A five-year project that tested more than 15 marine engines of various technologies — in the lab and on the water — shows that biobutanol can be a viable alternative to ethanol-blended gasoline, the marine industry says.
Fuel Issues and Ethanol
The gasoline additive ethanol is known to cause problems in marine engines. Trade Only follows developments on this issue and others related to fueling recreational boats.
Mercury Marine’s Tim Reid testified before Congress on Thursday about the dangers of ethanol in gasoline to the recreational boating industry.
Boating and fishing industry groups are encouraging stakeholders to weigh in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent proposal to increase ethanol levels in the fuel supply.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest ethanol fuel proposal has angered both supporters and critics of biofuel blends and prompted a new marine industry call for Congress to take decisive action on Renewable Fuel Standard reform.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association hosted an event for stakeholders in connection with the recent endorsement of biobutanol at the Washington Marina in Washington, D.C.
Engine manufacturers from across the recreational boating industry identified biobutanol as a suitable and safe alternative biofuel to ethanol, a controversial biofuel because of its damaging effects on numerous types of engines, including those that power recreational boats.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is encouraging marine industry stakeholders to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest proposal for increasing the amount of ethanol in the overall fuel supply.
Boat traffic is up at an east Texas lake and one worker attributes it to the availability and steady prices of ethanol-free gas.
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed increasing the amount of ethanol required in the overall fuel supply, although it lowered the amounts required by the Clean Air Act, angering both critics and supporters of ethanol.
New data was released showing an increase in demand for fuel without any ethanol, commonly called E0.