NOx abatement part II- Why use NOXGUARD?

Continuing from our last blog post, which you can read here , we talked about what NOx is, why we need to control it NOx Abatementand how each of us can help control it. As we all now know, industrial plants, and more specifically electrical power plants, generate a great deal of NOx , which contaminates our environment. There are several ways for these industrial plants to control their emissions, two of the ways are through the use of Selective Catalytic and Non Catalytic Reduction systems with a Urea Liquor mix (Diesel Exhaust Fluid at different concentrations). Different fuels need different NOx abatement techniques, for those that use Urea, we are here to shed some light.

 

What we know about SCR

 

  1. It is one of the most effective NOx abatement systems
  2. Has a higher initial cost
  3. Can achieve up to 94% DRE

 

What we know about SNCR

  1. Based on ionizing the Ammonia or Urea instead of using a catalyst
  2. Either urea or ammonia must be injected within a boiler or ducts where temperature is between 900 and 1100 degrees Celsius.
  3. Temperature has to be right, or ammonia will “slip through” or more NOx will be created than is reduced
  4. Can achieve up to 70% DRE

 

What is the difference between agricultural grade urea and NOXGUARD Industrial grade urea ( urea used for NOx control)?

Urea used for fertilizer is handled and stored differently than urea made into NOx control solution. High Quality dry or solution urea used in NOx control is kept in dedicated clean storage to ensure purity for both SCR and SNCR systems.

 

Why would a straight injection SNCR system need highly pure water or urea?

We know that the SCR system needs high purity water and urea, given the sensitivity of the catalyst bed. For the SNCR system if there happens to be any impurities in the solution they could be caked onto the nozzles and equipment in the exhaust zone. This can lead to clogging and could ultimately lead to costly damages in SNCR systems.

 

Why choose NOXGUARD for NOx Abatement?

NOXGUARD has spent many years on the technical process of making urea solution for NOx control in the automotive industry. Impure water and Ag-grade urea will not suffice in making urea NOx control solution. The water source must be removed of all impurities and de-ionized; if this is not done pollutants can damage the NOx control system. Fertilizer/feed grade urea can have contaminants, which will damage SNCR or SCR systems.

References:

1.Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) Why and How they are Controlled

http://www.epa.gov/ttncatc1/dir1/fnoxdoc.pdf

NOx Abatement part I- Did you know?

What are Nitrogen Oxides?

Nitrogen Oxides , the pesky family of NOx compounds, can come from natural sources or from human activity. They come mostly from automobiles and other mobile origins, but cars are not the only ones to blame,  electric plant boilers are also big players in the production of NOx compounds, as well as other stationary industrial sources. (1)

  • Mobile sources produce 50% of all NOx
  • Electric power plants produce 20% of all NOx
  • 30% comes from all other natural and human produced sources    

 

NOX-Abatement

Why should we control Nitrogen Oxides?

The NOx family of air pollutants, includes NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) which is the most abundant in the atmosphere that is generated by human activities, as mentioned above. NO2 creates air pollution, ozone and acid rain; all which negatively affect us and certain ecosystems. There is scientific evidence that indicates that just 6-7 hours of exposure to ground-level ozone, even at low concentrations, can reduce lung function and cause respiratory inflammation. When exposed to high levels of ozone for several months, it can cause permanent structural damage in the lungs. Ozone doesn’t just harm humans, but it is the culprit for billion dollar losses of agricultural crop yield loss and damage to the forest ecosystem.(2)

How can we control Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)?

