Happy National Biodiesel Day!

National Biodiesel Day takes place March 18, in honor of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday. In the 1890s, Rudolf invented the diesel engine, which was designed to run on peanut oil. Rudolf knew early on the prominent role plant oils could play in fueling the future’s vehicles.

“Our industry owes its origins to Diesel, but our staying power is a function of our commitment to continued improvement, our dedication and our passion,” said National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen. “Our industry has seen its challenges as every new product does, but, more than two decades into commercial biodiesel production in the U.S., we just never took no for an answer. The success of our early pioneers challenged us and others to think bigger, think bolder, and think without limits. And now, here we are, a nearly 3 billion gallon-a-year industry.”

On Biodiesel Day, NBB celebrates a few of the many biodiesel champions who helped make this industry the success it is today. Read more.