DuPont Fluorochemicals announces world’s first full-scale production of HFO-1336mzz
DuPont Fluorochemicals has announced plans for full-scale commercial production of HFO-1336mzz, the new foam expansion and refrigerant solution based on hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology, to meet growing demand for solutions that reduce global warming potential (GWP) and improve energy efficiency.
DuPont previously announced that it expects to make small scale commercial volumes of HFO-1336mzz available in late 2014 and now announced that full-scale commercial capacity will be available from its world-class facility in China in the second half of 2016. According to the company, HFO-1336mzz will be marketed as Formacel 1100 foam expansion agent to meet the long-term needs of polyurethane foam customers for high efficiency, low GWP solutions. Formacel 1100 foam expansion agent can help reduce the environmental footprint of rigid polyurethane foam insulation around the world. In addition to its low global warming potential and zero ozone depletion potential, the product also offers good thermal insulation performance allowing for reduced energy consumption, which further reduces greenhouse gas emissions, says DuPont.
HFO-1336mzz is also a preferred technology for many refrigerant applications due to its unique attributes of having low GWP, non-flammability, high efficiency and high thermal stability. DuPont is actively developing several new refrigerant fluids based on HFO-1336mzz technology for a variety of applications, including traditional chiller systems and the emerging arena of waste heat recovery, such as high temperature heat pumps and organic rankine cycles. These fluids are showing very promising results in customer lab and field trials, says the manufacturer.
“DuPont continues to scale-up supply of this breakthrough product and to pursue investments in large-scale and lower-cost production to enable adoption of HFO-1336mzz in response to regulatory and sustainability demands,” said Thierry F.J. Vanlancker, President, DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts. “We will be the first to deliver supply of HFO-1336mzz and we are committed to investing further as demand grows.”
“DuPont Fluorochemicals continues to develop and commercialize new high-value offerings based on our breakthrough HFO technology to meet our customers’ needs for low GWP solutions that provide improved energy efficiency,” said Kathryn K. McCord, Global Business Director, DuPont Fluorochemicals.
Formacel 1100 – safety and environmental performance
- Low global warming potential (GWP = 2)
- Zero ozone depletion potential (chlorine free)
- Low potential for local ozone formation
- Non-flammable (E 681 at 60 °C and 100 °C)
- Favorable Toxicity Test Results
Formacel 1100 – functional performance
- Low thermal conductivity
- Liquid at room temperature with a boiling point of 33 °C (near HCFC-141b)
- Low diffusion rate
- Chemically and thermally stable
- Compatible with common materials
- Economically feasible
- Soluble and stable in formulations