In a cooperative effort, Husker Harvest Days is now operating its first EPA Emissions Certified Propane Irrigation Engine.
Origin Engines, Industrial-Irrigation Services, Bosselman Energy, and the Propane Education & Research Council have all contributed to the installation of an Origin 8.0L propane fueled irrigation engine on the 160-acre circle which encompasses the parking area on the east edge of the show site.
The Origin 8.0L engine replaced an 8-year-old diesel engine at the beginning of July and quickly logged over 400 operation hours in that month. The Origin 8.0L engine is EPA Certified to operate on either natural gas or propane. PERC research shows that propane-fueled irrigation engines cost up to 14% less to purchase and operate than diesel models and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 24% compared to diesel, according to Pete Stout the Origin Engines product line manager.
PERC has a Farm Incentive Program where farmers can receive up to $4,870 back in return for the purchase of a new EPA Certified Propane engine. Nebraska has led the nation in applicants to PERC's farm incentive program for irrigation engines, with more than 126 Nebraska producers applying for the program. PERC has awarded nearly $400,000 in incentives since the program's launch in January. To learn more about that program, stop by Lot 550 and visit with the Nebraska Propane Gas Association.
Misconceptions and inaccurate information abound when it comes to EPA Certified vs. Non-Certified engines, says Stout. Any new spark-ignited engine manufactured after July 1, 2008 must meet EPA Certified emissions standards in accordance with 40 CFR Part 1048. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in substantial fines and legal penalties to the owner/operator, as well as other possible sanctions.
In addition to lower exhaust emissions, EPA Certified Engines are more fuel efficient than Non-Certified engine packages, which provides for lower operational costs, says Stout.
For more information on current EPA emission regulations and to see Origin Engines on display, please visit Industrial-Irrigation Services at Lot 941 during Husker Harvest Days.
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