March 18, 2013
“This is the basis for New Holland’s Clean Energy Leader position, which includes its pioneering work with biofuels, Tier 4 low-emission technologies, biomass, the NH2 hydrogen tractor (photo) and the Energy Independent Farm concept as well as initiatives related to the Carbon footprint reduction.”
New Holland’s experimental hydrogen-powered NH2™ tractor is a shining example of our commitment to making agricultural equipment that is at the cutting edge of innovation, while at the same time honors our tradition of smart, simple operation. Through this and other projects, we hope to provide farmers with new ideas that will one day allow them to achieve fuel autonomy. To see the NH2 in action, view video below.
The NH2 tractor is a 106-hp working prototype able to perform all the tasks of a T6000 tractor while operating almost silently and emitting only heat and water. The fuel cell generates less heat than an internal combustion engine; offers a consistent output of power; and does not produce polluting nitrogen oxides, soot particles or carbon dioxide. The clean operation of the tractor brings added health benefits when working in confined areas, such as barns or greenhouses.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles, such as the NH2 have been in development for several years, offering many benefits over battery-driven vehicles, which are efficient only in a stop-and-start cycle and take a long time to recharge.
Farmers are in a unique position to benefit from hydrogen technology. They have the space to install alternative electricity generation systems, such as solar, wind, biomass or waste, and then store that power as hydrogen. Apart from the environmental benefits, such a system would allow farmers to become energy independent and improve their financial stability.
The NH2 hydrogen-powered concept tractor and energy-independent farm concept puts an easier, safer, cleaner and more efficient future within reach.
New Holland’s Energy Independent Farm and NH2 tractor concept won the coveted Gold medal at the 2009 SIMA Innovation Awards Show in Paris. SIMA awards are selected every two years by a 15-judge panel of experts. The awards represent the best in technology and innovation in the agricultural industry.
From its origins, New Holland is characterized for making farming activity easier and more efficient, through innovative and affordable products, aimed to simplify people’s life and to allow them to do more with less. This pioneering spirit had led us to look always further, anticipating the evolution of farming in an ever changing scenario.
The current situation.
Fuel and energy represent a large amount of the farmers input costs. Farmers are scattered and dispersed around the country. Therefore, the costs of bringing fuel and energy are also very high.
What do the farmers need?
Farmers need to minimize their risks and keep their operating costs low. They need stability and independence to better control their business operation.
What do the farmers have?
Farmers normally have a large amount of available space.
And a large amount of resources that can be used to produce energy.
The New Holland solution
The Energy Independent Farm is a new approach, where farmers will be able to generate their own energy to run their farm and agricultural equipment.
And all of this will be done using Hydrogen, 100% generated from renewable resources, which farmers have plenty of.
Published: Zarai Media Team