As the price of natural gas and electricity is currently high, leading European manufacturers, such as the Slovakian Duslo, the Italian Yara and the Spanish Fertiberia, have postponed the production of Adblue, as it is hardly profitable for them to manufacture it. All this could lead to a shortage crisis for all vehicles that need this component to function properly.

What is AdBlue?

AdBlue is an additive which has been used in diesel vehicles since 2014. It does not pollute, as it is composed of deionized water and 32.5% urea. It is therefore neither flammable nor toxic and protects the environment. However, currently the production of AdBlue has been postponed, causing its price to rise exaggeratedly.

This situation could paralyze European road transport, as the most affected ones are supply trucks and buses, which need AdBlue for their operation. In view of this problem, vehicles with low AdBlue levels are advised to refuel their tank as soon as possible before the price of AdBlue continues to rise uncontrollably.

How will this crisis impact research? 

You may be wondering how AdBlue is related to research. Although we do not work directly with this additive, its shortage will generate problems in supply chains and, therefore, in the logistics of companies. This affects the development of our research projects which rely on electronic components such as chips, boards or graphics cards. All this coupled with the shortage of components that we have been enduring for months and the rising costs of semiconductor wafers, especially at the beginning of 2021.

We are currently developing different devices such as the Datalog_all-one, which allows us to boost energy efficiency. Another example is the WiForAgri project, whose basis is a low-power and low-cost IoT module to be used in smart agriculture scenarios. These are just some of the examples of the hundreds of projects that could potentially be affected if this crisis persists.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.