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Tractors without Tankers: Converting the Penn State Fleet to Biodiesel

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

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and machinery manufacturer New Holland are collaborating to push the envelop of biodiesel experience, with three tractors currently involved in a 100% biodiesel (B100) year round test. Using straight biofuel to power the tractors is the culmination of a process the College of Agricultural Sciences began about five years ago, when Penn State began an aggressive program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on imported oil. This year our entire diesel fleet, including tractors, trucks, buses and cars, is using B20. We have also converted our equipment fleet, including elevators throughout campus, to biobased hydraulic oil, saving clean-up costs and benefiting the environment.