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3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a next-generation halon alternative designed to balance industry concerns for performance, human safety and the environment, which makes Novec 1230 fluid the first option to sustainable technologies.

Zero ozone depletion potential 5-day atmospheric lifetime A global warming potential of 1
Environmental: A new standard for sustainable clean agent fire protection technology

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an advanced halon replacement alternative with an excellent environmental profile including a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1, the lowest GWP for any halocarbon alternative to halon. 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is also non Ozone-depleting with an atmostpheric life of just 5 days compared to years, decades and even centuries for other halocarbon alternatives. Finally, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid offers a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Properties Novec 1230 Fluid Halon 1211 Halon 1301 HFC-125ea HFC-227ea HFC-23
Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)1 0.0 5.1 12.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Global Warming Potential-IPCC2 1 1300 6900 3400 3500 12000
Atmospheric Lifetime (years) 0.014 11 65 29 33 260
SNAP (Yes/No) Yes N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes

1 World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 1998, Model-Derived Method

2 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2001 Method, 100 Year ITH

 

Regulatory: Choosing a long term solution

In recent years, concerns about environmental issues - especially those relating to climate change - have led to increasing regulatory scrutiny of compounds with high global warming potentials. These so-called "greenhouse gases" include several conventional halon replacements, such as HFCs.

Under the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements, more and more industrialized nations have committed to reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to the atmosphere. Although the use of HFCs in fire protection is allowed today, there is growing concern about their future viability, as regulators look for industries and applications (such as fire protection) where alternatives exist to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, without harming economic growth.

For example, abatement of HFCs of materials in fire protection applications is one strategy that companies can employ to reduce their overall emissions of materials in the "basket" of six greenhouse gases identified by the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, many forward-thinking companies are beginning to consider the potential costs of monitoring and reporting their use of greenhouse gases; and the cost and disruption to replace an HFC-based system in the near future, should new restrictions on HFCs, now being debated in the EU and other parts of the world, come into force.

Ultimately, a growing number of end-users are concluding that long-term economics – as well as good stewardship – favor the use of sustainable technologies, such as 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

 

Safety: Today's widest safety of margin

Because its use concentration is much lower than its No Observable Adverse Effects level (NOAEL), 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid offers the widest margin of safety of any viable halon replacement available on the market today. Note: Industry standards require egress from a protected enclosure prior to system discharge.

  Novec 1230 Fluid Halon 1301 HFC-227ea HFC-125 CO2
Use Concentration1 4.2% 5.0% 7.0% 8.0% 5.0%
NOAEL2 10.0% 5.0% 9.0% 7.5% <7%
Safety Margin 71% None 3% None Lethal at design concentration

1 Halocarbon values based on heptane extinguishing concentration – ISO 14520:2006, CO2 value – NFPA 12:2005

2 NOAEL for cardiac sensitization (halocarbons) and effects specific to CO2

 

For more information on 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, please visit 3M.com.

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3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Blue Sky Warranty 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid LEED Credits
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