At the meeting, Joel Hirshboeck of Kwik Trip
shared his company’s experience converting their
vehicles to natural gas and installing a refueling infrastructure. Kwik Trip currently operates 72 natural
gas vehicles and has 25 natural gas retail stations in
their system, with many more planned. In addition,
Brett Barry with Clean Energy and Norman Herrera
with Sparq Natural Gas shared their individual perspectives on the growth opportunities for natural gas,
both in the heavy duty vehicle segment and within
the consumer light duty market.
The Spring Meeting was also a great opportunity for attendees to expand their familiarity with
certain alternative transportation technologies
currently being researched at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) campus in Golden, Colorado. The tour began with a visit to the
electric vehicle grid integration laboratory to learn
about EV recharging capabilities and emerging
technologies. We then visited NREL’s biochemical
and thermochemical cellulosic biofuels facilities,
as well as the algae biofuels research laboratory.
All the presentations and the tour sparked robust
discussion and will help drive the agenda of the
Fuels Institute in coming months. Now in our
second year, the Fuels Institute is delivering on its
promise to foster a collaborative environment and
to commission research that is relevant to both
today’s market and the market of tomorrow.
A comprehensive analysis of the potential for
a natural gas transportation market is currently
underway by Carnegie Mellon University. The first
report from this project will be released before year’s
end. In addition, this summer we will evaluate the
growth potential for the diesel market, exploring the
increasing demand from light duty vehicles and the
improved efficiency of the heavy duty fleet. In the
coming months, the Fuels Institute will also be releasing a consumer survey gauging interest in alternative fuels and soliciting feedback and discussion.
Many exciting developments are percolating at
the Fuels Institute that will inspire debate about
the current and future market for transportation
The Fuels Institute Annual Meeting is November
17-19, in Southern California. You are invited to
register for this open meeting and we are planning
a fantastic agenda. In addition to discussions on
key issues facing the transportation fuels market,
we will also be visiting retail facilities that dispense
hydrogen and natural gas, as well as visit with
experts at Toyota to learn more about advanced
Registration information will be available in the
near future. In the meantime, join the conversation
online at Facebook and Twitter. By sharing information and opinions with one another, we can create a
sustainable transportation fuels market.
fuels. Keep your eyes open for new research, events
and opportunities to help you extract the most
from your fuels business.
For more information about the Fuels Institute or
how you can get involved, contact John Eichberger,
executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting attendees explored alternative transportation technologies
being researched at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s campus.