What are the raw materials needed for the manufacture of AdBlue®?
AdBlue® is composed of:
- High-quality urea, a synthetic chemical produced from ammonia and carbon dioxide
- Demineralised water that is purified and free from traces of minerals or other chemicals
The AdBlue® production process
There are two main production processes used in the manufacture of AdBlue®. The first is to dissolve solidified urea granules (also known as “prills”) in purified water at a location close to where the AdBlue® is needed. The second is to dissolve the synthetic urea stream in pure water at a urea factory. Manufacturers must meet ISO quality control requirements in order to be allowed to produce AdBlue®.
GreenChem plans to increase its AdBlue® production capacity in Normandy
The international leader in AdBlue® production opened its first production line in France in 2008, manufacturing AdBlue® intended mainly for the local market. This production line is managed by Multisol, the chemical distribution giant. The production line is able to produce up to 25 million litres of AdBlue®. To meet growing demand, the factory’s management team is considering extending the line to increase production. This decision comes in the wake of more stringent European standards, which impose even stricter limits on nitrogen oxide emissions and that are likely to lead to a surge in demand for AdBlue® to help meet these limits.