When we talk about hydrogen fuel cell technology, we tend to talk about it's application in cars, but one company thinks it might work just as well in farm machinery. New Holland just revealed the NH2, a powerful tractor in every way exept it runs on a hydrogen fuel cell instead of gasoline.
The first to be introduced for commercial production by any tractor-maker, the NH2 has no gearbox or clutch, just like an electric car and the fuel cell generates 106 horsepower. New Holland hopes to have the NH2 ready to be sent out for testing within two years and a production model ready by 2013. Currently, one hydrogen tank only offers 1.5 - 2 hours worth of running time for the tractor, so the company will work on improving the efficiency before it goes to production.
While farm machinery is already expensive, the NH2 will likely be even more so because of the high cost of fuel cells, but it's great to see emission-free technology moving beyond just automobiles and into an industry associated with such great greenhouse-gas emissions like farming. The more companies and industries we have focusing on developing the technologies, the quicker we will have more efficient and cheaper forms of them in all facets of life, all around the globe.
written by Fred, July 15, 2009
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