Be mindful of the car you buy, do some research to how clean and environmentally friendly your new care really is. When the words environmentally friendly and cars come together, most people think of slow boring cars which might not be too appealing. But there are other options, such as the Volkswagen Passat, and the Porsche Cayenne; they are both diesel models that use Diesel Exhaust Fluid to greatly reduce emissions. Industrial plants are now being regulated in the U.S and must have NOX control systems, in order to be in compliance. In fact, today August 3rd 2015, President Obama is announcing the Clean Power Plan, to cut carbon emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.  There are still many countries that have not adopted  NOX control standards for electric power plants or the mobile industry. It is important for these strict standards to be in place all over the world and not just in some countries, quoting President Obama ,” If we don’t do it nobody will. America leads the way forward…that’s what this plan is about. This is our moment to get something right and get something right for our kids.”

 

final-draft-noxguard Has spent many years on the technical process of making urea solution for NOx control in the automotive industry, and has the quality needed to provide industrial plants with the NOx control solution they need. Stay tuned for part II of this blog ,  Where Product Quality Matters.

 

 

 

 

References:

1.Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) Why and How they are Controlled

http://www.epa.gov/ttncatc1/dir1/fnoxdoc.pdf

 

2. “Health Effects of Air Pollution”. United States Environmental Protection Agency. June 30th, 2015.

 

 

 

 

DI-Water, An inside look

We are very proud to share with you guys our new DI-water system here at Transliquid Technologies. In the process to grow and better serve our growing list of clients, we have been modifying the manufacturing process to become more efficient. As a short recap for those who are new to the DEF world, Diesel Exhaust Fluid is 32.5 percent automotive grade urea and 67.5 percent DI water. Water purity is key to blending the perfect batch of DEF, with out it contamination will occur; causing the SCR system to shut down and the diesel-powered engine will not run.

In order to have pure Deionized water, different filters are used throughout the manufacturing process.

 

    • Salt filter
    • Charcoal filter
    • Softener filter
    • Reverse osmosis
    • DI system
    • Scrubers

 

DI-water

DI-Water

Although we have not changed this basic process, the new system is more advanced. Our new filtration system can handle a much larger water capacity, and can continuously regenerate itself, providing consistent water without exhaustion. The new system combines reverse osmosis and continuous electro-deionization (EDI).

Now more than ever we are prepared to provide our customers with top quality De-ionized water. DI-Water is used in many different industries, where completely almost 100% pure water is needed. Pharmaceutical companies, electronics systems and medical research companies all use Deionized water in their applications. It can also be beneficial to use Deionized water at home in any clothes steamers and irons, to prevent buildup in the machines.

If you are interested in buying bulk loads of DI-Water, please contact us or call at 281 377 5845

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Transloading Checklist

It has been a long time since we wrote a blog about transloading, repackaging , de-toting et.  Here at Transliquid Technologies we love working with companies that need to re-package their non hazardous liquids, it is exciting to learn about different products and work with new people. Since each products has specific handling and packaging needs, the following checklist will help keep things moving quickly. When sending your product to a facility you will most likely need the following basic information, depending on the product more or less information might be needed.

 

If you are interested in our Transloading services for non hazardous products in Houston TX, please Contact us or call at 281-377-5845.

Do not pee in your DEF tank, read why here!

We have been hearing over and over a comment about Diesel Exhaust Fluid that is particularly frightening ,

“Diesel Exhaust fluid is the same as ____ urine”           brown_cow_197654

Fill in the blank with any animal you can think of, we have heard it all but most recently , bat and cow urine. We have also heard of people thinking that urinating in their DEF tank will make the engine run. So the common misconception people have about Diesel Exhaust Fluid is that it is made from urine. This is NOT true, and acting upon this idea could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs to your SCR engine. On this blog, some light will be shed on the subject, and we will finally debunk this myth for good.

Those who believe in this myth used deductive reasoning to get to that conclusion , so according to them:

Urine = Urea

Urea+water= Diesel Exhaust Fluid

therefore Urine+ water= Diesel Exhaust Fluid

WRONG

Urea Urea is an organic chemical compound, or the waste produced by the body after metabolizing protein. But since 1828, German scientist Friedrich Wöhler invented the process to create the synthetic version of urea. In 1870 the process of producing  urea through dehydrating ammonium carbamate under conditions of high heat and pressure was invented. So yes, urea can be obtained from urine, but lets find out why Diesel Exhaust Fluid is not just urine and water.

