High-Octane Mid-Level Ethanol Blend Market Assessment

High-octane fuel (HOF) could enable dramatic growth in the U.S. ethanol industry, with consequent energy security and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission benefits, while also supporting introduction of more efficient vehicles. HOF could provide the additional ethanol demand necessary for more widespread deployment of cellulosic ethanol. However, the potential of HOF can be realized only if it is adopted by the motor fuel marketplace. This study assesses the feasibility, economics, and logistics of this adoption by the four required participants—drivers, vehicle manufacturers, fuel retailers, and fuel producers. It first assesses the benefits that could motivate these participants to adopt HOF. Then it focuses on the drawbacks and barriers that these participants could face when adopting HOF and proposes strategies—including incentives and policies—to curtail these barriers. These curtailment strategies are grouped into scenarios that are then modeled to investigate their feasibility and explore the dynamics involved in HOF deployment. This report does not advocate for or against incentives or policies, but presents simulations of their effects.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 123p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01603663
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NREL/TP-5400-63698
  • Contract Numbers: DE-AC36-08GO28308; Task No. BB14.4630
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 8 2016 3:58PM