Nashville, Tennessee - Honeywell announced the commercialisation of its new Solstice liquid blowing agent for polyurethane foam insulation, 26 Sept, at the meeting of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry, in Nashville.
Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent, formerly known as HBA-2, can be used in a variety of insulation applications including spray-foam, foam insulating panels and refrigerator insulation. Honeywell said use of the new material can make refrigerators up to 10 to 12 percent more energy efficient than those insulated by hydrocarbon-blown foam, and more than 2 percent more energy efficient than refrigerators containing today's most widely-used insulating agent, HFC-245fa.
At a presentation in Nashville, Whirlpool's global product manager for refrigeration Uday Bahadur Mathur, described the refrigerator manufacturer's evaluation and potential use of the material, noting that because energy efficiency is such a pressing concern for governments worldwide, the system cost of refrigerators, taking account of the energy savings possible, is an important criterion for fridge makers.
Honeywell adds that, in residential and commercial buildings using spray-applied insulating foam, Solstice provides a 5 percent improvement in thermal insulation value over HFC-245fa-based spray foam.
Because of these energy efficiency benefits, if fully adopted globally, Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent could save approximately 60 million tonnes per year of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is comparable to eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from more than 11.8 million cars every year.
"Honeywell's new Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent excels in the four dimensions that are most important to blowing agent users: energy efficiency performance, environmental impact, safety in use, and cost-effectiveness," said Terrence Hahn, vice president and general manager for Honeywell Fluorine Products. "