Diesel Powers the Economy

Attend the Diesel Fuel Quality Workshop, Feb. 19-20, for a broader understanding of the diverse factors influencing the market.

December 07, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Diesel may be the fuel that powers the economy, but engine manufacturers and trucking companies have reported issues with today’s diesel fuel, citing that improvements in fuel quality are needed. Retailers have a vital role to play in determining how to deliver the best fuel to the end user in the most cost-efficient way.

The Fuels Institute is hosting the 2019 Diesel Fuel Quality Workshop, Feb. 19-20 at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C., to connect attendees with experts from across the industry and identify opportunities to expedite market improvements. The workshop will also give attendees a broader understanding of the diverse factors influencing the market. Those who attend will benefit from new industry perspectives and relationships.

Launched in 2017, the Fuels Institute created the Fuel Quality Council (FQC) as a non-biased, collaborative initiative aimed at better understanding the relationship of diesel fuel in modern high pressure common rail engines. “The concerns relating to engine performance and diesel fuel quality represent an opportunity for the industries—on the fuels, vehicles and engines sides—to come together to share knowledge, evaluate available data, and seek greater understanding of the existing challenges and possible solutions available in the heavy-duty market,” said Amanda Appelbaum, director of research for the Fuels Institute. “FQC provides the mechanism for such collaboration to be successful.”

FQC’s core mission includes:

  • Eliminating silos by bringing together diverse stakeholders in the diesel fuel and engine supply chain and facilitating collaboration among these entities;
  • Reviewing current research and literature to identify gaps in knowledge and develop a plan to contribute value to the knowledge base;
  • Benchmarking fuel quality by working with engine manufacturers to understand the optimum specifications for diesel fuel and develop a model to compare diesel fuel quality in North America to that in other countries;
  • Mapping the relationship between fuel quality and engine problems by comparing maintenance data with the fuel quality benchmark;
  • Evaluating the entire fuel supply and distribution system, from nozzle to refiner, to identify potential sources of the problem; and
  • Determining whether potential solutions to any diesel engine-fuel problems will yield a return on investment and the value of taking such steps. 
Register for the Diesel Fuel Quality Workshop; space is limited, so reserve your seat today. For more information, contact Amanda Appelbaum, director of research, at (703) 518-7974 or aappelbaum@fuelsinstitute.org.