New Holland Agriculture Debuts World’s First LNG Tractor
06 Jan, 2023 - CNH Industrial N.V. 25 St. James’s Street London, SW1A 1HA United Kingdom New Holland Agriculture debuts world’s first LNG tractor London, December 9, 2022 The importance of energy is at a historic peak. New and efficient ways of generating, using, and storing energy are required to address this global issue.
CNH Industrial keeps its customers moving forward with smart and sustainable equipment and services. Always advancing and evolving to deliver future-proof solutions for farmers, the Company’s long-term R&D investment in alternative fuels is part of what makes us the industry leader in agriculture.
Our global New Holland Agriculture brand has long championed alternative fuels as the future of farming, establishing its Clean Energy Leader Strategy in 2006. Since then, the brand has accumulated vast experience and expertise in this area, developing concepts, prototypes and ultimately the first ever commercialized natural gas tractor: the New Holland T6 Methane Power.
Today, the brand unveils the next step in its Clean Energy journey with the T7 Methane Power LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) pre-production prototype tractor.
T7 LNG: the right blend of autonomy, power, comfort and opportunity
A farm’s carbon footprint is a major factor in determining its sustainability. And farmers still need powerful tractors that can run around the clock. Natural gas, and especially biomethane, are presently the ideal solutions to guarantee higher horsepower machine performance, while also lowering emissions and reducing operating costs.
The T7 Methane Power LNG will more than double the autonomy compared to a CNG design whilst boosting overall farm sustainability. In comparison to the T6 Methane Power CNG, this is a fourfold increase in fuel capacity. LNG is also a key facilitator for the expansion of CNH Industrial’s broader future natural gas portfolio, particularly towards larger and heavier agricultural equipment, as well as construction equipment.
The T7 Methane Power LNG pre-production prototype offers unparalleled performance for an alternative fuel tractor. With its 270hp, it delivers the same power and torque as a diesel tractor while delivering autonomy without the need for any extra tanks. It is also more sustainable, being better than carbon neutral when powered by Liquefied Biomethane sourced from livestock manure/slurry.
Bennamann: a winning partnership and scalable solution for all farms
CNH Industrial values alliances with innovative and disruptive industry players to accelerate time to market for new technologies. To spearhead this latest development, we partnered with Bennamann, a UK-based expert in solutions to capture and repurpose fugitive methane emissions for energy use. Our work together began in March 2021, when we acquired a minority stake in Bennamann Ltd., its research, development, engineering and manufacturing arm. We became their exclusive strategic agricultural technology partner and this cooperation has quickly established concrete future benefits for our customers and the environment.
Bennamann’s multi-patented approach prevents methane from entering the atmosphere (methane is more than 80 times more harmful to global warming than CO2 when measured over 20 years) by ultimately converting it into Liquefied Fugitive Methane (LFM) for use as a ‘better than zero carbon’ biofuel. This solution can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of an average dairy farm by preventing the direct emission of methane from slurry lagoons and tanks, as well as providing a range of additional benefits. These include reducing the use of CO2 intensive chemical fertilizers, the displacement of fossil fuel use in tractors, electricity generation and heat provision, and a reduction in the need for slurry spreading. The CO2 reduction for a 120-cow farm is potentially equivalent to around 100 western households.