Hydrogen-powered electric tractor unveiled

06 September 2010

New Holland have launched a fuel-cell tractor in the USA – described as the first "zero emission tractor of the future."

The hydrogen-powered electric tractor is emission free and “virtually silent to operate”, reports The Independent.

“The tractor can produce 106 hp/142 kW, and runs on hydrogen stored in tanks, which New Holland believes makes it ideal for farmers. Unlike many people, New Holland claims, farmers have the space to install alternative electricity generation systems, such as solar, wind, biomass or waste, and then store that power as hydrogen.

In June, researchers working under the European Union's "RAMseS" renewable energy project unveiled a solar-powered tractor, capable of doing the work of a conventional 40 hp/54 kW tractor. The researchers calculated that their vehicle would release 57.16 tonnes of carbon dioxide over a 30-year lifespan, compared to over 757 tonnes from a standard tractor. The vehicle is now being tested at an olive farm in Lebanon - where there is enough sun to make solar farming a reality.

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