What are the main differences between diesel fuel tanks and AdBlue tanks?

Fuel tanks provide storage for a variety of fuel types. Two popular options for bulk storage tanks are diesel and AdBlue. This article considers the differences between diesel fuel tanks and AdBlue tanks alongside their main purposes and uses.

What are diesel fuel tanks?

Diesel fuel tanks are designed to store diesel fuel which is used to power diesel engines found in abundance in vehicles, trucks, generators, earthmoving equipment, farm machinery, and many other products. Diesel tanks are available in a range of sizes. Some diesel tanks are small residing within the machinery or vehicle and need to be frequently refilled, whilst other tanks are much larger, self-bunded and are used for bulk diesel storage and to assist with the refuelling of such equipment. Diesel tanks are usually made of metal so they can withstand corrosion and harsh environmental conditions and prevent fuel contamination.

What are AdBlue tanks?

AdBlue tanks have similar characteristics to diesel fuel tanks except that they store AdBlue instead of diesel. AdBlue’s major purpose is to assist the transportation industry in reducing pollution. AdBlue is added to diesel engines of trucks and vehicles to help reduce emissions. AdBlue consists of 32.5 per cent urea and 67.5 per cent deionized water and is added directly to the exhaust of a diesel engine to create a catalytic reaction. This Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) combines AdBlue with a vehicle’s typical exhaust gases, causing it to react with nitrogen oxide to produce water vapour, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Australia and other countries have made AdBlue a mandatory requirement for Heavy Goods Vehicles above 7.5 tonnes and for cars fitted with SCR to help prevent pollution from toxic nitrogen oxides.

AdBlue tanks like diesel tanks are made of metal but are smaller in size than diesel tanks due to the much smaller volumes of AdBlue required in comparison to diesel.

Combined Diesel and AdBlue tanks

When it comes to storage and refuelling, having a dual-purpose tank that can safely hold diesel and AdBlue in one unit is highly beneficial. Not only does it reduce space and increase efficiencies for refuelling, but it can also create cost savings through having only one tank to purchase and maintain.

How Durotank can help

Durotank range of premium quality combined diesel and AdBlue (DAB) tanks and trailers have been used by the transportation industry for a number of years. Their DAB Smart Tanks offer superior storage with two tanks in one unit, allowing streamlined and more efficient refuelling.  DAB tanks are available from 33,000L to 100,000L sizes, whilst DAB trailers come in 1,200L to 3,500L sizes. All are fully self-bunded to maximise safety, alleviate spillage and prevent contamination. To order your DAB Smart tank or DAB Durotanker trailer contact the team at Durotank on 1300 251 521.

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