Posted on September 26, 2012
by Martin Fournier
"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 the petroleum and coal tar products of the present time." --Rudolph Diesel, 1912
In 1893, German inventor and scientist Rudolph Diesel published a paper entitled "The Theory and Construction of a Rational Heat Engine." His theory described a new kind of combustion engine, which he later patented as the Diesel engine (1895). And the rest is history.