On Tuesday, Nokia will conduct a test drive with a tractor equipped with a diesel engine, which will be refueled with electric fuel. This is the first time that technology research center VTT will test electric fuel made from green hydrogen and carbon dioxide for use in vehicles. Electric fuels are made from carbon dioxide and water with the help of electricity, with hydrogen being an important intermediate. Together with the companies, VTT has developed the production of electric fuel for commercial and industrial scale.
Responsible project leader, research professor at VTT Juha Lehtonen says in a statement that the fuel can be used to replace fossil diesel fuel in areas that are difficult to electrify, such as heavy road traffic and shipping. In addition, it can be used in working machines. “Furthermore, we aim to obtain information on the usability of the fuel through a field test.” MTB:n according to the statement, hundreds of kilograms of synthetic hydrocarbons were produced in the fuel production project. After that, Neste processed the hydrocarbons into ready-to-use synthetic diesel. Now this fuel is being tested in practical work.
The test is being conducted at the Agco Power plant, which produces diesel engines, in Nokia. A tractor equipped with a diesel engine is filled with electric fuel. During the test drive, which lasts several hours, fuel consumption and the amount of various emissions in the exhaust gases are measured, among other things, Kari Altonen, director of product development of Agco Power, says in the newsletter. VTT’s project received 3.3 million euros in funding from Business Finland