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Scotland's HydroGlen Project Aims for Energy Independence in Farming

November 17, 2023
The HydroGlen project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The HydroGlen project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Courtesy The James Hutton Institute

How can we decarbonise the agricultural sector? A farm in North East Scotland is exploring combining wind and solar energy with hydrogen as a viable solution. Our U.K. Applied Science team worked closely with ITPEnergised, Water to Water and The James Hutton Institute to develop the HydroGlen project concept to make a working farm and its community powered exclusively by renewable energy and green hydrogen. The project plans to integrate on-site renewable energy, fuel cells and energy storage using batteries and hydrogen to demonstrate the feasibility of a self-reliant operational farm. It will serve as a scalable model for other farming communities. Green hydrogen, with its high-energy density storage capacity, provides a clean and affordable solution, replacing hydrocarbons in gas turbines, boilers and combustion engines. The concept also includes on-site vehicle refuelling for hydrogen and electric vehicles. Thornton Tomasetti provided hydrogen and hazard management expertise to develop the design of the hydrogen system central to the HydroGlen scheme. Currently in the tender phase, the deadline for participation is 22 November 2023.

Read more about the HydroGlen project