New Holland Agriculture captured a gold and silver medal for the company’s impressive NH2 hydrogen-powered tractor and the advanced EasyDrive transmission innovations at the recent SIMA Farm Show, held every two years in Paris, France.
New Holland’s Energy Independent Farm and NH2 tractor concept offers farmers autonomous future. The Energy Independent Farm concept has far-reaching benefits for its customers, allowing them to create, store and use power in a convenient format. Central to the concept is the ability to produce electricity from natural, environmentally-friendly sources and then reuse that electricity in a convenient and practical way. The impressive hydrogen-powered NH2 tractor is just one part of a greater vision to free farmers from the volatile cost of fuel.
The first tractor in the world to be powered by hydrogen, the concept is a natural fit with New Holland’s Clean Energy Leader position, which saw the company lead the industry with its support for 100% biodiesel without complicated servicing programmes or reduced machine performance.
Based on the popular T6000, the experimental NH2 tractor replaces the traditional combustion engine with hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity. Compressed hydrogen drawn from a tank on the tractor reacts in the fuel cell with oxygen, drawn from the air, to produce water and electrons. The electrons are harnessed in the form of an electric current, which drives electric motors to power the tractor’s drivetrain and auxiliary systems.
“Farmers are in a unique position to benefit from hydrogen technology. Unlike many people, they 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” said Pierre Lahutte, New Holland’s head of Global Product Marketing, Tractors & Telehandlers.
New Holland also received a Special Mention award for its Intelligent User Interface, a fully-automated combine optimization system.
The 25 SIMA Innovation Awards in 2009 were selected from 154 innovations submitted by exhibitors at this prestigious international show.