According to the Power Engineering website, Mackie’s of Scotland is investigating using surplus energy from wind turbines to produce and store hydrogen. Back in May, Mackie’s of Scotland announced plans to exclusively run its operations on renewable energy resources. The Power Engineering story goes on to say that “Maitland Mackie firmly believes his vision can be made to work to create a new band of rural entrepreneurs.”
The volatility of international oil prices and the strategic uncertainty surrounding the arrival of peak oil has called into question the sustainability of many traditional institutions like family-owned dairy farms. Most family-owned dairy farms don’t have the resources to adapt to rapid swings in commodity prices cause by oil price shocks. And there is no way they can possibly withstand the economic turmoil associated with peak oil.
For those tasked with supporting sustainability, the negative impact of high oil prices on family farms and the strategic uncertainty of peak oil is not new but hydrogen convergence is. As you know, hydrogen convergence is a framework for achieving sustainability that is modeled on the business processes that led to the rapid deployment of Internet assets. And it provides the only means of reaching the scale necessary to decouple the entire United States Economy from the roller coaster rides that international oil prices have become.
The reason that hydrogen convergence is so important for farmers is because hydrogen can be produced tactically. This means that the prices can be set regionally and not affected by international pricing. There is also the potential to build strategic networks to deploy hydrogen infrastructure much like the public-private partnerships that already exist to deliver broadband services to rural customers.