Hydrogen usa in the agricultural sector
The Dutch ambition is to fully switch to the use of renewable energy by 2050. The agricultural sector is an important pillar in this regard, because decentralized production of green energy and its use can be directly integrated into agricultural operations. When it comes to generating green energy, many agricultural companies already have a big lead over the rest of the business sector in the Netherlands. They often have large unused surfaces for the installation of solar energy, and a windmill at an agricultural company is no longer unique.
But how do you use the generated energy in your business operations if the generated energy is not immediately usable or cannot be supplied to the electricity network? Take, for example, a livestock farm equipped with the latest technologies and using milking robots, the energy produced from, for example, solar panels is done between 8:00 am and a maximum of 8:00 pm. The milking times and thereby the higher energy demand of the livestock farm are between 6:00 am and 9:00 am and between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm and therefore do not match the production moments of green energy.
Producing hydrogen is then a solution, it can easily be produced locally from green energy, stored locally and converted to energy at a later time, for example to milk the cattle, to be used as fuel for the machines or to generate heat. . Meanwhile, the first machines powered by hydrogen, such as tractors and forklifts, are coming onto the market.