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Poster Abstract

Fill her up: Testing 100% biodiesel in Agricultural Tractors

Glen Cauffman¹ and Paul Trella²
¹Manager of Farms and Facilities, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences
²New Holland Agricultural Tractors

A collaborative biofuel demonstration project involving Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and machinery manufacturer New Holland is attracting worldwide attention and appears to have ramifications for the makers and users of all types of diesel-powered equipment. We are currently using straight biodiesel, B100, to power three New Holland tractors. The equipment is being used in standard farm operations and with regular maintenance schedules, but with additional intensive monitoring to learn as much as we can. The goal is to discover what owners of diesels can expect when they choose to be independent of petroleum (without imported oil tankers). Penn State Cooperative Extension will disseminate information generated from the demonstration project.