AGRAVIS accelerates AdBlue activities
The new petrol station belonging to AGRAVIS Kornhaus Westfalen-Süd GmbH in Netphen is the first in the AGRAVIS Group to be fitted with a AdBlue pump for cars. This investment is aimed at the future, emphasises the company. The demand for AdBlue for diesel vehicles, according to forecasts, will grow considerably in the coming years.
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- Nicole Schierhorn (AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG) and Ulrich Floren (AGRAVIS Kornhaus Westfalen-Süd GmbH) found the pioneer role of the new station in Netphen, which it is taking with the AdBlue pump for cars.
The bright blue fuel pumps already catch the eye. None of the usual fuels flow through it into vehicles' tanks, but AdBlue. This urea solution aids the exhaust gas cleaning of diesel engines. So-called SCR catalytic converters convert the polluting nitrogen oxide into nitrogen an water. And these catalytic converters do not work without AdBlue.
Previously, this additive was mainly used in trucks and buses, and has proven itself there. Fuel consumption fell, particle emissions were decreased considerably. Use in cars is still in its infancy, however. Despite this, AGRAVIS Kornhaus Westfalen-Süd GmbH has already fitted its new fuel station in Netphen, Sauerland, with an AdBlue pump for car, continuning to play its pioneer role. "As we were investing in a new fuel station anyway, we wanted to offer the full range of products from the very start," says Ulrich Floren, director of AGRAVIS Kornhaus Westfalen-Süd GmbH, a subsidiary of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG based in Münster and Hannover.
"The AdBlue pump for cars is forward-looking," stresses Floren. For so far the range of AdBlue-capable cars has been very small. If there are no pumps nearby, you have to add AdBlue to the additional tank from containers that come in different sizes. "A pump is significantly more customer-friendly, of course," says the director. Forecasts indicate that the number of cars with SCR technology will grow considerably – in 2020 around 20 million diesel cars with these catalytic converters should be on European road.
This development is accelerated by the Euro 6 exhaust standard. From September 2015, only new vehicles that meet this standard will be licensed in Germany and Europe. Large and heavy diesel vehicles without SCR catalytic converter will barely manage this. "Wth AdBlue we are therefore at the head of a growth market," says Oliver Korting from AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG. The agricultural trading group is active, among other things, in the energy area and as such as part of a network called "Blue-Service", which ensures the nationwide supply of AdBlue. The fuel station in Netphen is the first of around 80 Group-owned stations to be fitted with an AdBlue pump for cars.