AGCO Developing Biogas-Powered Tractor

July 8, 2010 07:00 PM

AGCO will present a new tractor model that runs on biogas. AGCO’s Nordic brand Valtra will show the concept technology on the Valtra N101 tractor for the first time in Sweden.


AGCO’s Valtra brand and AGCO Sisu Power, AGCO’s engine division, have developed the biogas tractor and are currently testing it in Sweden. Without making any changes to the original diesel engine, 70 to 80 percent of power is generated by biogas. The dual-fuel engine functions like a diesel engine. The gas is injected with the intake air, and combustion occurs when a small amount of diesel fuel is injected into the cylinder. If biogas is not available, the engine can run completely on diesel fuel.


The Valtra N101 tractor has 110 horsepower, is equipped with a front loader, front linkage and front PTO. It is intended as an all-purpose tractor for farms, municipalities and contractors that have the possibility of refuelling with biogas while working.


The demonstration tractor was created by Valtra in collaboration with Afcon Oy, Alt-Control Oy, RAP Clean Air Systems, Turku University of Applied Sciences and Ecocat Group. Valtra's sister company AGCO SISU POWER Genpowex was also involved in the project and helped develop a dual-fuel generator that can also be seen at the Borgeby Fältdagar event. Valtra's partners in the project from the start have been Biogas Syd and Lantmannen Maskin. The tractor will undergo further testing in Skåne, while the dual-fuel engine will continue to be developed in the engine lab.


AGCO is committed to supplying progressive farmers with high-tech solutions and to develop environmentally friendly technologies. AGCO has recently been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for a grant for the efficient collection and transportation of biomass to biofuel production plants. In 2009, AGCO was the first agricultural company to introduce the industry-leading SCR emissions treatment in its products.


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