Rudolf Diesel: The World’s First Biofuels Visionary
Any examination of biofuel & biodiesel technology must first begin with a discussion of Rudolf Diesel. Who was Rudolf Diesel? Rudolf Diesel is the German engineer who invented the Compression Heat Engine, more commonly known today as the Diesel Engine. His efforts were aimed at developing a high efficiency engine that would surpass the Steam Engine. Revolutionary in its time, the Compression Heat Engine could burn virtually any fuel via the high temperatures created by compressing the chamber’s air prior to fuel injection. In other words, this engine required NO spark plugs. But Rudolf Diesel also foresaw the future of world energy demand versus fuel supply/resources. On April 13, 1912 during a speech he gave in Saint Louis, Missouri, Rudolf Diesel stated:
“The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today, but such oils may become, in the course of time, as important as petroleum and the coal-tar products of the present time ………Motive power can still be produced from the heat of the sun, always available, even when the natural stores of solid & liquid fuels are completely exhausted.” Rudolf Diesel was truly a biofuels visionary.
The Life of Rudolf Diesel
The slide show ABOVE provides a detailed look into Rudolf Diesel’s life. The slide show is provided in an automated fashion. However, you can pause the show by hovering your pointer over the slide. In addition, you can navigate forwards or backwards by clicking on the navigation arrows. I have also created an animated PowerPoint Slide Show which you can obtain via it’s download button. You can also download a PDF of Rudolf Diesel’s US Patent# 542846 filed after his German patent for the compression ignition engine by also clicking it’s download button.