What is biomass?
It’s a source of clean renewable energy which is widely
available and constitutes a local resource with low
environmental impact.
How is it produced?
Biomass for energy use is produced from numerous
different kinds of raw materials: waste and by-products
derived from, for example, wood and cellulose,
sugar crops, starch and grease, domestic
and industrial waste, and waste from livestock rearing
or agricultural and food processes.
Can this source of energy run out?
As long as farmers continue to work the land,
this resource will never run out.
The unending cycle of planting, growing
and harvesting crops is as ancient as agriculture itself,
which only goes to show that agricultural biomass
is a perfect example of renewable energy.
How does it contribute to reducing
pollutant emissions?
The use of agricultural biomass constitutes a virtuous
carbon cycle. The CO
emitted when using this kind
of material, for example for combustion purposes,
will be absorbed by crop growth processes
the following season. The result? Energy one, carbon nil!
What are the growth forecasts for
the biomass sector in coming years?
On a global level, the International Energy Agency
estimates that by 2020 the amount of electricity
produced from biomass will grow by over 100%,
with costs per kWh comparable to wind power
or hydroelectric power and with infrastructure
investments of over 200 billion dollars during the decade.
China, Europe and the US will lead the demand
for biomass-powered machinery over that time.
What benefits can farmers get
from biomass material?
Farmers have their crops and their machinery for
harvesting and transforming material which they can
sell to feed biogas production systems.
Those who invest in their own biogas system,
exploiting the waste from various processes,
can cover their own energy needs and sell the remainder
to the national grid.
What technologies does New Holland
have to offer as a contribution
to the production of biomass?
As a Clean Energy Leader, New Holland offers a complete
spectrum of machinery, from the FR range to the BigBaler
line of gathering-cutting-loading machines,
and from combine harvesters fully compatible
with all biomass crops to tractors and telescopic loaders.
One of the most promising renewable sources of energy, it contributes to the intelligent
exploitation of waste from agriculture, forestry and industry, and to reducing pollutant emissions
In December 2008 the European Union approved its “Climate-Energy” package, known as the “20-20-20” strategy. This ambitious programme laid down
that by the year 2020 member states must reduce their emission of greenhouse gases and their energy consumption by 20%, and also cover 20% of their
energy needs from renewable sources. One of the most promising sources of alternative energy is biomass: how is it generated, what technologies are used
to produce it, and what benefit can farmers get from it? These and other questions will be answered in the following brief guide.
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Biomass energy is good
for the planet
New Holland TNF
Available in either blue
or terracotta, this tractor
series introduced the
naming system that would
be used for all subsequent
New Holland vehicles.
Fiat model 702
The model 702 was Fiat’s
first real agricultural
vehicle, and the first
Italian tractor to be
manufactured on
an industrial scale.
Fiat 18, “the little one”
Presented as “the tractor
for the small farmer’s big
jobs, and the big farmer’s
small jobs”, the model 18
was known in Italy as “la
piccola” (the little one)
but played a big role in
the spread of mechanical
agriculture in Italy in the
early 1960s.
Ford N Series
The N series is one of the
most successful tractor
families of all time.
On these tractors Ford
launched the three-point
connection device.
Leon Claeys,
model MZ
Leon Claeys produced
the first self-propelled
European combine
harvester in Zedelgem
New Holland presents
the first NH² ™ hydrogen
tractor. A practically
zero-emission tractor -
an innovative solution
for farms aiming at total
energetic independence.
One hundred years of innovative ideas
Illustrated below are a series of products that represent some of the most important technological innovations in New Holland’s history.
Would you be able to put them in chronological order?