Morristown, New Jersey -- Honeywell's Enovate blowing agent will be used by one of China's largest manufacturers of solar energy water heaters to improve the performance of foam insulation, the New Jersey-based company announced.
Researchers from Honeywell and Shandong Linuo Paradigma Co. Ltd jointly developed this particular application of Enovate in response to a planned phase-out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) in 1 July, 2007.
China is the world's largest manufacturing and consumption market for solar energy water heaters but most Chinese manufacturers of solar energy equipment use CFC as a blowing agent.
Honeywell's Enovate is a non ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbon that allows rigid, closed-cell insulation to expand.
"We are committed to providing equipment manufacturers viable alternatives," said Richard Preziotti, vice president and general manager of Honeywell's Fluorine Products business.
"Our patented blowing agent meets this challenge and already is used for a number of insulation applications, including walls and roofing, transport containers and refrigerators."
Shen Wenming, Shandong Linuo Paradigma general manager, said the use of Enovate would encourage demand for new technology and materials from China's solar energy industry and improve China's environmental image.
"Using Enovate allows us to be more environmentally preferable while improving the insulation performance of our green energy product," he said.