Earlier this fall, Fendt unveiled its latest innovation in a project that started in 2001. The Fendt X Concept project aims to integrate electrical power generation for use with electrically driven implements.
The Fendt 722 Vario showcased provides up to 130 kW of electrical power in addition to the hydraulic connections and PTO. The generator fits underneath the tractor’s hood and is located between the engine and transmission. The company says its compact-sized AGCO Power 4-cylinder diesel engine is part of the system’s success to fit all of the components in the small space, which includes the generator, power electronics, the wiring as well as the special heat exchanger and cooler unit with electrically driven fan drive. The Fendt X is built with double-insulation on the tractor’s components to increase the safety of the system.
Electric drives have been eyed as the next power source in the field due to their efficiency. Electric current can be distributed with little loss, and the drives can be precisely controlled.
Fendt has been working with implement partners in the Fendt X development. They include: Fliegl, Krone, Grimme, Lemken, Amazone, Fella and STW.
Currently, the project is only showcasing the Fendt 722 as a research prototype.