Colonial Chemical Co. announced that it has been awarded the first license by the American Petroleum Institute under its Diesel Exhaust Fluid Certification Program. Colonial Chemical says the API license certifies that materials it uses and fluid it produces and markets meets international standards for automotive-grade urea. Many diesel engine manufacturers plan to recommend API-certified DEF for their 2009 light-duty diesel cars and trucks and 2010 medium- and heavy duty trucks.
DEF is a ultra-high-purity urea solution that is used in a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems to remove pollutants from the exhaust of diesel vehicles. The high purity of the DEF is critical to the performance of the SCR system. API recently launched a certification program to verify that their licensees are supplying DEF that meets internationally accepted standards. The use of API-certified DEF will assure that one is using and producing the correct quality of product.
Colonial Chemical, based in Tabernacle, N.J., has been producing urea solutions for stationary SCR systems for more than 10 years. The company has been producing DEF since 2006, and today supply it nationwide in bulk and packaged forms.