Honeywell has started full-scale commercial production of a low-global-warming-potential (GWP) material used as an aerosol propellant, insulating agent and refrigerant. The material, known as HFO-1234ze and marketed by Honeywell under its Solstice® line of low-global-warming materials, is being produced at the Honeywell Fluorine Products facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. The company projects that the use of its low GWP Solstice materials to replace HFCs will eliminate more than 350 million metric tons in CO2 equivalents by 2025, equivalent to removing 70 million cars from the road for one year. HFO-1234ze is non-ozone-depleting, non-flammable per ASTM E681 and ISO 10156:2010 testing, and has a GWP of less than 1. It is also not a volatile organic compound (VOC), as determined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resource Board (CARB). The Solstice line includes Solstice yf for automobile air conditioning, Solstice Propellant for aerosol applications, Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent and Gas Blowing Agent for foam applications, and Solstice Performance Fluid for use as an industrial solvent. These products have been approved under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com
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