American Idol now fueled by biodiesel

By Luke Geiver | January 18, 2011

The competitive singing phenomenon, American Idol, is back for an 11th season and the show will commence with a nationwide bus tour fueled by biodiesel. The 16-city national tour will start in San Diego and end in Boston during the month-long tour. Allan Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, praised the decision by the Fox-based show as “an excellent choice toward being environmentally-friendly while still having the power and fuel-efficiency” to complete the tour.

While the use of biodiesel during the tour may go unnoticed due to featured memorabilia on display that includes framed platinum records, Carrie Underwood’s finale dress, David Cook’s guitar and a suit worn by Ryan Seacrest, Schaffer notes that “unlike other alternative fuels, advanced clean diesel engines using home-grown quality biodiesel fuels can serve every community throughout the country.”

Another commercial community, Lincoln Financial Field—home to the Philadelphia Eagles—has also made plans to use biodiesel. The owner Jeffrey Lurie will retrofit the stadium to utilize a biodiesel-reliant power plant. The stadium will collect the waste grease on-site and repurpose the feedstock to power the 7.6-megawatt power plant that sits in a parking lot near the stadium, which will use natural gas when not using biodiesel.

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