Automotive Grade Urea used to manufacture AdBlue is produced from natural gas. The current conflict with Ukraine/Russia and subsequent sanctions imposed, have caused the price of natural gas to soar and has again reached a record high.European Urea manufacturers have already started to take the decision to implement either plant shutdowns or reduce production because the cost of production is too high. This in turn has led to the cost of urea and therefore AdBlue once again rising in price.

New Scientific developments will make AdBlue® even more effective at reducing (NOx) emissions.

A scientific team at Loughborough Universities School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering department have just announced ACCT (Ammonia Creation and Conversion Technology) which could make AdBlue® even more effective in normal use (and here’s why).

When used in a CSR system AdBlue® reduces the amount of (NOx) emissions that are put into the atmosphere. However, the issue the system has is that AdBlue® only functions really well when the exhaust temperatures are over 250ºC.

This means that on short trips, commutes or in a construction site situation the temperature doesn’t always get high enough for the AdBlue® to be used efficiently.

In tests (currently using HGV diesel engines) the ACCT system was able to increase the temperature range at which SCR systems can operate and the new technology significantly enhanced the existing NOx reduction systems to work at much lower temperatures – as low as 60oC.

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This means that the NOx reduction system remains active through the whole real world driving conditions, leading to additional reductions in exhaust emissions.

The technology developed by the Loughborough team is fully scalable for use in all diesel vehicles and as a result we may see even tighter legislation to further reduce the amount of toxic fumes going into the air in the future.

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