We have shown you DIY solar lawnmowers, Toro's biodiesel lawnmowers and tractors, John Deere's biofuel musings and ethanol mowers. Now, here is a story about a farmer who has converted his previously dino-powered tractors, mowers and various farming machinery into electric power. He charges them using solar panels, as well.
Agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere has expanded the biofuels content on its website to provide detailed information to its customers, including a ten page white paper. Designed the clarify John Deere's position on the matter, the white paper has the following to say about biofuels:
United Kingdom farmlands will be groomed with cleaner power as the John Deere 8430 tractor grows in the numbers. In tests earlier this summer at the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab, the 8430 recorded the most fuel-efficient numbers of a row-crop tractor. John Deere officials say the 8430 delivers an 8.8 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. Tractors have a different rating system for fuel efficiency than cars do: horsepower hours per gallon. It means that burning a single gallon of fuel at full load
Odyssey Day 2006 is quickly approaching and to celebrate 22 ethanol and biodiesel retailers in Iowa will be holding a single-day discount on their alternative fuels on Thursday, October 12 (that's tomorrow, so you don't have to check a calendar).