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Thursday, August 10, 1893. :   Today is International Biodiesel Day, in remembrance of when Rudolf Diesel's engine, powered by a biofuel, ran on its own power for the first time.

     Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel was born on 18 March 1858 in Paris, although his parents were German. Diesel was a German inventor, most famous for his invention of the Diesel engine. He designed a single 3 m iron cylinder with a flywheel at its base which ran on its own power for the first time in Augsburg, Germany on 10 August 1893. August 10 has thus been declared International Biodiesel Day, to commemorate this event. The diesel engine was originally intended to run on bio-fuel such as vegetable oil, rather than the petroleum-based diesel fuels predominantly used today.

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