BRP Receives Sustainable Business Award

BRP's Sturtevant, Wisconsin-based closed-loop facility water system has received a Sustainable Business Award for Sustainable Process. The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and Cool Choices presented the award.

"BRP was a clear favourite of the judges for the 2015 Earth Day Sustainable Business Awards,' according to Tom Eggert, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. "The comprehensive approach used by BRP in designing and operating its 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, Wisconsin 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.

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 (1.9 million litre) gallon tank used for engine testing. This closed-loop process earned BRP the honour.

"We're very proud of what we've built here at BRP,' said Jeff Wasil, Engineering Manager, 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 says BRP's filtration system has saved more than 22 million gallons (83.3 million litres) of water, which equates to US $175,000 in associated water, sewage and waste water treatment fees.

The sustainable water testing facility also played an integral role in the company's launch of its Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine. The Evinrude manufacturing facility is also home base for research, development and design of Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines ranging from 15hp to 300hp.