Correggio, Italy -- The use of cyclopentane as a blowing agent for making the insulation foam for refrigeration appliances has won an award within the Life Environmental Program of the European Commission.
Dubbed the ENERG-ICE project, it was developed in a collaboration led by Dow Polyurethanes Italy-based R&D team with Cannon Group companies the Italian Federation of the chemical industry – Federchimica.
Co-funded by the commission, the project focused on reducing the environmental impact of energy-using products.
Dow project leader Vanni Parenti said: "The overall energy-saving objectives of the project were clearly demonstrated.
"This technology offers up to 10% in energy savings compared to the best-in-class appliances available today, which are A+ and A++ labelled, with a more sustainable process, offering a 10% carbon footprint reduction as certified by the life cycle assessment methodology."