BRP was named the 2014 winner of the Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment Award for the emissions-sampling equipment it developed in support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s search for a more environmentally friendly gasoline alternative.
Members of the marine industry have maintained that actively helping to find an alternative biofuel might mitigate the demand for rising amounts of ethanol in the fuel supply because levels higher than E10 cause damage to marine engines.
“BRP is making great strides in the areas of marine engine emission reductions and biofuel research,” Eric Bott, director of environmental and energy policy for Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, said in a statement. “They're not just improving the efficiency of their engines or viability of new potential fuels. They're inventing the testing equipment necessary to prove these advancements.”
The emissions-sampling equipment was developed at BRP’s Evinrude facility in Sturtevant to research isobutanol, a biologically produced alternative fuel that is being tested in engines to identify whether it could be a cleaner, more environmentally friendly substitute for gasoline.
“This is the first instrument designed specifically to measure and quantify engine exhaust emissions from in-use recreational boats,” BRP engineering manager for the project Jeff Wasil said. “We are working closely with the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Boat and Yacht Council on a comprehensive test program, which is leading toward a better understanding of exhaust emissions from recreational marine products.”