Generate sustainable energy and produce green hydrogen


Circular agriculture comes in reach with H2arvester

H2arvester is a fantastic example of a system innovation in which npk design was involved from the very start. H2arvester, literally ‘hydrogen harvester’, is a mobile solar panel system that generates sustainable energy and produces green hydrogen. With its wealth of applications, H2arvester offers an interesting solution for a circular agricultural sector.

H2arvester has the potential to be agriculture’s key contribution to the energy transition

During the years that a break crop is grown on a plot, rolling solar panels are used to harvest the sun and convert this into hydrogen. As it is a mobile system, the farmer doesn’t lose any agricultural land. It even enables a double harvest, because farmers will be able to harvest solar energy with the H2arvester in addition to their regular yield.

On the farm, an electrolyser is used to convert this solar energy into green hydrogen and heat, which is then utilised locally. Research has shown that farmers can in any event cover their own energy needs and can almost certainly also supply energy to the village or nearby industry. The residual heat released from the electrolyser can, for example, be used to dry crops (grass, bulbs or potatoes).

H2arvester by npk design

Design, design thinking and consultancy

The H2arvester project is a fantastic challenge. We use our experience, working method and our approach to product development processes to devise system innovations. We have a key coordinating role in the H2arvester project as is often the case in large projects; creating a playing field, bringing stakeholders together, facilitating brainstorming sessions and using design thinking to conduct research. We are also strong in visualising and presenting results and always devise product solutions that are manufacturable on an industrial scale.

The H2arvester idea won the RVO competition for the ‘Best idea for using solar power in the agricultural sector’. We were then contracted by Cleantech Regio, RVO and the Goeree-Overflakke H2GO programme to conduct various feasibility studies, all with positive results. Development partners who would like to invest funding and energy in realising prototypes and a first series are currently being sought.

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