John Deere develops ethanol engine

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John Deere is continuing to work toward its “Leap Ambitions”.  These are the company’s focused goals designed to boost economic value and sustainability, while delivering better outcomes with less resources. In this context, the company developed an ethanol engine.


Under the Leap Ambitions, John Deere is working to innovate viable low- and near zero-carbon power solutions by 2026 within four key areas of power generation, including internal combustion engine (ICE) efficiencies, renewable fuels, hybridization, and full battery-electric options.

John Deere is committed to bringing advanced and effective renewable fuel solutions by prioritizing the technologies and resources that make the most sense. Within the variety of available renewable fuels, John Deere considers biodiesel, renewable diesel (or HVO), and ethanol to be the most promising options for near-term integration into heavy duty applications. Ethanol is an alcohol-based renewable fuel that is widely available in many parts of the world since it can be made from feedstocks such as corn, wheat, or sugar cane. As a high-octane fuel, ethanol is attractive for high performance spark ignited engines.

John Deere is leveraging its engineering expertise to vet and test new technologies that simplify the integration of renewable fuels with combustion engine technology as it strives to deliver more value and productivity. In this context, a new concept 9.0 L engine that is compatible with ethanol will be on display at this year’s Agritechnica show in Hanover, Germany. This concept engine illustrates the company’s commitment to developing a diversified portfolio of solutions that can meet power needs across equipment sizes and applications.


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