CNG Hybrid the First Zero Emissions Agriculture Vehicle in North America

| USA: Milpitas CA

EDI Ag CNG TruckCalifornia-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) has integrated its EDI PowerDrive™ 4000 into a Class-4 General Motors Low Cab Forward platform, creating an industry-first electrified work truck for agriculture applications. The vehicle combines the benefits of a CNG Fuel system and Plug-in Hybrid technology and is geared to help agriculture fleets switch from petroleum-based liquid fuels to domestically available, cleaner burning natural gas and electricity. Read more »

New Holland Present Methane Concept Tractor at US Farm Show

| USA, Decatur IL

New Holland Concept Tractor (1)New Holland Agriculture presented its methane powered concept agricultural tractor at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois this week. It was introduced as the latest development in the company’s vision for the sustainable future of farming. “It combines alternative fuels and advanced agricultural technology … by running on the energy produced from the land and waste products,” said Carlo Lambro, New Holland Agriculture Brand President. Read more »

Gomselmash Introduces CNG-Powered Combine Harvester

| Republic of Belarus, Gomel

Gomselmash Combine Harvester CNG Gomel, the second-most populous city of Belarus, is home to OJSC Gomselmash, the proud creator of the first grain combine harvester in the world powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). In a country where more than 8 million tonnes of grain is harvested annually, the combine will reap with economy and reduced environmental impact. Read more »

New Holland Methane Tractors for Uzbekistan

| Uzbekistan, Tashkent | Source: Sputnik

New Holland methane tractor trial In Uzbekistan, where 1 in 4 Uzbeks works on the land, agriculture accounts for 16.7 percent of GDP and natural gas is abundant, there are currently only about 50 agricultural tractors operating with compressed natural gas (CNG). That is set to change with the reported planned production of new technology methane-powered tractors commencing in 2018. Read more »

Bio CNG Dual-Fuel Pack for Fendt Agricultural Tractors

| Italy, Serralunga di Crea

Ecomotive Solutions - Dual-Fuel Tractor with Bio CNG PackItaly’s Ecomotive Solutions, a Holdim Group company, introduced the first dual-fuel biomethane application for Fendt Tier4 agricultural tractors last month. Developed in collaboration with the Italian Biogas Consortium and Piccini Paolo Group, the system provides for the use of natural gas or biomethane as an alternative fuel for diesel tractors, storing this gas in the transportable Ecomotive Solutions ‘Bio CNG Pack’. Read more »

Off-Road Natural Gas Vehicle Funding Solicited in California

| USA, Sacramento CA

CEC logoIn an endeavour to reduce transportation emissions in California’s most severely polluted regions – the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast Air Basin, the California Energy Commission (CEC) released a $4 million grant funding solicitation July 11 for the research and development of natural gas engines for medium and heavy-duty off-road vehicles (ORVs) supporting the agricultural, construction, industrial, port and cargo sectors. Read more »

Huge Organic Farm Innovation Plan includes RNG for Tractors

| Lithuania

Lithuania_bioduju-statybaAgrowill Group, the largest organic farming and investment group of companies in Lithuania and one of the biggest organic farming entities in Europe, aims to attract EUR 20 million investment into scientific research and innovations. Implementing its new vision of sustainable business the company aims to become not only the biggest but also the most innovative organic farm in Europe. Renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel for vehicles is high on its agenda. Read more »

Methane-Powered Agricultural Tractor Trials in Spanish Vineyard

| Spain, Madrid

NewHolland tractor trials in SpainBodegas Torres, a historical wine growing company located in Pacs del Penedes, Spain has conducted the first trial in Spain of a second-generation New Holland T6 methane tractor under a collaboration agreement with the Italian manufacturer, part of CNH Industrial. New Holland first unveiled the prototype T6.140 Methane Power tractor at Agritechnica 2015 as part of its sustainability approach to ‘Energy Independent Farming’, a goal shared by Bodegas Torres. Read more »

Deutz Develops Natural Gas Engine for Agricultural Tractors

| Germany, Köln

Deutz Fahr CNG Tractor 5120ccAgricultural machinery manufacturer SAME Deutz-Fahr introduced a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered agricultural tractor at Agritechnica 2015 last week in Hannover, developed as part of a joint research project with Deutz AG and Rostock University and funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) project. Working together, engineers converted a diesel engine to run on natural gas and successfully installed it in a tractor, reducing pollutants and CO2 emissions without any loss of performance. Read more »

VERBIO Straw-to-Biomethane Fuel Plant Commissioned

| Germany, Schwedt/Oder

Germany: VERBIO straw handling for biogasVereinigte BioEnergie AG (VERBIO), an independent producer of biomethane for fuel in Germany, has successfully commissioned another major production site for the production of biomethane at Schwedt/Oder. The new internally generated technology used to manufacture biomethane from 100 percent straw, was developed at the Schwedt/Oder location supported by the European Union’s NER 300 subsidy project, providing funding of up to EUR 22.3 million (USD 24.1m) over the period from 2014 to 2019. Read more »