Chemours Introduces Two New Low-GWP Refrigerants in the US
Will replace refrigerants deemed by EPA as no longer acceptable in commercial refrigeration and air conditioning
WILMINGTON, Del. — Chemours announced that two new Opteon™ refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP) are now commercially available in the United States. The company said these are the first in a portfolio of low-GWP stationary refrigerants that it will introduce to the U.S. in the next few years.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved these new products, Opteon XP40 (R-449A) and Opteon XP10 (R-513A), under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program for use in commercial refrigeration and air conditioning applications.
The SNAP program supports the transition away from ozone-depleting compounds by identifying permitted substitutes that offer lower overall risks to human health and the environment.
As recently announced, Chemours has significantly increased capacity for Opteon YF (HFO-1234yf). As a leading producer of HFO-1234yf, Chemours said it is uniquely positioned to support its customers’ growing need for low-GWP products in commercial refrigeration, mobile air conditioning, and other applications.
“There is a significant shift within the HVACR industry toward offerings with low global warming potential,” said Thierry F.J. Vanlancker, president, Chemours Fluoroproducts. “Opteon low-GWP products from Chemours provide critical solutions in response to the regulatory and sustainability demands throughout the world. These solutions not only enable our customers to meet these stringent demands, but they also improve energy efficiency and thereby further reduce the overall climate impact.”
Chemours said contractors as well as supermarkets and other equipment owners can rely on the Opteon family of refrigerants to ease the transition away from high-GWP refrigerants such as R-404A, R-507, and R-134a. Opteon XP40 delivers a 67 percent lower GWP and an 8-12 percent gain in energy efficiency compared to R-404A. Opteon XP10 offers a 56 percent lower GWP than R-134a. Both products have been approved by major original equipment manufacturers.
For more information, visit www.opteon.com.
Publication date: 8/26/2015