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FUELS'23 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

May 22-24, 2023
St. Louis, MO

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Register now for THE conference of the year for unbiased research and dialogue with key stakeholders in the energy sector that will reimagine the transportation industry.

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What Is at Stake at FUELS’23?
 
The market for transportation energy has never been more exciting!  Facing the daunting challenge of reducing carbon emissions while preserving access to affordable and reliable energy is forcing stakeholders to experiment with new technologies and fuel formulations that offer so many opportunities, and challenges. As FUELS’23 kicks off, Fuels Institute Executive Director will talk about the prevailing issues facing the market and how the conference agenda seeks to inspire discussion about solutions to those issues.  

Lessons Learned from the Past 10 Years

In its first year, the Fuels Institute published its first report looking forward 10 years to project what the transportation market might look like in 2023. That report, “Tomorrow’s Vehicles,” predicted battery electric vehicles would represent less than 2% of light duty vehicles sales, natural gas would power around 4% of medium and heavyduty vehicles on the road and diesel-powered light duty vehicles would account for about 7% of total vehicles sold. Now that we have the benefit of living in 2023, we can reflect on what has changed in the past 10 years and discuss what lessons we have learned that can help us better anticipate what the next 10 years might have in store for the transportation sector. The panel includes the authors of that report as well as some of the Institute’s founding Board members who peer reviewed this inaugural publication. 

Why the Focus on Decarbonization and How Do We Account for It?

The efforts to decarbonize transportation are well underway, but why are we focused on it and how do we measure if we are making progress? Governments and financial firms worldwide have made reducing carbon emissions a top priority and this pressure is forcing significant change throughout the sector. To best address the challenge placed upon the market, we must understand the carbon cycle, how emissions affect the environment and how we can reduce emissions and account for that reduction. This session will take a pragmatic, non-technical approach to discuss the motivations behind the decarbonization effort, explore the importance of life cycle emissions analysis and evaluate how we might use such analysis to guide our decarbonization decisions. 

EV Infrastructure – The Perspective of Drivers and Charger Operators

To develop a charging infrastructure that satisfies the needs and desires of drivers, as well as delivers an economic return to those investing in the equipment, we first must understand what each actually wants and needs and then develop a system designed specifically to deliver value. The EV market in the European Union is much more mature than that in the U.S., and there are many lessons to be learned. Yet, the interests and behaviors of the American driver are very different from Europeans, so we must consider those lessons within the context of domestic considerations. This session will dive deep into the results of a Fuels Institute Electric Vehicle Council survey of drivers and charger site operators in both North America and the European Union to help enhance the infrastructure deployment strategy to deliver meaningful value to both stakeholder groups. 

The Economics of Charging – Utilization, Timing and Demand Charges

In the past several years, the market for electric vehicles has expanded from a few models to more than 50 available today! Sales have increased from less than half of one percent to 6% of all light duty vehicles sold and the investment in charging infrastructure has exploded with opportunities. But how does the charging market evolve to deliver robust value to the consumer and generate a meaningful return on investment to the charger operator?  There are hurdles that must be overcome to achieve that objective – increased utilization and reduced operating expenses are two of the key metrics that must improve. This session will share insights from the Electric Vehicle Council’s demand charge mitigation study and the Fuels Institute’s ROI360/Heatmapping initiative to explore the path forward to overall profitability. 

Addressing the Elephant in the Room – Internal Combustion Engines

With nearly 300 million units in the United States and 1.4 billion globally, the internal combustion engine and the liquid fuels that power it remains the dominant mobility option today and will remain so for the foreseeable future. To reduce carbon emissions from combustion engines, we must address the carbon intensity of the fuel. The most immediate opportunity for doing so is to leverage biofuels while we simultaneously seek to develop additional options. The Fuels Institute has commissioned several studies recently exploring the opportunities to gain meaningful improvements in the life cycle emissions profile of these vehicles and their fuels. This session will turn over the rocks and explore what these reports found and what it means for the market. 

Feeding the Big Dogs – Powering Commercial Vehicles

Medium and heavy-duty vehicles account for 24% of all transportation greenhouse gas emissions, yet the diversity and complexity of this market makes it extremely challenging to deliver viable decarbonization solutions at scale. There are a variety of options available in the market that can provide meaningful emissions reductions, but what these will cost the vehicle owner and operator is critical to their potential viability. This session will discuss vehicle and energy options available today or expected to be available soon, what infrastructure needs to be developed, what incentives and policies are in place to support such development and what can be done from a logistics perspective to reduce the carbon intensity of product distribution. 

Finding Solutions that Work for All

The best solutions to solve transportation challenges are those that are customized for the customers being served. This includes power systems for light duty and heavy-duty vehicles, short commutes and long-haul trips.  But this also applies to rural and urban markets, affluent and disadvantaged communities. Ensuring all have access to affordable and reliable transportation energy must be a priority, but how do we simultaneously approach carbon mitigation and equity? 

The Next Big Breakthrough?

What comes next? The pursuit of cleaner and more affordable energy will not end and the great achievements of today will be challenged by new innovations tomorrow.  So what should we be looking at?  What might be on the horizon? The research being pursued by scientists and engineers today will lead us into the future.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Join us in supporting one of the most unique and inclusive conferences in the transportation and fuels industries. Sponsorships help deliver this event but also assist in supporting our balanced and objective research of the critical issues facing the transportation energy sector.

Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

There are several sponsorship opportunities available as well as our new exhibitor program.

Event Registration

Register now for THE conference of the year.

Take Advantage of Early Bird Rates Now!

Type
Early Bird
After April 7, 2023
Fuels Institute Contributor
$799
$999
Fuels Institute Non-Contributor
$1,199
$1,399
Electric Vehicle Council Member
$799
$999
Government/National Laboratory
$399
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Contact: Marjorie Kass
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Travel Accommodations

Live! By Loews—St. Louis
799 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 597-9700 
Room Rate: $199 plus tax 

While there is an attendee room rate, each attendee is responsible for making their own hotel reservations. 

Final event details will be emailed to you approximately one week prior to FUELS’23.

If you have questions regarding your registration, please contact Amanda Patterson at [email protected].

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