Washington, DC - Advances in energy efficiency in the appliance industry are to be showcased at this year's Polyurethanes Technical Conference, hosted by the US Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council.
The conference will take place 24-26 Sept at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
"The polyurethanes industry is constantly innovating, creating new products and technologies that improve energy efficiency, particularly in the appliance sector," said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI.
She added that conference attendees will hear about the latest research and technologies that will have "a positive impact on both end-use consumers and the environment."
Featuring more than 55 technical presentations, the 2012 PU technical conference will provide both appliance and polyurethane industry leaders and professionals with an opportunity to learn about the latest technical innovations and issues affecting the global polyurethanes industry.
This year's appliances/energy critical session features five papers that highlight recent advances in low global warming-potential (GWP) blowing agents.
•Researchers from Honeywell will discuss Solstice LBA, their liquid, low GWP blowing agent, and its applications, as well as the resulting performance improvements in insulation.
•Researchers from Arkema, Inc., BASF Corporation and Whirlpool Corporation will explore AFA-L1, a low GWP blowing agent for the appliance industry, and its performance in residential refrigerators.
•A scientist from Foam Supplies Inc. will lead a discussion on the latest blowing agent blends used in refrigeration, including recent research into the use of hydrofluoroolefins.
•Scientists from The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Italia S.r.l. will examine Formacel 1100, a liquid hydrofluoroolefin with ultra-low GWP, as a drop-in solution replacing both hydrofluorocarbons and hydrocarbons in rigid polyurethane insulating foams in domestic appliances.
•A researcher from Bayer MaterialScience LLC will discuss the effects of processing variables on a polyurethane foam system blown with cyclopentane, which has a low GWP.
In addition to the technical sessions, the conference will showcase advancements in the industry through the annual Polyurethane Innovation Award, which is presented during the conference's closing session. The deadline for Innovation Award entries is 29 June.