Farmers attending Cereals got their first look at New Holland’s second generation T6.180 Methane Power tractor.
“We’re delighted to bring our Methane Power tractor to the UK and give British and Irish farmers the opportunity to see it for the first time,” said James Ashworth, marketing manager for New Holland Agriculture UK and ROI.
“This second generation prototype marks an important stage in achieving New Holland’s goal of energy independent farming. Biomethane, as a renewable source of energy, is an exciting prospect for powering tomorrow’s agricultural machinery.”
The second generation prototype is based on a New Holland T6.180 standard tractor and features a 175hp (129kW) Nef 6 engine developed by FPT Industrial that delivers 740 Nm torque.
The 9 gas cylinders have a total capacity of 300 litres (52kg) compressed methane, sufficient for approximately half a day of normal tractor operations.
It can also bring fuel cost savings of up to 20% claim New Holland. On environmental performance the new machine has 80% less polluting emissions than a standard diesel tractor. CO2 emissions can be further reduced by using biomethane (methane derived from biomass). The switch from methane to biomethane can be made without changes to the tractor or the fuel distribution network, which opens up opportunities for achieving overall greenhouse gas reduction targets.
Farms with their own anaerobic digestion plants and the ability to grow their own biomass can benefit from a further reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs could be cut by as much as 40%.