Shawn Rana on How The Green Movement Has Affected The Farming Industry

Shawn Rana

October 8, 2021

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The farming industry is one of the oldest industries on the face of the Earth. When you think of this industry, what words come to your mind? Long hours? Backbreaking labor? Shawn Rana tells us that the advent of the tractor and modern farming machinery has changed the game somewhat to lessen the amount of labor needed to tend to the crops. We’ve seen major advancements in the automotive industry with the now 20-year-old Toyota Prius and newer additions such as the Tesla for all-battery power. With the amount of fuel needed to run modern farming machinery, will the “green wave” of battery technology come onshore of the vast sea that is the farming industry?

Quick Primer on Battery Power

When discussing battery power, it’s hard not to visualize a ton of D-Cell batteries being daisy-chained together to produce the power you need. The modern battery technology is similar to this but on a much grander scale. To get a sense of how far battery power has come, Shawn Rana tells us to look at rechargeable technology and how that has evolved over the last 20 years.

Cellular Phones and power tools first ran on Nickel-Cadmium or NiCd batteries. These batteries provided enough power for the time, and you first had to run the battery completely out on the first charge to get the most out of them. The next and current step-up was the Lithium-Ion or Li-ion battery, these batteries are what currently provide power to most peripherals and power tools.

Lithium-ion batteries are also at the heart of hybrid and plug-in cars today and every year, the technology advances and gets better power numbers with less power output drawn. Another advantage of battery power is that when paired with electric motors, you have instant power and full torque upon use. No more waiting for power to kick in and no pistons or moving parts to wear out in a combustion engine.

New Developments In The Farming Sector

Shawn Rana details how the farming industry has embraced battery power on a small scale with the introduction of the all-electric tractor from John Deere in 2016. This tractor had a battery capacity of 130 kW hours on a single full charge and was outfitted with two 150 kW electric motors. There were many advantages with the tractor as it put out no emissions and no noise, but it did come with a big disadvantage and that was the battery life. The battery required three hours to recharge fully which is problematic for the Farmer who works all day. John Deere was hard at work to improve the battery technology for future iterations of the tractor.

There were greater leaps in the technology in 2019 when the European company Fendt put out the e100 Varios tractor for use in Europe. This tractor upped the game with five-hour runtime on a single charge and the capability to charge the tractor up to 80% in only 40 minutes.

Final Thoughts

According to Shawn Rana, the future of green technology in the farming industry is making headway and over time will catch up to the automotive industry in terms of performance and battery life. This switch-over will save farmers on fuel consumption, engine repair costs, and institute a higher quality of life for the area with less noise and pollution. To learn more about green technology and how this technology can help your business or corporation, please contact Shawn Rana today.