National Biodiesel Day took place on March 18 in honour of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday.
In the 1890s, Rudolf invented the diesel engine, which was designed to run on peanut oil. The inventor knew early on about the prominent role renewable plant oils could play in fuelling the future’s better, cleaner vehicles.
With this thought of innovation in mind, the National Biodiesel Board unveiled a new industry vision - a plan to grow to over 6 billion gallons by 2030 and with advancements in feedstocks to 15 billion gallons by 2050.
Today, the operating capacity for the industry stands at more than 3 billion gallons, meeting half of NBB’s vision goal ahead of schedule.
Plant expansions and new projects could potentially add over 3 billion gallons of capacity as early as 2023.
“To see a concept like Rudolf Diesel’s get us to a 3-billion-gallon industry is remarkable,” National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen said.
“Our industry has seen its challenges, but for nearly 30 years into commercial biodiesel production, our association never took no for answer. With a mindset like Diesel’s and a better, cleaner product like biodiesel, we are well on our way to meeting our 6-billion-gallon goal.”
Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are better, cleaner fuels that are available now for use in existing diesel engines without modification.
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