BRP’s closed-loop facility water system was awarded a Sustainable Business Award for Sustainable Process by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and Cool Choices.
“BRP was a clear favorite of the judges for the 2015 Earth Day Sustainable Business Awards,” Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council executive director Tom Eggert said in a statement. “The comprehensive approach used by BRP in designing and operating their Evinrude outboard engine test facilities indicated both a deep commitment to the principles of sustainability and a smart approach to both energy and water efficiency.”
BRP’s Sturtevant, Wis., manufacturing facility recently renovated its engineering and product development center to include major infrastructure improvements supporting various engine test laboratories. Creating an environment that would accurately simulate the recreational marine environment, the Evinrude team focused on a facility water system that substantially minimized water usage and consumption, keeping in line with their commitment to sustainability.
The final design, a closed-loop system that leverages the excess heat produced when testing outboard engines, also provides water for various processes throughout the facility from a 500,000-gallon tank used for engine testing.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve built here at BRP,” said Jeff Wasil, engineering manager of emissions testing, certification and regulatory development. “Our cross-functional team designed an engine endurance test center, water filtration system and energy recovery systems that allowed for the successful development of fuel-efficient and low-emission marine outboard engines.”
Wasil said BRP’s reliable and sustainable filtration system has saved more than 22 million gallons of water, which equates to $175,000 in associated water, sewage and wastewater treatment fees. The sustainable water testing facility was also integral to the company’s launch of the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine. The new engine is 15 percent more fuel-efficient than competitors, according to the company.
The Evinrude manufacturing facility is also home base for the research, development and design of all Evinrude E-TEC 15-hp to 300-hp outboard engines. Since the launch of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine last June, it has also won the Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show and numerous international boat show recognitions.