Celebrating National Biodiesel Day!

National Biodiesel Day is observed annually on March 18th.   The day is the birthday of Rudolph Diesel.

Rudolph Diesel invented the diesel engine and unveiled it at the World Fair in 1900.  The engine was originally designed to run on peanut oil and R. Diesel was a big believer in the role plant oils could play in fueling America.

In a 1912 speech, Diesel said, “…the use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present time.”

Biodiesel is a cleaner burning, petroleum-free alternative to diesel that can be made from animal fat, vegetable oil and recycled cooking oil.  It is reducing U.S. dependence on imported diesel and creating green jobs as well as improving our environment.  Biodiesel is America’s first advanced Biofuel and has become an increasingly popular fuel.