The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) and Cenex are undertaking a project to assess the potential for hydrogen to replace fossil fuels on farms.

The work will inform a wider project in which East Coast Hydrogen — a collaboration between Northern Gas Networks, Cadent and National Gas, is exploring access to hydrogen.

The focus of the Yorkshire hydrogen study will include on-farm hydrogen production and storage plus distribution, for use in local heating applications and for fuelling of hydrogen powertrains in rural use.

Agriculture’s involvement

Laura Palczynski from Innovation for Agriculture is managing RASE’s involvement in the project and says it’ll ensure the farming sector isn’t left out of wider explorations of the potential for using hydrogen 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 to reach net zero,” she says.

Online workshops

Farmers in Yorkshire can be involved by taking part in an online workshop which will seek views on how the agricultural sector can move beyond red diesel.

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

The workshops are open to anyone farming in Yorkshire, with no prior knowledge of hydrogen fuels required. They’re sector specific with the arable & potato session taking place on Tuesday 28 May, 4-5:30pm.

To register for an online workshop, visit