Isobutanol Fuel Blend More Boater-Friendly than E15

Recreational Boating, photo USCG.

Market Watch: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) just released a report evaluating isobutanol, provided by Gevo, Inc., that shows great promise for it as a petroleum blendstock for the boating industry.

Over the summer, NMMA conducted 2 tests, an emissions test and a product test, to evaluate the effects of butanol-blended fuels in a harsh marine environment. The project aimed to determine if isobutanol could be a better alternative to ethanol blends for the boating industry.

NMMA President Thom Dammrich says of the NMMA and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) isobutanol research, “We are pleased with the results of the isobutanol evaluation and look forward to more testing on this, and other, important alternatives to E15. We know E15 causes significant damage to boat engines and therefore rushing it to the market is irresponsible and an unnecessary step, especially in light of the promising test results on isobutanol.”

To read more:

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GEVO White Paper: Isobutanol – A Renewable Solution (PDF)


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