AGCO opens clean energy laboratory in Linnavuori

Innovation in engines and fuels can transform the way agricultural operations are carried out, significantly reducing CO2 emissions

09.07.2024 | 08:12 (UTC -3)
Cultivar Magazine, based on information from Vilja Pylsy
Kari Aaltonen, director of engineering at AGCO Power, stands in front of a hydrogen combustion engine in the new Clean Energy Laboratory
Kari Aaltonen, director of engineering at AGCO Power, stands in front of a hydrogen combustion engine in the new Clean Energy Laboratory

AGCO, together with its subsidiary AGCO Power, today announced the opening of its first clean energy laboratory. The initiative is part of a €70 million investment in the Linnavuori factory, Finland, aimed at developing and testing innovative and sustainable solutions for batteries and traction systems for agricultural machinery.

AGCO's team of scientists and engineers is developing next-generation engines powered by low- or zero-carbon electricity and alternative fuels, such as hydrogen and methanol, that will help minimize global emissions from agriculture.

According to a statement from the company, the opening of the laboratory is a crucial step in its plans.

Laboratory and improvements

Improvements at the Linnavuori industrial complex also include a training center, production hall for machining cylinder heads and manufacturing components for automated continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), a paint shop and testing capabilities for remanufactured engines. The complex's new buildings, totaling 11 thousand square meters, will be completed throughout this year and next.

The AGCO Power plant in the region employs around a thousand employees. The most recent additions illustrate a track record of growth in Finland. In November 2023, the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, honored both AGCO Power and one of AGCO's main brands, Valtra, operating in Suolahti, with a long-term investment award. AGCO's investments in Linnavuori plant operations have totaled more than €100 million over the past five years.

Image of the AGCO industrial complex in Linnavuori
Image of the AGCO industrial complex in Linnavuori
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