The pilot project is being developed by scientists at the James Hutton Institute and involves retrofitting the current rural farm and its associated buildings to use hydrogen as both an energy storage medium and source of power. Under the plans, hydrogen would be produced using local water sources in an on-site electrolyser, with batteries used for short-term energy storage.
Farm vehicles which would normally rely on polluting diesel would be replaced by electric and hydrogen-fuelled versions, while solar panels, and wind turbines will also provide additional energy sources.
According to the Institute, which has received £6.2 million of Scottish Government funds to pursue the scheme, a feasibility study has already been carried out which appears to confirm the theory that such farms can be successful net-zero carbon energy producers and exporters through a combination of renewable electricity, on-site green hydrogen production, compression and storage.

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