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New meaning to "fill it up"
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posted 09-04-2002 10:15 PM ET (US)
According to a news item in the September issue of Work Boat magazine, "Bombardier's Evinrude Division is developing outboard alternative fuel technology that targets the military market.
"The program is called the Advanced Development Model Non-gasoline Burning Outboard Engine. It is based on Evinrude's direct-injection technology and is intended for any branch of the military.
"...the agency intends to use a uniform, non-gasoline fuel by 2010.
"Bombardier is experimenting with...kerosene-based fuels, diesel #1, home heating oil, and JP5. JP8 and Jet A fuels.
"In at least one test with a rigid hull inflatable, a V6 model produced a speed of 46 mph."
posted 09-04-2002 10:59 PM ET (US)
I think that this would be an interesting undertaking. I can see where a common fuel would have significant cost saving.
I think that diesel, Jet A or JP5 would all have their merits.
posted 09-05-2002 12:25 AM ET (US)
If they would just make an efficient one that would burn alcohol (a fuel that you can make out of plants which are renewable) it would be nice.
posted 09-05-2002 07:49 AM ET (US)
Regarding the alternative fuels, wouldn't a Diesel outboard weigh much more for a comprable 2/4 stroke gasoline motor? As far as using Kerosene or Jet, is this going to be some kind of turbine? The design on these is probably going to be fairly radical to make it efficient and reliable.
Regarding alcohol, a lot of it is derived from natural gas or other petroleum, with no change in dependence on fossil fuel. Plant derived alcohol (ethanol or wood alcohol) is another source, but the fermentation and distillation of corn or other plant based alcohols is somewhat time and cost prohibitive. I wouldn't think that this is going to be an option for quite a time. I've also heard that the energy that can be extracted from fermentation based alcohols is less than that required for it's manufacture, based on current technology.
I'm interested in how practical the results of this are.
posted 09-05-2002 09:04 AM ET (US)
I thought that was interesting as well. Hopefully, it was not just Bomb giving the Gov the best deal on DFI and that Ficht is a sweet system.
I also read somewhere that the Yanmar outboard can burn soy diesel.
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