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New Propane Irrigation Engines Cut Fuel Costs
Husker Harvest Days features propane technology and money-saving purchase programs
LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 9, 2013) — Producers can see powerful new propane-fueled equipment in action at the Husker Harvest Days showcase, September 10-12 in Grand Island, Neb. The farm show will feature a propane-fueled demonstration engine from Origin Engines, based in Kearney. Farm Progress, Industrial Irrigation, and Bosselman Energy installed the Environmental Protection Agency–certified 8.0-liter engine on the show’s demo field in July.
New research by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) shows that farmers who switched to new propane irrigation engines reduced fuel consumption per hour by 43 percent and lowered overall fuel costs per hour by 75 percent. Producers can see several propane-fueled engines at the Nebraska Propane Gas Association (NPGA) booth, No. 550, and apply for incentives to purchase one through the PERC Farm Incentive Program.
The PERC research initiative offers $400 per liter of engine displacement on new propane-fueled irrigation engines, up to $5,000. The NPGA offers an additional $750 incentive to Nebraska farmers purchasing a new propane-fueled engine.
“Propane is an American fuel that is very price competitive with gasoline and diesel,” said Mark Leitman, director of business development and marketing at PERC. “We’ve awarded nearly $400,000 in incentives toward fuel-efficient propane engines through the Propane Farm Incentive Program since January, and now is the right time for producers to make the switch to a propane engine that can save real money and get the job done.”
Irrigation engines on display at the NPGA booth, No. 550, include the Origin 8.0-liter engine, a Power Systems Integration 8.8-liter model from Husker Power Products, and a Ford Power Products’ EPA-certified 6.8-liter model from Anderson Industrial Engines. Producers are encouraged to check out other fuel-efficient farm equipment, including a propane-autogas-fueled Ford F-250 with the Roush CleanTech fuel system, a Generac portable propane generator, and a Rinnai tankless propane water heater.
Nearly 40 percent of farms in the U.S. use propane to run pumps and engines, heat buildings, and dry and process crops. Propane costs less per gallon than conventional fuels, and America, a net exporter of propane, makes more than enough propane to meet demand. For more about the Propane Farm Incentive Program and a list of eligible equipment, visit agpropane.com.