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First Fuel Cell Tractor to Make its Debut

The recent furore surrounding biofuels and cialis generic online cialis generic the food vs. fuel arguments, has highlighted to the world how important industrialised agriculture is to maintaining a steady food supply, and how precious our bio-productive land is. When we start diverting land to producing stuff other than food there are serious issues to 50mg viagra retail price be considered in terms of equity and social and environmental sustainability. When looking at the "Energy Return vs. Energy Invested" of biofuels, another serious flaw was highlighted - the carbon intensity of our industrialised agriculture systems.

In short, with ever more dire predictions about how much longer oil is going to last, there are some seriously big elephants in the room, when it comes to working out how long we can continue to feed the world's growing population for when our agriculture is so dependent on oil to produce food.

Up until now, no one has given any really serious consideration to post-carbon agriculture, we've seen a few bits of ag-machinery powered by biofuels - big deal, it doesn't take a radical leap in technology to make that work; but now we're seeing something radically different, and really exciting.

New Holland, in partnership with Iveco, look set to generic cialis canada debut a Fuel Cell tractor in early 2009. Dubbed the NH2, the fossil fuel dependent Diesel engine, has been replaced by a Fuel Cell, which has the potential to ween farms off their addiction to oil - soon you might be seeing 'zero-carbon' foodstuffs, alongside your Organics and Fairtrade.

The idea of producing Fuel Cell tractors has been kicking around for a bit, Allis Chalmers produced a Fuel Cell powered tractor back in 1959, however, after the www.y-e-n.net demo of ploughing a field of Alfalfa, it ended up in the Smithsonian. What's exciting, is that as a big noise in the tractor business, New Holland has the potential to transform agriculture completely by decarbonising one element of viagra online us the food supply chain.

Via: Farmers Guardian

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Electric tractor project
written by Amdrea, December 22, 2008
If interested, take a look also to this european project (RAMseS) of an all electric tractor:
http://www.ec-ramses.org/
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written by Clinch, December 22, 2008
This is earlier than expected, I wouldn't have though farm/agricultural vehicles would have started using alternative power until alt-energy-cars had been perfected enough to outclass traditional cars (particularly as agricultural vehicles have different needs [e.g. a battery can't provide enough power, then it's as good as useless])
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you mean Food AND Fuel
written by John Green (no relation), December 24, 2008
Food Vs Fuel is wow it's great mail order levitra just a distraction. The grain fed to cows could first be fermented then the dried distillers mash fed to the livestock which is better for the cows
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ITS ABOUT TIME
written by tom pettit, December 24, 2008
I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE ONE OF THE BIGGEST USERS OF FOSSIL FUELS GET INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. LETS HOPE MORE OF THE TRACTOR MAKERS WILL FOLLOW.
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No so fast...
written by Nathaniel, March 11, 2009
At last check, the only real benefit of hydrogen fuel cell technology is rapid recharge. Fuel cells are another form of energy storage and not a source of energy in themselves. The downside to levitra fast delivery fuel cells is that they're not nearly as efficient as the best battery technologies.

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