New Holland will introduce the NH2 hydrogen fuel cell-powered tractor in North America on 31 August at the 2010 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. The NH2 tractor is a 106 hp (79 kW) working prototype able to perform all the tasks of a tractor while operating virtually silent and emitting zero pollutants.
|New Holland’s NH2 tractor. Click to enlarge.|
New Holland says that its experimental hydrogen-powered tractor is a key element in a project that hopes to free farmers from the cost of purchased fossil-fuel and allow them to achieve fuel autonomy while meeting increasingly stringent emissions standards.
Farmers are in a unique position to benefit from hydrogen technology, the company states. Farmers 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 customers to become energy independent and improve their financial stability.
Based on the New Holland T6000 Series tractor, the experimental NH2 tractor replaces the traditional combustion engine with hydrogen fuel cells.