New Holland experiments with unconventional fuel

7/21/2015 2:56:20 PM by

New Holland has revealed a first-generation prototype of a tractor powered by an unconventional power source — methane. The T6.140 Methane Power tractor represents a momentous advancement in New Holland's journey to achieve their goal of energy independent farming. Made to withstand AG challenges, this machine's high-level truck engine operates on a compressed natural gas system.

The company claims that their experiment has increased energy savings up to 40 percent compared to diesel-powered tractors. The engine only uses a catalytic converter for emission control and the methane burns much cleaner than diesel.

It works by generating methane through renewable biomass produced in the biogas storage apparatus available on the farm. The T6.140 Methane Power offers all the features of a typical tractor and is equipped with a four-cylinder, three-liter engine that creates 135 horsepower and 620 newton-meter torque.

The machine harbors nine tanks to store the compressed methane and its 50 kilogram capacity provides about half a day of autonomy during standard operation. An additional 15-liter tank is also installed, intended to be used as an emergency backup. All of its tanks are smoothly integrated into the design, allowing the tractor to maintain the visibility and ground clearance that standard models can.

The methane propulsion technology utilized to create the T6.140 Methane Power tractor affords multiple environmental advantages, including an 80 percent emissions decrease from the standard diesel engine. Its three-way catalyst assures that the Tier 4B is in compliance on its own without requiring additional after-treatment systems. Using biogas, specifically methane, the tractor's carbon impact is essentially nothing and cuts costs by 25 to 40 percent compared to your usual fuel.

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Methane is a successful alternative to diesel fuel.