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The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) and Cenex are assessing the future potential for hydrogen to replace fossil fuels on farms, in a project focussed on the Yorkshire farming sector.

The project will focus on farm-based hydrogen production and storage, plus distribution, for use in local heating applications and for fuelling of hydrogen powertrains in rural use, with the results helping to support a wider project in which East Coast Hydrogen — a collaboration between Northern Gas Networks, Cadent and National Gas — is exploring access to hydrogen.

Laura Palcznski, Innovation for Agriculture, comments on hydrogen project and the importance of farmers' views

Laura Palczynski from Innovation for Agriculture (pictured left), who is managing the RASE involvement in the project, highlighted that the project will ensure the farming sector is not left out of wider explorations of the potential for using H2 to replace fossil fuels.

“It’s essential that farming voices are heard from the early stages of exploring the potential for the transition from fossil fuels to those that will help us reach net zero.”

“The online workshops will delve into the potential for use of alternative fuels on farms and will explore what is required to make H2 and other gas fuels more available and affordable in areas without a grid connection.”

Farmers can get involved by taking part in the sector specific, online workshops, which will seek their views on how the agricultural sector can move beyond red diesel. Said workshops are open to anyone farming in Yorkshire, with no prior knowledge of H2 fuels required, and will be taking place as follows:

  • Arable & potatoes – 4-5.30pm, Tuesday 28th May
  • Protected horticulture – 4-5.30pm, Thursday 6th June
  • Pig & Poultry – 4-5.30pm, Wednesday 12th June
  • Dairy – 12.30-2pm, Thursday 13th June

For more information and/or to register please visit www.rase.org.uk/events.

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