Suzuki unveils microplastics collection system for outboards
Innovative device that filters microplastics from engine cooling water.
Suzuki announced what it says is the world’s first microplastics collection system for outboard motors on Thursday as part of the IBEX Online virtual trade event.
The system consists of an in-line filter installed at the engine’s cooling water outlet, where it collects microplastics and other small pieces of debris sucked in by the engine while it runs.
The compact arrangement fits under the hood of select Suzuki outboards 40hp or higher, and includes a bypass channel that allows unobstructed engine operation even if the filter becomes clogged.
The innovative design of the system ensures that it has no impact on the driving performance of the motor or cooling efficiency.
According to the company, the filter package will initially be offered as an optional accessory with 2021 model year engines, with plans to make it standard equipment in the future.
“We are excited to take this significant step where our engines can be part of a solution to a critical environmental problem,” said Suzuki Motor of America President Max Yamamoto. “We have long recognized that Suzuki customers are avid fishermen and sailors who care about the environment. This is something we can do together to protect our oceans, lakes and rivers so that future generations can enjoy them. ”
The announcement coincides with the launch of Suzuki’s Clean Ocean Project, described as a global initiative to reduce plastic waste and its harmful effects on the marine environment. As part of that initiative, Suzuki has committed to reducing the use of plastics in its outboard motor packaging materials and parts, which could reduce the use of plastics by about 2.3 tonnes each year.
Microplastics have been shown to pose significant hazards to fish, marine mammals, and other forms of aquatic life.