National Biodiesel Day:
National Biodiesel Day is celebrated every year on 18th March in honor of Rudolf Diesel, the diesel engineman. He was the first person to predict that one-day vegetable oil will be as useful for transportation as petroleum fuel.
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Why National Biodiesel Day?
Biodiesel is the most diverse fuel available at present. It is a renewable source of energy and is produced from widely available resources like recycled cooking oil, vegetable oil, and animal fat, etc. Biodiesel contains the much-required lubricity to ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel. It also reduces the deposit formation in the fuel injectors of the fuel system of high-pressure common rail. With the increased concentration of biodiesel, the thickness of deposit formation decreases.
According to Jessica Robinson, Communications Director at NBB, having a particular date marked as National Biodiesel Day helps highlight the industry that does so much work like provide clean air, support so many jobs and help innovation in America. It should be looked upon just like any anniversary or birthday. It is a day to rejoice in how far we have come. Having a synchronized day where all parts of the industry share their views strengthens our voice. There are several amazing stories related to the biodiesel world, and having an annual day facilitates the perfect platform for such stories to be shared.
Grant Kimberly, Executive Director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, says that the production of advanced biodiesel yields around 5.5 times more energy than it takes to produce it. Biodiesel plants use homegrown soybean. It is good for the economy in many ways. She says it’s a homegrown and environment-friendly product.
How Can We Observe National Biodiesel Day?
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has shared interesting 3 ways in which you can join the celebration on March 18.
- Brand Vehicles
All biodiesel users can apply for matching funds (NBB shares half the cost and approves up to $10,000 that can be matched). These can be utilized for initiatives like branding diesel vehicles with wraps, decals, stickers, and other ways to promote the use of Biodiesel. You can apply online for the funds on their website.
- Follow NBB
Follow biodiesel’s journey on the social media channels of NBB and learn more about biodiesel on biodiesel.org.
- Share on Social Media
NBB has provided these sample posts and images that can be shared on Facebook and Twitter. It is encouraged for the biodiesel users to spread awareness regarding biodiesel and share the information using the hashtag #NATIONALBIODIESELDAY on their social media platforms.
Interesting Facts on National Biodiesel Day:
- Biodiesel is renewable and releases 86% fewer emissions than petroleum diesel.
- Biodiesel degrades 4 times faster than petroleum diesel.
- Biodiesel is almost 10 times lesser toxic than regular table salt.
- Pure Biodiesel degrades nearly 90% and slightly faster than dextrose test sugar underwater.
- It is the American alternative to imported oil. It constitutes almost 3.5% of the total fuel used in the U.S., reducing the dependence on global oil markets and crude oil.
- It can be produced from soybean oil, recycled cooking oil, and animal fat, etc.
- Biodiesel does not need any modifications in the existing engines. It can be used safely in machines and engines of all sizes.
- Biodiesel supports almost 62,000 jobs across America.
- Advanced biodiesel produces 5.5 times more energy than it takes to produce it.
History of National Biodiesel Day:
Rudolf Diesel invented the first engine that ran on peanut oil in 1893 and was introduced to the world in 1900 at the Paris Exhibition. The National Biodiesel Day is commemorated on his birthday by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). The year of the foundation of this day is unknown.
NBB was founded in 1992 as National Soy Diesel Development Board and was renamed as National Biodiesel Board in 1994. This was done to reflect the preferred name for the fuel. It is a non-profit trade association that focuses on promoting the use of biodiesel and educating the public.
The NBB started the National Biodiesel Day to spread awareness among the public. It aims to enlighten the public regarding the multiple benefits of using biodiesel for the environment. It also provides funds to promote the publicity of the fuel.