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New HFO blend for chillers from Chemours gets US SNAP approval

Opteon XP30, a blend based on HFO1336mzz, has GWP below 2.0

Chemours has announced that its Opteon XP30 refrigerant has received SNAP listing from the US EPA for new and retrofit chiller applications.

The SNAP approval paves the way for chiller OEMs to introduce new products using the HFO-1336mzz-based blend to replace R123, which  is subject to phase-out under the Montreal Protocol and will be not be used in new equipment in the US and other countries starting in 2020.

Opteon XP30, which has a pending ASHRAE number of R514A has a low GWP of below 2, and is safe, non-flammable, efficient and thermally stable, Chemours said. 

Chiller manufacturer Trane has announced that in 2017, it will offer its small tonnage CenTraVac chillers for markets like office and municipal buildings with a choice of R123 or with R514A and will also offer a service option that requires minimal rework to convert existing CenTraVac to R514A.

The SNAP listing followed Chemours’ announcement in November of 2015 that the company had officially broken ground on the world’s first full-scale production facility for HFO-1336mzz. The new site, with expected production beginning mid-year 2017, will provide increased capacity for low GWP refrigerants and foam blowing agents.

Chemours said it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to offer customers new products with no ozone depletion and low global warming potential. The company has announced plans to invest hundreds of millions more in the next five years to bring online additional capacity of these more sustainable, high-performance products that serve a wide range of applications.

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