10 August 2023 - 17:48
International Biodiesel Day

International Biodiesel Day takes place on August 10. It is a day to commemorate the discovery of the diesel engine by Rudolf Diesel in 1890. He designed the engine to work on both petroleum fuel and vegetable oil, opening the possibility for organic oils, which are renewable and viable fuel sources in the near future. Biofuel is a type of fuel manufactured from vegetable oils and can work without causing as much air pollution as fossil fuels. This day aims to raise awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative source to fuel vehicles and machines, just as Mr. Diesel predicted.

Iran (IMNA) - Nobody can imagine a world without modern vehicles. They have drastically reduced our workloads and increased our reach. The history of biodiesel is the history of transportation and our constant endeavor to create innovation. The need to cover a long distance in a minimum amount of time is a necessity for us. Our tryst with transportation started when we domesticated animals and started using them for transportation. Archeologists believe that oxen were the first animals used for work and transportation. As we progressed through time, we discovered steam engines were more efficient and fast, marking the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the evolution of modern vehicles.

However, with the development of steam engines, the importance of fuel also came into the picture. How to create steam that powers the steam engine was a big question. While coal was the obvious answer to the problem, it also created problems of its own. Coal is a non-renewable resource that creates a lot of smoke and pollution — pollution bad enough to create dense fog in various parts of the world.

In 1890, Rudolf Diesel invented the diesel engine, which was able to run on various fuels, including vegetable oils. However, the cheap availability and efficiency of petroleum products made it hard to compete with them. But people did notice the alternatives, and a few people started to develop them. In 1937, G. Chavanne developed a method to create ethyl ester from palm oil. During the Second World War era, the supply of petroleum fuel dropped and a few countries started using biodiesel. However, said usage reverted to that of petroleum fuel supply was restored. Currently, air pollution levels have only gradually increased, and the need for an alternative fuel source is ever increasing. International Biodiesel Day is celebrated to create awareness about alternative fuel types like biodiesel.

International Biodiesel Day


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