Night and day for the past six months, a bright blue tractor has sat atop the sloping roof of the Sustainable Farm Pavilion at the 2015 Expo in Milan, Italy. The alternative fuel technology powering that tractor is a promising peek into the future of agriculture, one where farms will be energy independent and able to reduce their environmental footprint.
The T6 Methane Power tractor is a second-generation prototype based on a standard New Holland T6 tractor. What makes it different from current T6 Series tractors is that it is powered by a natural gas engine manufactured by FPT International, a sister company of New Holland.
“The T6 Methane Power tractor is an example of the type of forward-thinking innovation that the world has come to expect from New Holland Agriculture,” said Chun Woytera, Senior Director of Marketing for New Holland North America. “New Holland strives to solve real-world problems our customers are experiencing, and the Methane Power tractor will help our customers increase productivity while decreasing energy dependence.”
A new video produced by CNH Industrial, parent of global agriculture machinery brand New Holland Agriculture, takes a closer look at the Methane Power tractor and what it is capable of achieving.
In the video, CNH Industrial speaks to representatives from New Holland about the Methane Power tractor’s presence at Expo 2015 as well as its real world testing at the ‘La Bellotta’ farm in Venaria,
Italy, where it is undergoing field trials. La Bellotta is the farm where New Holland Agriculture is deploying its “Energy Independent Farm” concept. The objective is to generate the energy it needs from the crops it already grows, alongside recycled waste byproducts, to run its operations and farming equipment. “With biogas innovation, we’ve been able to restart investment and re-employ people. This is the result of a virtuous process,” says Luca Remmert, owner of La Bellotta Farm.
Watch the video on the CNH Industrial YouTube Channel: youtu.be/2Liv1ksdcMw
As Expo 2015 reaches its close at the end of October, the past six months has allowed New Holland Agriculture to educate international visitors on sustainable farming practices through its Sustainable Farm Pavilion and to bring global attention to its Methane Power tractor and Energy Independent Farm concept.
The potential footprint of New Holland’s methane tractor
The second generation T6 Methane Power tractor can bring fuel cost savings of 20% to 40%. In terms of environmental performance, it has 80% lower polluting emissions than a standard diesel tractor.
Carbon dioxide emissions can be further reduced by using biomethane, methane derived from biomass. The only changes to a standard tractor are those associated with the biomethane fuel, all other areas remain unaffected; this opens up great opportunities for achieving overall greenhouse gas reduction targets. In the context of a future Energy Independent Farm, such as La Bellotta, which can grow the biomass and recycle its waste byproducts to produce its own biomethane, not only could carbon dioxide emissions be eliminated, but fuel costs could also be cut by as much as 40%.