Josh Tickell

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Josh Tickell
Born (1975-08-07) August 7, 1975 (age 38)
Lancaster, Ohio
Spouse(s) Rebecca Tickell (2010–present)

Josh Tickell is documentary film maker, director,[1] blogger,[2] author, and public speaker, focusing on topics related to biofuels. His 2008 film, Fuel won numerous awards including the Sundance Film Festival's Best Documentary Award, as did his 2012 film, The Big Fix.

The Veggie Van Voyage[edit]

Tickell returned to the USA, bought an old diesel-powered Winnebago van that he painted with sunflowers and called the “Veggie Van".[3][4] He built a small biodiesel processor that he named “The Green Grease Machine” and then set off on a 25,000 mile, two-year tour of the USA powered by the biodiesel he made from used grease collected from fast food restaurants along the way. This journey, which eventually became known as The Veggie Van Voyage, attracted the attention of numerous media outlets, serving to promote the publicity of biodiesel as a viable alternative fuel.


After the Veggie Van tour, Tickell wrote his first book, From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank – The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel.[5] His second book is titled Biodiesel America: How to Free America From Oil and Make Money with Alternative Fuel. The book examines the status quo of the oil industry, the automakers and the government and offers an alternative energy roadmap to wean the US off fossil fuels.

Clean energy advocacy[edit]

In September 2009, Tickell’s documentary on alternative clean energy, Fuel, was rolled out into 150 cities. In 2012, Tickell's advocacy for clean energy led him to join the advisory board of Grow Energy,[6] a startup focused on developing algae as a viable energy resource.


Tickell holds an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Living from New College of Florida. After the publication of his first book, Tickell enrolled in Florida State University’s School of Motion Picture Television and Recording Arts where he earned his MFA in film.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fuel (2008) – IMDb". 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Josh Tickell". Huffington Post. 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Tickell, J. (1997). A Drive Toward Sustainable Living:Renewable Energy Alternatives to Current Lifestyle and Transportation Patterns (Bachelor thesis). 
  4. ^ Bevill, Kris (2012). "Biodiesel Magazine |". Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank: The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel: Joshua Tickell, Kaia Tickell, Kaia Roman: 9780970722706: Books". 2012. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
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