New Holland's experimental hydrogen-powered NH2™ tractor is a shining example of our commitment to making agricultural equipment that is at the cutting edge of innovation, while at the same time honors our tradition of smart, simple operation. Through this and other projects, we hope to provide farmers with new ideas that will one day allow them to achieve fuel autonomy. To see the NH2 in action, view video below.
The NH2 tractor is a 106-hp working prototype able to perform all the tasks of a T6000 tractor while operating almost silently and emitting only heat and water. The fuel cell generates less heat than an internal combustion engine; offers a consistent output of power; and does not produce polluting nitrogen oxides, soot particles or carbon dioxide. The clean operation of the tractor brings added health benefits when working in confined areas, such as barns or greenhouses.
Hydrogen-powered vehicles, such as the NH2 have been in development for several years, offering many benefits over battery-driven vehicles, which are efficient only in a stop-and-start cycle and take a long time to recharge.
Farmers are in a unique position to benefit from hydrogen technology. They have the space to install alternative electricity generation systems, such as solar, wind, biomass or waste, and then store that power as hydrogen. Apart from the environmental benefits, such a system would allow farmers to become energy independent and improve their financial stability.
The NH2 hydrogen-powered concept tractor and energy-independent farm concept puts an easier, safer, cleaner and more efficient future within reach. To learn more about the energy-independent farm concept, watch the video below.
New Holland's Energy Independent Farm and NH2 tractor concept won the coveted Gold medal at the 2009 SIMA Innovation Awards Show in Paris. SIMA awards are selected every two years by a 15-judge panel of experts. The awards represent the best in technology and innovation in the agricultural industry.