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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tractor

Posted By Jorge Chapa On March 3, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 1 Comment

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When we were little, many of us were fascinated with the big machines that make our world go round. Although we may have forgotten about them, New Holland [2] just gave us another reason to reminisce. The recently revealed New Holland NH2 is a tractor based on their T6000 line with one fundamental difference: it’s powered by an emission-free hydrogen fuel cell [2].

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While at first this may not seem like a remarkable achievement, the new tractor shows how alternative fuel technologies [3] are making inroads into areas where you would least expect them. The NH2′s fuel cell battery [4] creates no emissions during operation and generates around 106 horsepower. It runs on an electric motor which is powered for roughly 1.5 to 2 hours on a single hydrogen tank. Granted this is not much, but this is still a prototype.

The NH2 is not the first heavy-duty machine [5] to use alternative fuel technologies [6], but it is the first one designed to be put towards commercial use. Testing on the prototype machines will begin soon with an expected release in 3 years.

+ New Holland [2]

Via Farmers Weekly Interactive [7]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/03/hydrogen-fuel-cell-tractor-by-new-holland/

[2] New Holland: http://agriculture.newholland.com/uk/en/WNH/hydrogen/Pages/Default.aspx

[3] alternative fuel technologies: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/03/bmw-hydrogen-car-cleans-the-air/

[4] fuel cell battery: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/17/medis-technology-portable-fuel-cell-charger/

[5] heavy-duty machine: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/17/transportation-tuesday-ges-mega-hybrids/

[6] alternative fuel technologies: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/15/oilgae-the-next-biofuel-from-algae/

[7] Farmers Weekly Interactive: http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/2009/02/07/114186/fw-exclusive-new-hollands-fuel-cell-tractor-breaks-cover-in-italy.html

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