The tractor that removes cow dung befits its diesel-powered rivals

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A British company has developed the world’s first tractor to run entirely on cow dung.

Powered by liquid methane gas, the T7 vehicle is said to be the first of its kind and could mark a game changer in efficiently bringing energy to UK farms.

The groundbreaking 270hp tractor runs on fuel derived from farmyard manure and is designed to match the performance of standard diesel-powered versions.

It works by collecting waste by-products from a herd of just 100 cows into on-farm biomethane storage units. The gas, known as volatile methane, is then treated, compressed and converted into the low-emission fuel.

A tractor-mounted cryogenic tank keeps the methane in liquid form at -162 degrees, giving the vehicle as much power as a diesel, but with significant emissions savings.

A Cornish company has a??? world novelty developed??? and created a tractor powered solely by cow dung. The blue 270hp prototype was unveiled earlier this month and features breakthrough fuel tank technology, making it the first tractor of its kind to run on liquefied natural gas. See SWNS Stlory SWLNtractor. Animal excrement-powered tractor helps farmers become both energy independent and “better” than carbon neutral. The New Holland T7 Methane Power Liquefied Natural Gas tractor was developed by Bennamann, a company based at Aerohub Business Park near Newquay who have spent over a decade researching and developing biomethane production to find a way converting methane gas into fuel. Developed in conjunction with New Holland's parent company, CNH Industrial, the tractor was put through its paces during a pilot test on a farm in Cornwall earlier this year. To create the liquefied fuel, the methane gas is first collected and stored in one of Bennamann's on-farm biomethane capture and storage systems.

A Cornish company has developed a tractor that runs solely on cow dung (Image credit: CNH Industrial / SWNS)

The pioneering machine was developed by Cornish company Bennamann, who have been researching and developing biomethane production for over a decade.

It was put through its paces during a pilot run on a farm in Cornwall, where carbon emissions were cut from 2,500 tonnes to 500 tonnes in just one year.

A Cornish company has a??? world novelty developed??? and created a tractor powered solely by cow dung. The blue 270hp prototype was unveiled earlier this month and features breakthrough fuel tank technology, making it the first tractor of its kind to run on liquefied natural gas. See SWNS Stlory SWLNtractor. Animal excrement-powered tractor helps farmers become both energy independent and “better” than carbon neutral. The New Holland T7 Methane Power Liquefied Natural Gas tractor was developed by Bennamann, a company based at Aerohub Business Park near Newquay who have spent over a decade researching and developing biomethane production to find a way converting methane gas into fuel. Developed in conjunction with New Holland's parent company, CNH Industrial, the tractor was put through its paces during a pilot test on a farm in Cornwall earlier this year. To create the liquefied fuel, the methane gas is first collected and stored in one of Bennamann's on-farm biomethane capture and storage systems.

It features breakthrough fuel tank technology for using liquefied methane gas (Credits: CNH Industrial / SWNS)

Bennamann co-founder Chris Mann said: “The liquid methane-powered T7 tractor is a true world first and another step towards decarbonizing the global agricultural industry and realizing a circular economy.

“Methane also has a more than 80 times stronger atmosphere-warming power than carbon dioxide over 20 years. By removing it and using it wisely, we help fight global warming fast.

“We have shown that harnessing the potential of biomethane can make farms energy self-sufficient and carbon neutral.”

A Cornish company has a??? world novelty developed??? and created a tractor powered solely by cow dung. The blue 270hp prototype was unveiled earlier this month and features breakthrough fuel tank technology, making it the first tractor of its kind to run on liquefied natural gas. See SWNS Stlory SWLNtractor. Animal excrement-powered tractor helps farmers become both energy independent and “better” than carbon neutral. The New Holland T7 Methane Power Liquefied Natural Gas tractor was developed by Bennamann, a company based at Aerohub Business Park near Newquay who have spent over a decade researching and developing biomethane production to find a way converting methane gas into fuel. Developed in conjunction with New Holland's parent company, CNH Industrial, the tractor was put through its paces during a pilot test on a farm in Cornwall earlier this year. To create the liquefied fuel, the methane gas is first collected and stored in one of Bennamann's on-farm biomethane capture and storage systems.

Cornish company Bennamann has been researching and developing biomethane production for over a decade (Credits: CNH Industrial / SWNS)

To create the liquefied fuel, the methane gas is first collected and stored in one of Bennamann’s on-farm biomethane capture and storage systems. The government-sponsored systems are used to seal manure lagoons to capture methane that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere.

The company is also investigating the broader users of the technology and hopes that it could one day be used to charge electric vehicles in rural areas.

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