DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa alternative fuel engine manufacturer has reached an agreement with an irrigation pump maker in California to make the world's first ammonia-powered irrigation pump system.
The system will help meet California's new strict emissions requirements scheduled to go into effect in 2010, the companies said.
Hydrogen Engine Center of Algona said Tuesday it's working with Corcoran, California-based Sawtelle & Rosprim to integrate HEC ammonia-powered engines with Sawtelle's pumps "to complete a prototype system for testing and evaluation." The prototype system will run 24 hours a day.
The sytem will be tested during California's 2007 irrigation season. If testing is successful, HEC plans to begin selling ammonia-powered irrigation systems in California in 2008. more