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Gomselmash trial world's first CNG-powered combine harvester

Belarus-based agricultural equipment developer and manufacturer OJSC Gomselmash has revealed that has begun field trials of what it says is the world's first compressed natural gas (CNG) powered combine harvester for grain.

The CNG-powered PALLESSE GS4118K combine harvester is reputedly a world first (photo courtesy Gomselmash).

On July 10, OJSC Gazprom Transgas Belarus made the first fueling of the combine harvester PALESSE GS4118K. According to Gomselmash, the new combine harvester is without precedent and is intended for the direct and separate harvesting of cereal grains, groats crops, and grass seeds, and also with the use of special devices for harvesting corn, sunflower, leguminous and rapeseed in flat fields with a slope of up to 8 degrees.

Currently undergoing trials, the PALESSE GS4118K combine harvester is equipped with a gas engine, gas storage cylinders low and high-pressure lines, valves and reduction systems. The use of CNG as fuel will, according to Gomselmash, make harvesting more “economical and environmentally friendly.”

A look under the hood reveals the CNG storage infrastructure (photo courtesy Gomselmash).

According to the Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA), the country is expecting to harvest over 8 million tonnes of grain, excluding corn, in the 2017 season.

About OJSC Gomselmash

Based in Gomel, Belarus Open Joint-Stock Company (OJSC) “Gomselmash” is one of the larger manufacturers of agricultural machinery ranking among the world market leaders of combine harvesters and other complexes of agricultural machines.

The company is a modern multi-manufacturer producing lineups of grain and forage harvesters, ear corn and potato-picking harvesters, mowers and other agricultural machinery under the brand name PALESSE.

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