When Rudolf Diesel demonstrated his compression combustion engine at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris, the engine ran on peanut oil. Only later were Diesels engines polluted with fuels made from a petroleum distillate. Biodiesel is a fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as new and used vegetable oils and animal fats and is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act.
This fuel can be made from locally available materials which can keep the fuel dollars in our local economy. A biodiesel production test facility is coming online at Port Hueneme which will provide fuel to the local area. Local users of the fuel include Channel Islands National Park which has used the fuel for several years in the marine environment.
I have been using 100% biodiesel (B100) in my 1984 Mercedes Benz 300D for over eight years. I have traveled over 150,000 miles without using any petroleum fuel. It cost me $8.73 to prepare the car to run on the fuel which consisted of replacing three short fuel lines, one of which was leaking to begin with. I have had some problems with fuel in storage becoming contaminated due to some rusting drums but now have plastic ones. As with any fuel, poor handling practices usually results in poor fuel.
I also have a 1999 VW Golf TDI and a 2001 Dodge pickup both of which also operate on biodiesel (B100). If you are using biodiesel locally or are interested in the fuel contact me.
In 2004 Kent Bullard received the inaugural "Eye On Biodiesel" Award for Inspiration from the National Biodiesel Board.
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