AGCO Power, a Finnish engine manufacturer will start using Neste MY Renewable Diesel at its plant in Nokia, Finland. The fuel will replace fossil fuels in all internal logistics vehicles before the end of 2020. Neste and AGCO Power will also work on a joint research project to develop an automatic fuel identification system.
AGCO Power manufactures engines for Valtra, Fendt and Massey-Ferguson tractors, among others, as well as for off-road machines from several manufacturers. The company has the annual global plant capacity to manufacture more than 100,000 engines for off-road machines worldwide every year.
“Our goal is to be a pioneer and make lower-emission and more economical engines. Our low emission policy covers the entire production chain: by introducing Neste MY Renewable Diesel in our plant logistics and road transport, we can reduce our own annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 130,000 kilos. Our goal is to gradually increase the use of renewable diesel also in engine testing. With these measures, we are also meeting our customers’ wishes for a lower environmental load,” said Juha Tervala, CEO of AGCO Power.
AGCO Power will adopt the Neste Oma Asema Service at its plant, a refueling station with an automatic refilling system. “We are happy to support our long-term partner in their work towards a low-emission production chain. The Neste Oma Asema Service, available at the plant area, helps to avoid unnecessary driving and related emissions when the station is located in the company’s own plant area. In addition to Neste MY Renewable Diesel, the station has an option to refuel AdBlue urea solution, which can be used to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and optimize engine performance,” said Teemu Sarjovaara, Head of R&D at Neste.
Neste and AGCO Power cooperate as research and development partners in low-emission fuel solutions. Their joint research operations focus on the use of Neste MY Renewable Diesel in work machines and on maximizing fuel benefits. The two companies are currently developing an automatic fuel identification system that detects whether fossil or renewable fuel is in use. Identification can be done either by a dedicated sensor installed in the fuel system or by using the measurement data in the engine and exhaust gas after-treatment system.
“We have promising results from both of these technologies. Automatic identification of the fuel in the tank ensures reliable emissions reporting,” said Sarjovaara. “New technology makes it easier to optimize the engine and minimize consumption under changing operating conditions. More efficient optimization can also reduce AdBlue consumption,” Tervala stated.
In the future, fuel identification could also be used to recognize any fuel quality problems that could jeopardize engine performance. There might be a need for a solution, for example, in markets that have more variation in fuel quality.