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BRP to begin testing next
generation biofuel
Sturtevant, Wis., May 9, 2012 –
Bombardier Recreational Products
Inc. (BRP) begins a program to test
butanol-extended fuel in a variety of
recreational marine engines for Ar-
gonne National Laboratory, in collabo-
ration with the U.S. Department of
Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office.
Butanol-extended fuel will be tested
as an alternative to gasoline contain-
ing 15 percent ethanol (E15).
The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) granted a waiver allow-
ing up to 15 percent ethanol in gaso-
line. According to industry test data
published last October, E15 can
cause significant damage to marine
engines. A 2011 alternative fuel study
executed by BRP, the National Marine
Manufacturers Association (NMMA)
and the American Boat and Yacht
Council (ABYC) concluded that isobu-
tanol was a promising alternative fuel
in marine engines.
“Gasoline with 10 percent ethanol
(E10) is still an acceptable fuel for
marine engines, including BRP’s Evin-
rude outboard engines, but isobutanol,
which has a higher energy content
than ethanol, could be a viable alter-
native to E15,” said Jeff R. Wasil, En-
gineering Technical Expert for Emis-
sions Testing, Certification and Regu-
latory Development at BRP.
“Isobutanol represents a unique op-
portunity for BRP, and the entire ma-
rine industry, to be at the forefront of
innovation in alternative fuels.”
With oversight from Argonne and the
Department of Energy, the project
calls for many types of recreational
marine inboard and outboard engines
to be tested in both a laboratory set-
ting and through on-the-water trials to
determine the effects of butanol-
extended fuel on engine power, per-
formance, emissions and overall dura-
bility. Phase one of the isobutanol
testing on the water takes place this
week in Annapolis, MD. Phase two is
planned for later in 2012.
Along with BRP, Argonne Laboratory
and the NMMA, marine manufacturers
Volvo-Penta and Indmar Marine have
provided testing resources for phase
one of the project.
(Press Release)
May 9, 2012
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
The 2013 America’s Cup is
headed for San Francisco
The San Francisco Board of Supervi-
sors approved the agreement to host
the America’s Cup to be held in San
Francisco in September 2013.
America’s Cup interim CEO Stephen
Barclay said We have worked very
hard to bring this historic race to San
Francisco, and we’re very happy to
have finally reached an agreement.
Now we are focused on making this
the most spectacular race in Amer-
ica’s Cup history.”
A series of events leading to the 2013
America’s Cup regatta in San Fran-
cisco, are scheduled as follows:
AC World Series Naples, Italy
April 11-15
AC World Series Venice, Italy
May 15-20
AC World Series Newport, R.I.
June 26-July 1
AC World Series San Francisco
Aug. 21-26
AC World Series San Francisco
Oct. 4-7
The lead up qualifying races and the
final series of races in San Francisco
will be televised internationally will be
broadcast in the United States by the
NBC Sports Network.
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NOAA predicts a
near-normal 2012
Atlantic hurricane
Irene in 2011 was a reminder that
tropical systems can affect the North-
east and of the threat of inland flood-
Conditions in the atmosphere and the
ocean favor a near-normal hurricane
season in the Atlantic Basin this sea-
son, NOAA announced today from
Miami at its Atlantic Oceanographic
and Meteorological Laboratory, and
home to the Hurricane Research Divi-
For the entire six-month season,
which begins June 1, NOAA’s Climate
Prediction Center says there’s a 70
percent chance of nine to 15 named
storms (with top winds of 39 mph or
higher), of which four to eight will
strengthen to a hurricane (with top
winds of 74 mph or higher) and of
those one to three will become major
hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph
or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5).
Based on the period 1981-2010, an
average season produces 12 named
storms with six hurricanes, including
three major hurricanes.
“NOAA’s outlook predicts a less active
season compared to recent years,”
said NOAA Administrator Jane
Lubchenco, Ph.D. “But regardless of
the outlook, it’s vital for anyone living
or vacationing in hurricane-prone loca-
tions to be prepared. We have a stark
reminder this year with the 20th anni-
versary of Hurricane Andrew.” An-
drew, the Category 5 hurricane that
devastated South Florida on August
24, 1992, was the first storm in a late-
starting season that produced only six
named storms.
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