Octane Workshop Series

July 9-12, 2018

Multiple Locations

The Fuels Institute and the national laboratories that comprise the DOE Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines initiative are co-hosting a series of collaborative, single-day stakeholder meetings to review current research on the role of octane and other fuel properties relevant to producing fuels that could enable the design of more efficient spark ignition, internal combustion engines. Each session will present the latest findings of research concerning fuels and engine options that might enhance vehicle efficiency and reduce emissions, and the opportunities and challenges associated with delivering such products to market.

Following these presentations, stakeholders will engage in a collaborative process to further explore the research findings, contemplate potential implications for the fuels and vehicles markets and identify potential next steps to further advance knowledge, understanding and awareness of these topics. The proceedings of each workshop will be captured and compiled into a summary document that will be shared with interested parties and may form the basis for additional stakeholder engagement on the subject of fuels and engines optimization.

$99 Per Seat at these Locations

July 9 – Irvine, CA
Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport,
18800 MacArthur Blvd,
Irvine, CA 92612
Registration is closed.

July 10 – Wichita, KS
Koch Industries Inc.,
4111 East 37th Street North,
Wichita, KS 67220
Registration is closed.

July 11 – Houston, TX
Phillips 66,
2331 City West Blvd,
Houston, TX 77042
Registration is closed.

July 12 – Detroit, MI
Southfield, MI
Registration is closed.

Start/End times may vary based on location.

Octane Workshop Series presented by the Fuels Institute and Co-Optima


9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions                                                               John Eichberger & John Farrell Overview and Objectives

Co-Optima Research on SI Boosted Engines                                   John Farrell
The Department of Energy (DOE) Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative brings together national laboratories, universities, and industry stakeholders to accelerate the introduction of efficient, clean, affordable, and scalable high-performance fuels and engines. For the past three years, Co-Optima researchers have been conducting research to identify fuel properties and engine parameters that maximize efficiency and performance of spark-ignition (gasoline) engines. Farrell will provide an overview of Co-Optima technical results relevant to current dialogue related to proposed changes to gasoline fuels.

Options for High Octane Fuels                                                         John Eichberger
The Fuels Institute has commissioned research by Stillwater Associates, Mathpro Inc. and Amicus Policy Group to evaluate the options for producing high octane fuels and delivering such fuels to consumers. The study, which is currently under peer review by the Fuels Institute Board of Advisors, considered regulatory requirements, infrastructure compatibility, production feasibility, scalability and cost of various high octane fuel options and estimated the overall impact on the market. Eichberger will present an overview of the study parameters, assumptions and preliminary findings within the context of current discussions.

Current Discussions Re: High Octane Fuels                                   John Eichberger
Since the launch of Co-Optima and the commissioning of the Fuels Institute report, the issue of high octane fuels and engines has gained momentum. Congressional hearings, briefings and recent discussions among some automakers and refiners have resulted in potential legislative initiatives. This session will provide an overview of the current state of affairs and introduce discussions about leveraging a 95 RON fuel.

12:00 pm


12:45 pm Small Group Breakout Discussions

The workshop will break into several smaller groups and each group will consider the following three questions. Co-Optima and Fuels Institute staff will circulate among each group to help facilitate discussions:
•    What are the pros and cons/challenges and opportunities of introducing a high octane fuel and optimized engine?
•    What are options for ensuring a successful introduction and what potential hurdles must be identified and addressed?
•    What key technical and/or analysis questions need to be answered to ensure stakeholders have the requisite information to make informed decisions about changes to the gasoline specification?

Small Group Reports and Discussion
Each group will report back to the workshop a summary of their discussions surrounding each of the three questions. Eichberger and Farrell will moderate a group discussion of these issues.

Closing Comments and Next Steps                                   John Eichberger & John Farrell

3:00 pm


John Eichberger
Executive Director
Fuels Institute

Eichberger is Executive Director of the Fuels Institute. Previously, he served more than 14 years at NACS, most recently as Vice President of Government Relations. At NACS, he oversaw the association’s comprehensive advocacy operations and represented the industry before the media and federal government. He joined NACS in 2000 after serving two years as an energy and environment policy advisor to Rep. Greg Ganske of Iowa. With nearly 20 years of related experience, Eichberger is a recognized expert on motor fuels and the fuels retailing industry. He has testified before Congress, regularly speaks to a wide variety of industry groups, is frequently seen as a guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box and is often quoted by national media outlets.

John Farrell
Laboratory Program Manager – Vehicle Technologies
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Farrell is the Laboratory Program Manager for Vehicle Technologies at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), in which capacity he manages the EERE Vehicle Technologies Office R&D portfolio. This work includes biofuel/engine interactions, vehicle electrification, batteries/energy storage, power electronics, vehicle/grid interactions, and technology integration. He is also leading the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) effort, a multi-lab, multi-DOE-office initiative focused on the co-optimization of new high-performance fuels and high efficiency engines. Prior to joining NREL, Farrell spent fifteen years at ExxonMobil’s Corporate Research Laboratory where he held a number of technical, supervisory, and strategic planning assignments in diverse areas including fuels impacts on engine efficiency, life cycle assessment, algal biofuels development, electrochemical energy storage, the energy/water nexus, molecular separations, and process chemistry. He has a BS in Chemistry from Purdue University and a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Colorado.