Introducing BlueStream ™

BlueStreamAnybody dealing with the dispensing of fuel will need to supply an ERS product such as Adblue™. This includes fuel retailers and vehicle operators with their own fuel storage capabilities.

Current practice gives the option of 5L and 10L plastic containers stacked on the forecourt adjacent to the kiosk, or IBC’s with fuel pump dispensers. This gives no consideration to the potential impact of spills finding their way into the environment.

From a customer’s perspective, the use of small containers is expensive and means that they can not purchase the actual quantity that they need. If for instance, they are filling up with 500 litres of fuel they will need approx 25 litres of Adblue™. This inevitably leads to waste and the temptation to tip away the remaining part of a nearly empty container. It also means a lot of plastic containers to dispose of after use.

Containment is the solution to minimise the risk of pollution and The BlueStream range of solutions gives you this with our range of options:

MultiServ

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Service Bar

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Dispensing Station

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Island

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What is AdBlue?

Heavy air pollution in the UK means it has failed to meet targets, largely from diesel fumes. Using AdBlue can help reduce exhaust pollution.

AdBlue is an ultra pure solution of urea in demineralised water, used in the latest generation of commercial diesel vehicles for the removal of Nitrous Oxide, an environmental pollutant.

  • It consists of high purity urea dissolved and suspended within deionised water.
  • The ratio of the mix is approximately 32.5% urea and 67.5% deionised water.
  • It is used my modern diesel engines which are equipped with an SCR.
  • AdBlue never comes into contact with fuel.
  • A common misconception that it is an additive.

AdBlue is carried onboard the vehicle in a separate vessel to the fuel storage tank. It is injected into the exhaust gases as a post combustion process through an SCR where it breaks harmful Nitrous Oxide emissions down into mostly Nitrogen and Oxygen.

MultiServ Stations – Our preferred option incorporating fuel options, AdBlue, Water and Air. This has been adapted with a containment sump situated below the service room. Linked to this and key to containing forecourt spills will be a “mountable/drive-on” sump pan connected to the MultiServ Station and containment sump via stainless steel flexible pipe work. This will provide total containment of spills when dispensing and eliminates surface water run-off from the forecourt entering the sump pan.

Service Bars – A one stop solution including air, water and vacuum

Dispensing Station – A dedicated single or dual sided dispensing unit with the option of multiple dispensers

BlueStream Island– Content to follow

All of these solutions come with the option of remote kiosk control to check the level of AdBlue in the tank to see when refilling is needed.

Benefits of BlueStream

  • Reduce the purchase cost of Adblue by buying in bulk
  • Free up value retal space taken up by Adblue containers
  • Multi-product dispensing options
  • Built-under containment sump, electronically managed with remote connectivity
  • Drive-on sump pan – removes risk to existing oil water separator and drainage systems
  • Flexible bunded storage capacity of AdBlue
  • Minimum footprint
  • Optional design – single sided for verge location or double sided for servicing two vehicles
  • Minimal civil works, little impact on forecourt during installation
  • Avoid multiple service support contracts for water, air and vacuum
  • Remote management of services
  • Avoidance of pollution fines and compliance with insurance policies

Regulations

The EU has issued stricter exhaust emissions for commercial vehicles with diesel engines including buses, trucks, HGVs and coaches. These are Euro 4 in October 2005, Euro 5 in 2008 and Euro 6 in January 2014.

To meet these standards the automotive industry has adopted several technologies. One is Selective Catalytic Reduction, where harmful exhaust gases are converted to nitrogen and water by catalytic conversion. AdBlue is a trade name for an Emission Reduction Solution (ERS) used for this process. ERS are stored at refuelling sites and are becoming a common feature at filling stations from commercial diesel vehicles and private depots. Vehicles will have an ERS tank, from which the solution is injected into the engine exhaust stream immediately after the combustion chamber. ERS consumption is between 4% and 6% of the diesel consumption.

EU Regulation Information

Call us on 01386 853409 to discuss how BlueStream can minimise the risk of pollution and fines.

Pollution

AdBlue StationERS are usually an aqueous solution urea. If you Store handle and use ERS according to manufacturers’ instructions and our guidelines, they pose minimal risk to operators and a limited risk to the environment. However:

  1. Urea solution is very polluting to surface water and groundwater.
  2. It has caused several serious pollution incidents from spills at farms where it was stored and used as a fluid fertiliser.
  3. Urea solution contains ammonia and is corrosive to some metals, such as copper and its alloys.
  4. If tanks and pipework become corroded there is a higher risk of a spill that could cause pollution – which is against the law and could lead to a fine.

It’s important that ERS are stored in containers that are specifically designed and manufactured from materials that are suitable for the use with urea. This also applies to all storage ancillary equipment, such as valves, dispensing nozzles and pipework. Urea based ERS are soluble in water and should be kept out of surface water drainage systems discharging to the environment.

They will not be removed in an oil separator so it’s important to isolate drainage from your dispensing area from the surface water system to reduce the possibility of spills and drips causing pollution.

In the UK, the storage of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF known as Adblue in Europe) is now under scrutiny of the Environment Agency who are proposing new controls following a number of spills of DEF into the environment. Although not toxic, DEF can cause the catastrophic de-oxidation of water bodies leading to damage of the aquatic environment.

The Environment Agency has published pollution prevention guidelines (PPG) for the safe operation of refuelling facilities: PPG7. The abstract Clause 9.1 explains Emission reduction solutions (ERS), for example AdBlue.

Contact the team today to discuss the future of your re-fuelling.

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