The Ultimate Biodiesel Adventure

Thirty countries, six months and four travelers—all connected by biodiesel
By Luke Geiver | April 21, 2011

This may go down as the greatest biodiesel-infused road trip ever. Four men will embark on a six-month tour that will span 30 countries, starting in Australia and ending in Norway. How they will get from point A to point B isn’t the intriguing part about the trip, but instead, how they will do it.

The goal is to make the entire trip without filling up at a single gas station. Although that may sound as grandiose as road trip themes often are, these guys have a plan—and more importantly, a biodiesel processor. During the trip, the crew, which consists of an engineer, a banker, a disc jockey and a welder, will use a biodiesel processor built in part by the engineer. The plan is to convert into B100 waste oil and grease they source along the way from such outlets as pub bistros, fish and chip shops, restaurants, abattoirs, canola fields and poultry farms. To make the water crossing, they’ve constructed a boat that will also run on biodiesel.

The team will carry general supplies, water and radio equipment and be accompanied by a photographer and a video crew. The time at sea will be roughly 20 days and the project has already garnered the support of the Australian and Indonesian governments. “Let’s get one thing clear,” the team wrote on its choice for fuel. “We’re not saying biodiesel is a magical potion that’ll make everything better. We see biodiesel as a step in the right direction, a fuel that can be easily integrated into existing infrastructure and burnt in standard engines. One truth,” they say, is “biodiesel is much better for our planet than mineral diesel.”

And the purpose of the undertaking? Because, the team says, “people generally believe that helping the environment requires time, money, effort and sacrifice; that it is a choice to be green; that it is boring.” Or, they mention fittingly, “that it is just for hippies.” The team says that while they hope to have fun on the trip and during the educational showcase events they plan to give during the time on the road, “we want to show that enjoying yourself can go hand in hand with living sustainability.”

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