A quick guide to AdBlue Storage

A quick guide to AdBlue Storage
17 July 2018
AdBlue® is not a new term in the oil tank and agricultural sectors in UK. Simply put, it is a colourless, non-flammable, non-hazardous liquid with a slight smell of Ammonia. And, it’s definitely not made from pig urine! AdBlue became very popular after the New Euro 6 emissions regulations came into effect. The regulations stipulate that all diesel-powered cars, vehicles and agricultural machinery must meet standards for exhaust emissions of NOx and other pollutants. The aim of the regulations is to reduce the harmful effects of these gases on the environment and public health. This legislation states that all vehicles equipped with a diesel engine will be required to considerably reduce their emissions of nitrogen oxide. Manufacturers of cars, vehicles and agricultural machinery therefore started relying on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), a process which assists in breakdown of harmful gases such as Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) into nitrogen and water which exist naturally in the air we breathe. Adblue is basically injected into the exhaust of a diesel engine for this conversion to happen.

Quick Facts about AdBlue

checkbox-303113_960_720.png AdBlue is actually not blue
checkbox-303113_960_720.png Also known as Diesel Exhaust Fluid or Aqueous Urea Solution
checkbox-303113_960_720.png Harmless substance
checkbox-303113_960_720.png Contains 67.5% deionised water and 32.5% urea
checkbox-303113_960_720.png Helps reduce harmful emissions from vehicles
checkbox-303113_960_720.png AdBlue is injected into the vehicles exhaust
checkbox-303113_960_720.png Used in diesel powered cars, vehicles and agricultural machinery
checkbox-303113_960_720.png Highly corrosive to base metals therefore only dedicated AdBlue storage should be used
checkbox-303113_960_720.png AdBlue should ideally be stored between 0 and 30°C, and kept protected from direct sunlight
checkbox-303113_960_720.png Should be properly sealed when it is not being used
checkbox-303113_960_720.png The freezing point of AdBlue is -11ºC but if it falls below this level internal components could get damaged
checkbox-303113_960_720.png Shelf Life of AdBlue ranges from 6-18 months depending on storage conditions

The new regulations and the rise in consumption of AdBlue led to a steady demand for AdBlue tanks and tank equipment. Purchasing an AdBlue tank is not that difficult as there are several good AdBlue tank manufacturers today. But steps need to be taken to maintain the tank if you want it to have a long shelf life.

Here are a few easy steps you can take to preserve your AdBlue tank:

Keep your tank safe and secure
You might think that an AdBlue storage tank does not need security. But that’s not true. There is always a risk of theft. So, it’s important to invest in the security of your AdBlue storage tank. The simplest thing to do would be to use a lock and make sure that the tank is kept in a place where you can see it.
Check for cracks and bulges
Like other tanks, AdBlue tanks too are prone to cracks and bulges. If the tank develops a crack, it can cause a leak causing you unwanted hassle. So, check the tank at least once a month to makes sure there are no cracks. If it does have a crack, it’s time to replace it!

Check your Adblue for contamination
It’s absolutely essential to ensure that your AdBlue in itself is well maintained to ensure optimum performance of the catalytic converter and also to avoid costly repairs. Make sure you ‘Do Not’ add anything to your AdBlue; not even water. Contaminated AdBlue can severely damage the catalytic converter which is quite sensitive to impurities and you might end up spending a fortune replacing it. That’s the last thing you want! The easiest way to avoid all this hassle is to check your AdBlue at least one every month to make sure it is not contaminated. You can tell if the AdBlue is contaminated or not in just one glance.

Use a good AdBlue tank supplier
It is recommended that Adblue is stored in containers that are specifically designed and manufactured from materials suitable for storing AdBlue. This applies even to valves, dispensing nozzles and pipework. Several tank manufacturers are now producing steel and plastic AdBlue tanks but it’s important to choose a reputed supplier. Look for a supplier who has been involved in the business of manufacturing storage tanks for various requirements. See if you can find their location, delivery options and reviews of them online. Might be even a good idea to do a comparison of various tank manufacturers before you take a decision. You can find most of the information on the website of the suppliers. If not, just make a call.

Purchase good quality AdBlue
While it’s important to purchase a good quality AdBlue storage tank, it’s equally important to purchase high quality AdBlue. Always try to order AdBlue from a trustworthy source even if you have to pay a little more. It’s better to go for good quality AdBlue which will save you a lot of time and money later. Ideally, choose an AdBlue supplier who has a license to sell AdBlue. 

Harlequin MFG AdBlue Tanks
At Harlequin, we have a range of AdBlue Bunds and Dispensers ranging from 1,300 to 10,000 litre capacities to meet the requirements of all our customers. We work very closely with a number of installers. This allows us to recommend only the best and most reliable installer to our customers.
To find out more about our products, contact our team on 028 9261 1077 or email info@harlequin-mfg.com.

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