AdBlue for Agriculture
Boost your efficiency and sustainability with Licensed AdBlue from Landowner Products – the smart choice for Agricultural Machinery and Farm Vehicles
AdBlue is the recognised brand name used for diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and is used widely in agricultural machinery to reduce harmful emissions of nitrous oxide from diesel engines. Any machine or industrial vehicle with a diesel engine built after 2011 needs AdBlue to work effectively, as these engines are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems in their exhausts. Using AdBlue reduces air pollution from farm machinery and makes your engines run more efficiently, so it is important for reducing the impact of your business on local air quality and can make your engines last longer.
What is AdBlue?
AdBlue is a solution of high-purity urea (32.5%) and deionised water (67.5%) which reduces emissions from the diesel engines of vehicles like tractors, trucks, buses, and agricultural equipment. It is clear and non-toxic, so it’s safe to use and store on the farm. VDA-approved AdBlue is often produced by fertiliser plants, as it involves many of the same ingredients and processes
How Does AdBlue Work?
An engine equipped to use AdBlue will have a separate DEF tank from the diesel tank. The AdBlue is automatically injected into the exhaust system in amounts carefully controlled by the engine’s electronic control unit (ECU), based on the conditions of the engine.
Once injected into the exhaust, the AdBlue comes into contact with the SCR system. This uses the heat of the exhaust to cause a chemical reaction between the Nitrous Oxide (NO2 or NOx) in the exhaust gas and the urea (CH4N2O) in the AdBlue, producing Nitrogen gas (N), water vapour (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2). These gasses are then released into the atmosphere, causing much less air pollution than NOx.
The Benefits of AdBlue for Agricultural Businesses
AdBlue helps reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines to meet environmental regulations. It converts nitrogen oxide into harmless nitrogen and water vapour, reducing the amount of NOx that is released into the atmosphere. By using AdBlue, farms and agricultural businesses can reduce their impact on the environment and help to protect local air quality, which is good for people, crops, livestock and wildlife. Using AdBlue helps you keep NOx emissions from diesel combustion below 0.8mg/km, which is the limit set under Euro 6 legislation (2014).
AdBlue also improves engine performance. By reducing NOx emissions, AdBlue can optimise the combustion process, which can lead to better fuel economy and improved engine performance. AdBlue can also help to extend the life of your diesel engine and improve its overall performance, saving agricultural businesses money in the long run.
How Farms Use AdBlue
Farms and agricultural businesses use AdBlue with any equipment with both a diesel engine and an SCR system. This includes vehicles, tractors, quadbikes, pumps and generators. Because most farming facilities have multiple diesel vehicles operating daily, buying and storing AdBlue in bulk is a cost-effective strategy, creating minimal waste packaging and allowing convenient top-ups to multiple vehicles.
To use AdBlue effectively, there are a few considerations and precautions that should be taken:
- Use high-quality AdBlue: Use only high-quality AdBlue that meets the ISO 22241 standard. Low-quality or contaminated AdBlue can damage the SCR system and lead to increased emissions.
- Store AdBlue properly: AdBlue should be stored in a cool, dry, and clean environment, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Keep it in its original sealed container until it is ready to be used. Provided it is stored properly, a bulk container can be stored for 18 months.
- Handle AdBlue carefully: Although AdBlue is a non-toxic solution, it should be handled carefully to avoid spills or splashes. If it comes into contact with skin or eyes, rinse it with water immediately. A small spill can be diluted with water and mopped up, but larger spills should be treated with care. Avoid large amounts of adblue entering drains or waterways. Instead, use a spill kit to absorb the fluid and dispose of it safely.
- Refill AdBlue regularly: AdBlue should be refilled regularly to ensure that the SCR system is working effectively. Most diesel engines and equipment have a warning light or message that indicates when AdBlue levels are getting low.
- Do not mix AdBlue with other substances: AdBlue should not be mixed with diesel fuel, water, or any other substances. This can damage the SCR system and lead to expensive repairs to your engines, so you should avoid contamination at all costs.
Using AdBlue for agricultural vehicles is safe and effective, and skipping refilling your AdBlue tanks is not worth the reduction in performance that your engine will face.
Get your licensed AdBlue from Landowner Products today
You can buy AdBlue and have it delivered to your farm or agricultural business within 24 hours. Buying in bulk can give you access to lower prices, for quantites more than 1,000 litres use our bulk order form to get the best prices online, these quotes include shipping costs so that you can buy with confidence. For other quantities visit our Adblue Category.