Biodiesel has been widely recognised as the fuel of the future,
offering a renewable source of energy and a lower environmental
impact. New Holland is the first agricultural equipment brand to
embrace fully the potential of biodiesel, announcing today that
it supports the use of biodiesel blends up to 20% (B20) throughout
Europe on all current production equipment with CNH engines.
“As increasingly tight emissions legislation is introduced,
we want to make sure that we are in a position to offer our customers
engines they can confidently run on biodiesel,” stated Gianmaria
Olivetti, Engineering Executive Director of Fiat PowerTrain, which
develops and builds CNH engines. “We are running an intensive
testing programme to evaluate the performance and reliability of
all our engines with higher blends of biodiesel, and in the coming
months we will be in a position to support the use of biodiesel
blends greater than 20% on our engines with the purchase of an
Extended Support Package.”
Biodiesel is a renewable fuel produced from crops such as rape
seed and sunflower seed. It can be used as either B100, or blended
with conventional diesel to produce a biodiesel blend. These fuels
must meet specified industry standards for fuel quality (EN14214)
to ensure optimum performance and durability of the engine.
"We recognised the importance of biodiesel as an alternative
source of energy and the opportunities that it brings to our customers.
Biodiesel offers significant benefits in terms of lower emissions,
greater energy independence and a positive impact on agriculture," explains
Christian Gonzalez, New Holland Europe Marketing Manager.
The European Union is the world’s largest producer of biodiesel,
both in terms of volume and capability, and its production level
is still growing fast. Recognising biodiesel as an important element
to meet its emission reduction targets, tax incentives have been
introduced in several Member States to encourage the use of biodiesel.
This makes biodiesel a more cost-effective fuel than conventional
diesel for New Holland's customers in many countries.
current Common Agricultural Policy, crops for the production of
biodiesel may be grown on set-aside land which, together with the
increasing demand for these crops, opens the door to new opportunities
“As far as using B20 biodiesel blends in agricultural equipment
is concerned, its hygroscopic nature means that it tends to absorb
moisture, so that New Holland strongly recommend the use of approved
fuels and to comply with strict handling, storage and maintenance
requirements to maintain the integrity of the fuel," explains
The necessary technical advice and specific maintenance programmes
are available through New Holland’s expert dealer network,
to ensure the biodiesel is handled properly and critical areas
such as and fuel hoses and injectors receive further inspection
so customers can confidently work with EN14214-standard, B20 biodiesel
blends without compromising the machine's performance or durability.
"Biodiesel is the future," says Christian Gonzalez. "As
the availability of fossil fuels becomes a greater problem, we
need to look at alternatives. But they must also be cleaner, environmentally
sensitive alternatives. New Holland is renowned for its innovation
and forward-thinking approach, and we are committed to bringing
our customers the latest technology and the benefits it brings."
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