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March 16, 2018   |   Biodiesel Magazine

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Powerful reasons to celebrate National Biodiesel Day March 18


March 18 is, of course, Rudolf Diesel’s birthday, and it is no coincidence that National Biodiesel Day shares the same date. Rudolf Diesel invented the compression-ignition engine that bears his name more than 120 years ago, and he ran early models of the motor on peanut oil.

According to Allen Schaeffer, the executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, modern clean diesel cars average about 30 percent better fuel economy than their gasoline counterparts.

The U.S. market for biodiesel and renewable diesel last year was 2.6 billion gallons, second only to the record year of 2016 when the market consumed 2.9 billion gallons. Last year, domestic producers manufactured about 1.8 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel, down slightly from the prior year’s record-breaking 1.9 billion gallons.  

The U.S. biodiesel industry, with manufacturing facilities across the nation, supports 64,000 jobs, $11.42 billion in economic impact, and $2.54 billion in wages paid.

 


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