Ammonia-powered, zero-emissions tractor demonstrated in US

21-06 | |
Photo: Amogy
Photo: Amogy

Ammonia-to-power technology, developed by Amogy, was successfully integrated into a John Deere mid-size standard tractor.

Amogy Inc., a pioneer of emission-free, energy-dense ammonia power solutions, announced the successful demonstration of an ammonia-powered, zero-emissions tractor. ​

Hybrid fuel cell system

Amogy’s ammonia-to-power technology was successfully integrated into a John Deere 100kW mid-size standard tractor. The system is comprised of a standard liquid-storage tank and highly efficient ammonia-cracking modules integrated into a hybrid fuel cell system, which can provide consistent primary power for several hours per refueling.

The ammonia-powered tractor was driven for separate periods, with a refueling session in between. According to Amogy, refueling a tractor with liquid ammonia is fast and simple, similar to gas or diesel refueling.

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​“We’re thrilled to be demonstrating our zero-emission ammonia power solution in action in a tractor for the first time ever. Ammonia is a viable zero-emission fuel for all heavy-duty vehicles, but especially farming and agriculture, where the readily-available chemical has been used as a fertilizer for decades,” said Amogy CEO Seonghoon Woo.

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The pioneering vehicle maintains the functionality and duration requirements operators rely on to support farming tasks, Amogy says. - Photo: Amogy
The pioneering vehicle maintains the functionality and duration requirements operators rely on to support farming tasks, Amogy says. - Photo: Amogy

Ammonia offers high energy density

According to Woo, ammonia offers a high energy density and there are plentiful existing infrastructures, such as pipelines, terminals and storage methods, in the U.S. and globally, to support such a transition.

Also read: Auga Group develops hybrid biomethane and electric tractor

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Hugo Claver Web editor for Future Farming



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