AdBlue® is used in SCR-equipped diesel vehicles

Use quality AdBlue: Yara’s Air1® brand

AdBlue is used in SCR technology-equipped diesel vehicles. Yara is one of the world’s leading producers of AdBlue, with its Sluiskil plant in the Netherlands being the largest AdBlue production site in the world. Yara’s brand of AdBlue, Air1, is supplied through its network of Air1 distributors, so that it reaches our local markets around the world.

AdBlue pump from Air1

AdBlue for commercial vehicles

Since 2005, most new trucks, buses, coaches and vans have been equipped with SCR technology. Yara has worked with fleet operators, fuel distributors and retail stations to provide the market with its Air1 brand of AdBlue.

AdBlue vehicle

AdBlue for non-road mobile machinery

More and more new models of tractors, agricultural machinery, construction vehicles, airport and port equipment are equipped with SCR technology which requires AdBlue. Yara supplies its Air1 brand of AdBlue to this market.

What is SCR technology for trucks, buses, off-road vehicles and cars?

"SCR" is the name of a post-combustion technology treatment for diesel vehicles, which allows them to reduce their harmful emissions of NOx (nitrogen oxides). SCR stands for Selective Catalytic Reduction. This technology requires the use of a reagent called AdBlue. Almost all of the main engine manufacturers use this technology to meet the requirements of new legislation on NOx (Nitrogen oxides) emissions.

The main components of the SCR system are the:

  • SCR catalyst 
  • AdBlue Fluid injection unit 
  • AdBlue tank
  • AdBlue injection control unit.

How does AdBlue work with SCR technology?

AdBlue is injected from the vehicle’s dedicated AdBlue storage tank into the exhaust pipe, which is in front of the SCR catalyst, but downstream of the engine. As it is heated in the exhaust, the AdBlue changes into ammonia (NH3) and carbon dioxide (CO2). When the nitrogen oxide (NOx) gases from the exhaust pipe react inside the catalyst with the ammonia, the harmful NOx molecules in the exhaust are converted into harmless nitrogen and water, which is released to the atmosphere as steam.

To learn more, please visit our What is AdBlue? page

Do I need to maintain my vehicle’s SCR system?

The SCR system is installed in your vehicle by the manufacturer and works automatically. You do not need to maintain or modify it. AdBlue is automatically injected into the exhaust depending on your vehicle engine’s load. As for adjusting the consumption, the level of AdBlue consumption is determined by the vehicle manufacturer.

To make sure that your SCR system works correctly, please make sure that you only use high quality AdBlue, such as that sold under the brand name Air1 by Yara. This will protect the investment you have made in your vehicle as a low quality reagent would not be pure enough and could be contaminated with impurities. This could cause damage to your catalyst and lead to very high repair costs, that the vehicle manufacturer will not cover.

Yara's AdBlue is marketed under the Air1 brand. Air1’s AdBlue is produced from a solution of high-purity, virgin urea. Urea is produced synthetically from ammonia and CO2 (carbon dioxide), from which Air1’s AdBlue is extracted directly as “hot melt” urea, which is a different process to fertilizer grade urea. This AdBlue process is quality assured to ensure the correct, stringent specification is attained, ensuring the quality and purity of Yara’s Air1 AdBlue. Learn more about the importance of the quality of AdBlue.

Air1, Yara’s AdBlue brand is available through a network of authorized Air1 AdBlue distributors. You can buy AdBlue from retail stations or from resellers of fuel and other spare-parts for heavy duty vehicles. AdBlue can be delivered direct to your depot or garage in bulk from a road tanker to your bulk storage tank, or packaged in an IBC or drum.

If you want to add AdBlue to the range of products you already offer your customers, do it by choosing the benchmark brand: Yara's Air1!

Supply reliability with Air1

AdBlue is a solution of very pure urea. Yara is a leading producer of urea in the world, producing AdBlue in several plants across Europe, and operating the world’s largest AdBlue plant in Sluiskil in the Netherlands. With Yara as a supplier, you can count on uninterrupted supply reliability, when and where you need it anywhere in the world.

Count on high purity AdBlue with Air1

Our AdBlue is extracted directly from the production of urea in a dedicated quality process, which guarantees purity. This is an extremely important point because not all AdBlue producers use this process which can affect quality. As the SCR catalyst is very sensitive to impurities, it is important for you to rely on a quality product through a supply chain dedicated to AdBlue. Demand the best quality for your customers.

An AdBlue expert at your side

Yara's Air1 brand has been on the market since the very beginning of the AdBlue market in 2005. We were one of the pioneers of this product, along with the OEMs of the vehicles using SCR technology. We know all the secrets and we'll let you take advantage of this unique expertise to get yourself started in this market. It's reassuring when you adopt new products to have an expert by your side.