The Propane Education & Research Council and Origin Engines announced the release of a new, emissions-certified, 9.1-liter propane irrigation engine that will provide producers with a reliable and cost-effective alternative to expensive Tier 4 diesel models.

PERC invested in the development and commercialization of the engine and provided industry expertise to Origin, which has over three decades of experience designing and manufacturing engines for industrial, on-road, and irrigation applications. This is the third engine Origin has developed in its partnership with PERC.

“The need for efficient, emissions-certified, propane engine options has grown as Tier 4 diesel engines have become more expensive. One of PERC’s priorities is developing new technologies that advance energy efficiency in ag,“ said Cinch Munson, PERC’s director of agriculture business development. “By working with leading engine developers like Origin, we can help ensure that farmers’ power needs are met as cost-effectively as possible.”

The 9.1-liter model, rated for 95-190 horsepower, was developed to fill the gap between Origin’s popular 8.0-liter and 10.3-liter propane engines. Like the company’s 8.0-liter and 10.3-liter engines, the Origin 9.1-liter is built for continuous use, high-power applications and is also compatible with remote telematics monitoring systems, though third-party installation is required.

“We started with an engine block which has a very proven track record through decades of use, and have updated it with modern technology to meet the demands and needs of today’s farmers,” said Pete Stout, Origin Engines sales manager. “Quality is our number-one priority, and that’s why we pour our blocks and build each engine right here in the USA.”

Origin’s engines are rapidly gaining popularity among farmers looking for cost-effective alternatives to diesel engines, said Jay Canada, sales manager for Industrial Irrigation Services in Hastings, Nebraska.

“We’re getting great reviews for Origin’s engines, and farmers are very happy with the power and durability,” said Canada. “Propane has been a very viable option for my customers because of the higher cost of the Tier 4 diesel engines when compared with a new propane engine.”

According to a post-season survey of farmers who participated in the PERC 2013 Propane Farm Incentive Program, farmers who installed propane-powered irrigation engines cut fuel costs by 56 percent when compared with similar diesel engines.

The Origin 9.1-liter engine qualifies for a $3,640 incentive through the PERC Propane Farm Incentive Program. Producers purchasing new propane engines may also be eligible for additional purchase incentives through their state propane gas associations. The engine will be on display at the Western Propane Gas Association lot, W20-22, during the World Ag Expo, Feb. 10-12 in Tulare, California.

Find out more about the Propane Farm Incentive Program and see a list of eligible equipment at http://www.propane.com/farmincentive.