SAE 2014 High Octane Fuels Symposium

Technical Session Schedule

Tuesday, January 21

Day 1 Agenda
(Session Code: HOFS1)

Room 146 A  ALL DAY

Moderators - Patrick Davis, US Department of Energy; Jonathan Male, US Dept. of Energy

Time Paper No. Title
8:00 a.m.
Coffee / Networking
8:30 a.m. ORAL ONLY
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ronald L. Graves, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
8:45 a.m. ORAL ONLY
Overview of Efficiency Advantages of High-Octane Fuels
Fuel octane rating is an increasingly critical constraint on engine efficiency, but its importance is not widely understood. This talk will review the basics of engine knock and fuel octane rating, explain the relevance of high-octane fuel for modern engines, and share recent data.
Thomas G. Leone, Ford Powertrain Research Lab.
9:30 a.m. ORAL ONLY
Petroleum Perspective on High-Octane Fuels
Patrick Kelly, American Petroleum Institute
10:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m. ORAL ONLY
JCAP Study
Japan Clean Air Program (JCAPII) was conducted as an auto-oil program from 2002 through 2006. The project was financially supported by METI. Options consisted of the combination of octane MGRs from 90 to 95 and engines with elevated compression ratio from baseline were assumed and CO2 were carefully investigated. The assumption regarding gasoline with consistent C/H and energy density was notable and critically important for the purpose of total CO2 evaluation because fuel specification significantly affected on the quantitative results of CO2 on each side. Based on several assumptions, total CO2 from refineries and vehicles was estimated.
Kei-ichi Koseki, JPEC
11:00 a.m. ORAL ONLY
Well-to-Wheels Analysis of Higher Octane Ratings and Ethanol Content for Future US Gasoline
A well-to-wheels analysis of CO2 emissions, petroleum consumption, and cost was conducted for combinations of hypothetical future national octane rating standard (92 to 102 RON), ethanol content (E10, E20, E30), and blending approach (midlevel blend or E10+E85). A regional refinery model was used to estimate effects on the US refining sector, with the results then integrated with other relevant well-to-tank data from the GREET model. Using the resulting fuel properties, tank-to-wheel impacts were estimated for engines with and without re-optimization for each fuel.
James E. Anderson, Ford Motor Co.
11:45 a.m. ORAL ONLY
Octane Number Outlook
The octane market in the U.S. has seen a rise in octane costs, not anticipated given anticipated octane requirements and traditional market fundamentals. Meanwhile outside the U.S. markets will see movements toward higher octane targets and refinery octane requirements. This presentation reviews the drivers of U.S. octane costs and the outlook for future trends. The presentation also provides an outlook for regional octane trends in global markets
Terrence S. Higgins, Hart Energy Consulting
12:15 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Lunch Speaker: Forget the Blend Wall - the Low Carbon, High Performance Fuel is already here
This is a holistic look at taking advantage of Flex Fuel in the performance sector.
William H. Woebkenberg, Mercedes Benz
1:15 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Understanding the Size of the Infrastructure Challenge
New fuels and vehicles technologies offer many opportunities, however they are most often accompanied by many challenges. Not least among these is ensuring the distribution infrastructure is suitable for transporting, storing and dispensing the new fuel product. In addition, fuel retailers must evaluate the business benefits or consequences associated with offering a new fuel, including the level of consumer demand, the cost of equipment and the availability of storage space to accommodate another product. Eichberger will present an overview of issues that retailers must consider when deciding whether they can or want to offer their customers a new fuel.
John Eichberger, National Assoc. of Convenience Stores
1:45 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Large Fuel Retailer Infrastructure Case Study
Clif Coker, Murphy USA
2:15 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Underground Storage Tanks: New Fuels and Compatibility
In discussing the future of fuels, it is important to not lose sight of the importance of a resilient infrastructure supporting these fuels. EPA regulations address the prevention and detection of releases from underground storage tank (UST) systems; one particular provision in the federal UST regulations that aims to prevent releases specifically requires compatibility of stored substances with UST system components. Today’s talk will focus on the importance of ensuring compatibility with new fuels and what we are learning from EPA’s on-going related research efforts.
Ryan Haerer, US EPA
2:30 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Dispenser Compatibility, Compatibility Tests, and Future Fuels
The projected future of gasoline includes high octane fuel with renewable blend stock to enable a more efficient vehicle fleet and support achieving renewable fuels goals. Proactively considering and addressing distribution challenges will support feasible deployment of new fuels. Work in recent years to assess compatibility and update listing protocols to reflect evolving fuel blends has yielded some compatible infrastructure, but other installed equipment may not have been designed or evaluated for higher future blends such as E30. This session will review completed scientific efforts and potential future efforts that could redefine the testing and certification protocols for E30 dispensing.
Ken Boyce, UL
3:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Fuel Regulations, Specifications, and Historical Perspective on Unleaded Phase-In
This presentation will address federal and state fuel regulations and laws governing the introduction into commerce of new fuels. This presentation will review ASTM fuel specifications for gasoline, ethanol, and ethanol blended fuels for flexible fuel vehicles and the challenges and opportunities for developing specifications for new high octane renewable fuels, including E30. In addition, a historical perspective on EPA’s introduction of unleaded gasoline in the 1970’s will be provided, and the successful implementation of that program.
Marilyn J. Herman, Herman & Associates
4:00 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Federal Policy Driving Changes in Gasoline
Bruce Heine, Magellan Midstream Partners LP
4:30 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Closing Speaker: Ethanol Industry Perspective on High-Octane Future Fuels
Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association
5:00 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Closing Remarks followed by Networking Reception
Session Organizers, SAE Staff