I will be comparing the material data sheets of  both automotive grade urea vs human urine.

  • According to wikipedia, “Human urine is an aqueous solution of greater than 95% water, with the remaining constituents, in order of decreasing concentration urea 9.3 grams/L, chloride 1.87 grams/L, sodium 1.17 grams/L, potassium 0.750 grams/L, creatinine 0.670 grams/L and other dissolved ions, inorganic and organic compounds.” Read the full description here.
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid uses automotive grade urea, at 32.5% concentration. This urea contains , 0.3% Biuret maximum, 0.5 % magnesium max , 0.5 % calcium max, 0.5% phosphate max, 0.5% iron max,0.5% potassium maximum.

When comparing the two there are various differences:

  1. Human urine only contains 9.3 grams per liter of urea concentration
  2. Human urine also contains chloride, sodium , potassium , creatinine and other dissolved ions
  3. Human urine is 95% water, which is also full of ions and minerals

The water needed to create Diesel Exhaust Fluid has to be de-ionized and de-mineralized , a process that only a highly specialized filtration machine can achieve.

 

From all this information we can conclude that even though urine has urea, it is not the correct concentration nor does it have the purity needed. The water that comes from urine is also full of ions and minerals which make it very low quality water.

 

Diesel Exhaust Fluid is highly concentrated and very pure urea plus de-ionized water .The standards for Diesel Exhaust Fluid are very specific and can be found here

I hope that this blog has been informative, highlighting the differences between urine and Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Please do not urinate in your DEF tank, the SCR system will be damaged and it will cost thousands of dollars to repair.

Here at Transliquid Technologies we specialize in providing the best quality of Diesel Exhaust Fluid.

Earth Day 2015: Diesel Exhaust Fluid making a difference

Earth Day 2015
Earth Day 2015

Happy Earth day 2015! It has been 5 years since all diesel vehicles are required to come with systems to reduce particulate matter emissions and NOx emissions. Nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines, making them a special target in the efforts to potentially reduce emissions and establish new fuel efficiency standards for commercial vehicles, the program has been put in place by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Administration. Because we are part of the overall effort to create a cleaner environment for all, today is an extra special day for us Diesel Exhaust Fluid producers. We have come a long way in this new industry, which keeps growing every year. According to the DEF summit held last October by Integer, it is estimated that DEF consumption will reach 1 billion gallons in North America alone, by 2019. This means that every year, more and more vehicles will have the technologies to reduce emissions, leaving us with cleaner air to breath. So go out an celebrate mother earth, plant a tree, reduce, reuse and recycle all day long or simply learn more about the environment and how you can help to protect it!

 

Diesel at Work, Delivering for America (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.dieselforum.org/diesel-at-work/delivering-for-america : 2015

4-step guide for keeping your DEF Dolly running great

I recalled a couple months ago, one of our customers came in with a Diesel Exhaust Fluid transfer Dolly that was not working. The Dolly was not broken, it just had not been maintained andDEF Dolly cared for properly.  It seems the customer was not using the machine correctly and or giving it the necessary maintenance; therefore it had started to malfunction.  It is important to take good care of any equipment that has various parts to it; a problem with one piece could make the whole system useless. If you follow this simple 4-part guide, keeping your Diesel Exhaust Fluid Dolly running smoothly will be stress free.Keep in mind the Dolly comes with a 1-year manufacturer warrantee.

Step 1: Maintenance of the pump parts.

Every three months rinse the pump with Deionized water. Deionized water is water that has had almost its entire mineral ions removed, producing high purity water; which is perfect for rinsing.Dolly pump

Step 2: Maintenance of the closed loop system.

