Zero-emission tractor prototype to make US debut

27 Aug 2010

Created by New Holland, the hydrogen-powered tractor prototype will operate almost silently, emitting zero pollutants and helping to create greener farms in the future

The NH2 hydrogen-powered tractor will make its North American debut on 31 August at the 2010 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa.

According to New Holland, the experimental hydrogen-powered working prototype tractor will help free farmers from the cost of purchased fossil fuels, allowing them to achieve fuel autonomy while also meeting emissions standards.

The experimental NH2 tractor operates by replacing 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 then harnessed in the form of an electric current, which drives electric motors to power the tractor’s drivetrain and auxiliary systems.

New Holland says the NH2’s fuel cell generates 106 hp and emits only heat, vapor and water.

“The tractor has zero emissions because it does not produce polluting nitrogen oxides, soot particles or carbon dioxide. And because the NH2 is virtually silent, there’s also no noise pollution.”

To check out a video demo of the NH2 hydrogen-powered tractor, click here.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic