National Biodiesel Day recognizes billion gallon biodiesel market


When Rudolph Diesel developed the first diesel engine it ran on peanut oil. Now, a century later as oil prices continue disrupting our economy, renewable fuel is back. Biodiesel is supporting jobs and breaking records as we recognize Diesel’s foresight and celebrate Biodiesel Day.

“Diesel’s engines and clean burning, renewable biodiesel are at work right now all over the country,” said Gary Haer, National Biodiesel Board Chairman. “Biodiesel supports American jobs and energy security. Biodiesel’s success reflects the bigger picture reality: strong energy policy can work to stimulate clean, American-made energy.”

National Biodiesel Day is celebrated, March 18, the date of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday to honor him for recognizing the valuable role of oil-based fuel from renewable resources. 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.”

Source: National Biodiesel Board