it into hydrogen on the farm

H2arvester is a circular energy system for the local generation and use of sustainable energy, through the use of abundant agricultural land without loss of crop production.

H2arvester’s solar cars are constructed in the form of a matrix of solar panels, which move autonomously on the agricultural land of arable farmers, dairy farmers and over ditches.
Because the solar panels are mobile, H2arvester can be seen as an ‘extra crop’ in the rotary cultivation of arable farmers and tulip bulb growers. Also for dairy farmers, with whom the H2arvester solar cars “rotate” with the outdoor grazing and/or move over ditches, this literally means double use of agricultural land and extra income is generated, with a maximum land occupation of 10% per hectare.

The yield from the solar panels can be processed at the farms into green hydrogen (H2) and stored, in order to balance the production ánd use of the generated energy (hydrogen and heat), without increasing the electricity grid. The hydrogen stock can also be supplied to third parties, such as agricultural cooperatives, energy corporations, industries or the own village.

The agricultural industry is on the cutting edge, the ‘sweet spot’ of the sustainability tasks for the rural area: sustainable energy, more soil health and better earnings models.

Circular energy and economy in the agricultural sector

H2arvester is a circular energy model for a local and/or regional economy: local-for-local & scale-by-scale. Regional employment is leading and is in line with the concept of the “Short chain”: local producers add value to the environment and short chains help to realise the ambitions for a circular agriculture. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the energy transition to sustainable energy and a sustainable economy at a local and regional level, in addition to the large-scale production of energy. This also includes a better earnings model for farmers! Farms are ideal locations to build the circular energy model, because of the possibility to produce energy, but also heat “in the scale of the region”, which can be used locally throughout the seasons.

Key points

• Decarbonise (decarbonisation)
• Dynamic (dynamisation)
• Digitise (digitisation)
• Decentral (decentralisation)
• Democratic (democratisation)
• regional Development

Who is H2arvester

H2arvester VOF is a partnership for research, product development and realisation of movable and autonomous systems of solar panels for the generation of solar energy. H2arvester VOF was founded by L’orèl Consultancy BV from Groningen and npk design BV from Leiden. L’orèl Consultancy, npk design and LTO Noord are the inventors of the H2arvester system and have all the qualifications for energy research, technical development, facilitating pilots and outsourcing the production. H2arvester won the RVO competition ‘Solar power in agricultural areas’ at the end of 2017.

Selected Dutch (and preferably local) agricultural mechanisation companies are engaged for the production, installation and maintenance of the mobile solar systems. For the realisation of the electrical systems, hydrogen production and storage systems, we collaborate with system suppliers and market leaders in these industries.

H2arvester is prize winner

Marcel Vroom
industrial designer
npk design
mvroom@npk.nl
06-22 465 16

“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.”

Rob Jacobs
energy specialist
L’orèl Consultancy
jacobs@lorel.nl
06-55 378 188

“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.”

Wouter Veefkind
specialist climate and energy
LTO Noord
wveefkind@projectenltonoord.nl
06-22 693 944

“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…

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