The closed loop systems controls and manages purity throughout the supply chain to ensure the product does not get compromised. Because of this it is important to also rinse the closed loop system parts with Deionized water. 

Step 3: Maintenance of Exterior moving parts.

It is important to inspect all exterior moving parts every month or so, for any part that might be loose or damaged. If you are giving the Dolly a lot of use, some of its parts might have seen better days, checking for any broken or loose parts could save a headache in the future. Take a good look at your wheels; inflatable Dolly tires can get punctured. It might be better to go with solid tires as an upgrade if you will be using the Dolly in extreme terrain.  

Step 4: Hoses

Never attempt to disconnect hoses, doing so might cause damage to the sealants. It is recommended to roll hoses properly to prevent any accidental damage.

 If you only take away one piece of advice out of this blog, remember this; keep your Dolly clean and try not to hit it. Taking good care of it will make a difference it the life of Dolly parts. 

New Dallas – Ft. Worth NOXGUARD DEF Blending site

NOXGUARD DEF

NOXGUARDS’ new blending facility is now open and blending. We are very happy to welcome Double C Oil to our group of NOXGUARD blenders. For those who do not already know, Transliquid Technologies has partnered up with different companies in North and South America, to form the group of NOXGUARD blenders. NOXGUARD currently has three blenders, with locations in Houston, Bogota and now Dallas – Ft. Worth area.   

Double C Oil is a third generation family owned business, operating since 1976. They have always been located in Carrollton, TX a suburb in the Dallas- Ft. Worth metro. They have been steadily growing over the past 38 years, and are looking toward the future in DEF production and sales.

The new blending facility will be housed in their 50,000 square foot facility, where they have the capability to supply Diesel Exhaust Fluid for bulk, tote, drum and jug orders. 

As always, NOXGUARDS’ new blending facility will be producing API Certified Diesel Exhaust Fluid, providing each and every one of our customers with the highest quality DEF and customer service.

 

If you are a distributor in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and would like to get a quote for Diesel Exhaust Fluid, please call Double C at (972) 247- 1855

Ultimate guide to Fluid Management Systems

Due to numerous inventory management questions and concerns with improper tracking and loss of products, we decided to provide our beloved readers with some valuable information about the subject matter.

Fluid management systems can help prevent inventory losses, while simultaneously facilitating every transaction. I have chosen two different brands and four different products to compare and highlight the specifics of each one in our blog.

MC BoxFirst we have Piusi’s MC Box, at the lowest price point it is avery complete system. The unit can store up to 120 users with a code set up for each user. The MC Box is meant to manage one fluid; therefore it is designed for one hose attachment. It is compatible with any fluid type, and the corresponding pulse meter and pump must be added according to the specific type of fluid. The MC Box comes in two formats, either 120 V or 12 DC, so it is very versatile for the different needs of each user.

Aside from the MC Box itself, there are different upgrade kits that can be added to enhance it performance, depending on what is needed.  The PC interface Kit comes with 1 USB converter and 1 CD with the PC Software.  The USB converter is used transfer the data from the MC Box to the computer, and the software it’s Piusi’s software, which is needed to keep track of the information stored by the MC Box. If buying the MC Box, this kit will be needed if you would like to download the User History to your computer. Next we have the Key Kit, it comes with 1 USB, 1 manager key, 10 user keys, 1 key reader and the PC Software.  It is called the Key Kit for a reason right? The keys are an alternative to using Pin Numbers, which some might prefer.  The 10 keys can be given to the most frequent users or used at the owners’ discretion.  Last, we have the Wi-Fi Kit, with 1 Wi-Fi Box, Wi-Fi transmitter and PC Software. This kit would be important for anyone who prefers a wireless system.  

It is important to note that the Piusi software can manage up to 16 MC Boxes. This is significant because even though each MC Box can only track one type of liquid, the software can manage more. This might be useful if you are a growing company and might be adding different types of fluids, for each type of fluid a separate MC Box would be needed, along with a separate pump and pulse meter.

