On Tuesday, VTT will conduct a test drive with a tractor equipped with a diesel engine, which will be refueled with electric fuel made from green hydrogen and carbon dioxide for the first time in vehicle use. The fuel can be used to replace fossil diesel fuel in areas that are difficult to electrify, such as heavy road traffic and shipping.
VTT’s project received EUR 3.3 million in funding from Business Finland, and in addition, the companies’ parallel research and product development investments increase the funding to more than EUR six million. The fuel is being tested at Agco Power’s factory in Nokia. A tractor equipped with a diesel engine is refueled with electric fuel during the test drive. During the test drive, which lasts several hours, the fuel consumption and the amount of various emissions in the exhaust gases, among other things, are measured by Agco Power’s director of product development Kari Aaltonen.
The aim of this project is to get information about the usability of the electric fuel through a field test. VTT’s responsible leader for this project is research professor Juha Lehtonen who stated that “Next, we aim to get information about the usability of the fuel through a field test.”