Down on the farm with a fuel cell tractor

August 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

My first driving experiences involved a tractor (which perhaps explains a lot about my technique). Tractors are great fun. As well as being rather useful in the agricultural world, obviously. Anyway: forget red diesel, these days tractors are getting greener. This is the New Holland NH2 prototype, complete with a 106bhp fuel cell: it drinks hydrogen, emits only heat and water, operates almost silently and  can do all the work of the T6000 it’s based on.

New Holland points out that “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.”  Why convert to hydrogen and not just use electricity? Longer working times, no need for lengthy charging, greater efficiency, says NH. More, including video of the NH2 in action and an outline of the ‘energy independent farm concept’, at the New Holland website. It’ll apear in public for the first time at the 2010 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, reports Green Car Congress.

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