Overall it is a very complete system, it can be adapted to fit your specific requirements and those of your customers. It is affordable and a great unit to start out with.  Depending on your use, the MC Box might be all you ever need.

If you demand a system that will allow increased user and transaction capabilities, the Wonderbox system will provide many benefits. The Wonderbox can track up to 2000 users, and store up to 10,000 transactions for later transfer. Just like the MC Box, its featured for a single hose fueling point that can handle any fluid with its proper pulse meter and pump. The Wonderbox is user friendly, with USB, LAN and WIFI capabilities. 

Wonderbox WifiThe Wonderbox has a very simple operation, their computer software is easy to follow and it comes included with the system. Drivers can be given a standard PIN code or a key fob, and can be identified by user ID, vehicle ID, and odometer and time frame intervals.

Wrapping up, it is easy to say the Wonderbox is customizable and extensive when it comes to features and flexibility. The Wonderbox is great for medium sized operations, needing to manage 1 fluid but with many users and vehicles.

An upgrade to the Wonderbox is its big brother the Superbox.  The Superbox can handle up to 5 fueling points, which is a great improvement to the already versatile and compact Wonderbox. The computer software is the same as well as all the available features.

The key to the Superbox is, a one-box setup for up to 5 fluids; so instead of having to buy multiple boxes, the Superbox can handle several fluids and have all the information go into one place.  Not only does this mean less work, but also an improved organized structure.  Just like the Wonderbox, it can handle any fluid with its proper pulse meter and it is printer receipt capable and can track current tank levels as an additional feature.

Next in line we have the HDM Eco, available for either Diesel or Diesel Exhaust Fluid. The HDM Eco is kind of a big deal, for those looking for a complete system, it includes everything you will need to set up and start your station. Not only does it save time, headaches and installation costs, this piece of equipment is easy to use, effective, and very nice to look at!HDM Eco DEF

The HDM Eco comes with a Wonderbox management system, a German Hornet pump, nozzle, pulse meter and a cast aluminum housing structure. It operates at 22 GPM in the Diesel model and up to 15 GPM in the DEF model.  It is extremely easy to set up; you will need a standard 120V line to power it up, and a suction line to the product. Once the unit is live, then it needs to be programmed with the uploading drivers, vehicles, etc. just like the Wonderbox and Superbox systems. It does not work with WIFI yet, but we are hoping that feature will be available soon.  Overall this unit would be great for a retail station, or for someone looking to get an all in one package.

As always Transliquid Technologies is here to keep you informed in order to make the best buying decisions. If you have any questions in regards to the equipment mentioned please post a comment, or give us a call.

 


Quick Solution to DEF & Diesel Contamination

Fuel Defend DEF locking cap resized 600

I have recently come across a product that can fix the problem of accidental or intentional contamination between DEF and Diesel. This has become a very costly problem for fleets, and a solution is greatly needed. Mixing even a small amount of DEF and Diesel can cause a great deal of problems; we have heard countless horror stories from people who have made this mistake. Click here to read more about What happens if you put Diesel Exhaust Fluid in your Diesel tank. FuelDefend created a special locking blue DEF tank cap, which seems to be a quick solution.

While the problem goes both ways for each of the DEF and the Diesel tanks, this blue locking DEF cap will help remind users which liquid to fill, helping many from accidentally filling it with diesel, especially those who are not familiar with DEF. The lock serves to protect it from any intentional contamination and as an extra step before fueling, therefore forcing the user to read more carefully.FuelDefends locking DEF tank cap is non-corrodible, features Zamac coated locks and are available in two styles that fit Peterbuilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, Western Star and Navistar. According to their website they also have two other models coming soon that will fit Volvo, Mack, Hino and Isuzu.

I have not come across any company that is using these as a preventative measure. I would like to hear from anyone that has bought these, as well as your opinions and comments.