Alternative Kraftstoffe

In 1900, a peanut oil-powered diesel engine was introduced by request of the French government at the Paris International Exhibition. Due to the high cost of the materials, this idea was not pursued any further, but even Rudolf Diesel would later experiment with vegetable oils as fuel for engines and express a positive opinion.

Since 2007, the Federal Control of Polution Act (BImSchG) requires the oil industry to sell a minimum percentage of biofuels – in proportion with the respective energy content. If one takes the development of the biofuel sector into account, this rate should increase further.

Currently, the share of biodiesel in fossil diesel fuel is 7 percent.