AdBlue® for Non-Road mobile machinery

Some tractors, excavators, cranes and other mobile engines that run on diesel, but not on roads, are now equipped with SCR technology, which requires a fluid called AdBlue. AdBlue is filled into a dedicated tank, separate from the one for diesel.

AdBlue is a transparent liquid that is non-hazardous and easy to use. Thanks to SCR technology and AdBlue, these vehicles are cleaner as their NOxious nitrogen oxides emissions are considerably reduced.

SCR technology and AdBlue for NOx reduction is now common in several types of non-road engines, eg:

  • Agriculture/farm engines such as tractors and combine harvesters
  • Mobile cranes
  • Engines used in harbours and airports
  • Excavators and engines used in mines or construction

Farmers and the farming community know Yara in the UK & Ireland as the leader in mineral fertilisers. Yara is also a pioneer of AdBlue. We have participated in the creation of the ISO standard for AdBlue, together with the manufacturers of diesel engines. AdBlue is a specific urea solution that is very pure in order to be compliant with the complex SCR catalyst that converts it. This urea solution is produced and distributed in a more refined process to ensure its purity than the urea solution used by the farmers in mineral fertiliser. Therefore, it is sold at a different price to reflect this.

You will find AdBlue sold by Yara under the Air1 brand name. We directly supply farmers and operators of non-road mobile machinery through a network of Air1 distributors all over the UK & Ireland.

We have a complete range of AdBlue solutions for tractors and large non-road engines. Our Air1 commercial team offer its expertise to answer any questions and requirements you may have about AdBlue.

Nigel Williams
Nigel Williams
AdBlue Retail sites and NRMM enquiries

Where can I buy AdBlue for my tractor or non-road mobile machinery in the UK & Ireland?

Air1 for tractors
  • Your usual diesel or lubricant reseller
  • The network of dealers where you bought the vehicle(s)
  • Specialised spare part suppliers for engines of tractors and other non-road machinery
  • Participating service stations across the UK & Ireland, where you can buy AdBlue in Cans, in case of emergency.

Warning: AdBlue is also sold from the pump at service stations, please check beforehand if you can fill your tractor or off-road machinery vehicle at these facilities, as it is usually only trucks and coaches who can.

Yara sells its AdBlue under the brand Air1. See our list of AdBlue Distributors for our dedicated network of Air1 resellers for tractors, farming machinery, excavators and other non-road machinery. For your tractors, excavators and farm equipment, etc. we have a network of official Air1 suppliers.

What AdBlue should I buy?

What AdBlue should I buy?

We can help if you have just bought a new SCR machine and you are uncertain as to your AdBlue requirement. Or you wonder what kind of storage solution for AdBlue will suit you best depending on your tractor, excavator or other SCR machine.

We understand your work conditions and, therefore, we have developed a specific range of equipment for your needs in the field, on the farm or at the construction site, even where you have little storage space or where there is no electricity supply. Yara’s AdBlue is sold in packs that allow for easy transport (on your farm or from site to site). Yara brings a comprehensive range of pack sizes under its Air1 brand. Our Air1 commercial team in the UK & Ireland, and its resellers, can advise you on the AdBlue storage solution that best suits you and all prices for these solutions.

We offer AdBlue in packaged formats with manual or non-electric pumps if needed: 10l Cans of AdBlue, 210l Drums of AdBlue, and 1000l IBCs of AdBlue. We also offer AdBlue in Bulk deliveries directly to your site.

How much AdBlue will I need?

AdBlue consumption for non-road engines varies according to the type of machinery you are operating (tractor, combine harvester, crane, excavator, etc.). It also depends on the model and the engine type. In all cases, your AdBlue consumption will be lower than your diesel consumption.

Once we have helped you to determine how much AdBlue you will need, we will offer you the best AdBlue solution for your site.

Depending on what your consumption level for AdBlue will be, Air1 offers several types of packaging and storage options. From our bulk tailor-made AdBlue tanks, our standard tanks, IBCs, Drums, Cans and pumps, Air1 has a full range of options you can choose from.

What is the cost of AdBlue for a tractor or a non-road engine?

The price of AdBlue depends on how much AdBlue you will order. Different suppliers also offer different strategies and approaches to the market. In general, the price per litre of AdBlue is well below the price of diesel at the pump.

Engines equipped with SCR catalysts consume on average 5% less fuel than other machines. This saving in fuel cost easily compensates for the cost of AdBlue. As a result, the operating costs of tractors or a fleet of off-road machinery will generally be lower than those of comparable vehicles that have chosen EGR technology or that are not equipped with SCR.

What drives AdBlue prices?

Several factors impact AdBlue price. AdBlue is a high purity urea solution that has synthetic urea as a raw material. Because of the quality needed it is produced so that it is much purer than that used as fertiliser by farmers. It is therefore sold at a completely different price. Also, urea production requires a lot of energy, mostly natural gas. The price levels of oil, natural gas and ammonia have a direct impact on urea prices. When the price of these commodities increases, it has an impact on the AdBlue market prices

AdBlue is a 32,5% synthetic urea solution that is very pure. It is produced according to the ISO 22241 (ISO 22241-1, ISO 22241-2, ISO 22241-3) standard. AdBlue must always be used in a dedicated tank on your vehicle.

Warning: do not just use any urea solution, especially urea that is used for fertilisers, as this urea will not be of high enough quality for your engine and you risk substantial costly damage to your machinery.

Quality & AdBlue

Yara’s AdBlue is produced from “primary” or “virgin” urea extracted directly from the production of hot urea melt to avoid impurities. It is very different from urea used for mineral fertilisers that is not as pure. Yara’s AdBlue uses specially treated demineralised water. We transport our AdBlue in dedicated road tankers, trucks and railcars or by pipeline to dedicated terminals. Each batch of AdBlue produced in a Yara plant is always analysed first.

All AdBlue products are not from the same quality. Given that a SCR catalyst is very sensitive to impurities, it is important for you to be able to count on a quality product through a supply chain that is dedicated to AdBlue. Request only the best quality AdBlue for your tractor or non-road machinery.

Yara’s Air1 brand for AdBlue adheres to all quality requirements. We are a pioneer in AdBlue and the leading producer of AdBlue in the world. Since 1993, Yara has contributed to the ISO standard set-up. This ISO standard determines how AdBlue should be produced and distributed so as to protect the consumer against risks of using low quality AdBlue.

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