March 07, 2013

Honeywell’s New Solstice® L-41 Refrigerant Cools Haier’s New A/C

Non-ozone depleting refrigerant with lower global warming potential will reduce the carbon footprint of keeping cool

MUMBAI, India, March 7, 2013 — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) collaborated with Haier Group to introduce the world’s first HFO refrigerant air conditioner. The demonstration unit, previewed at the Chillventa show in Nuremberg, Germany, contained Honeywell’s new HFO blend refrigerant, Solstice® L-41. It was the first innovation produced by the Haier Network Smart Appliance Project, a cooperative effort between Honeywell’s Shanghai R&D center and the Haier National Laboratory.

Honeywell’s HFO refrigerant, Solstice® L-41, is the newest environmentally-friendly refrigerant for use in air conditioning. It offers outstanding cooling performance in all regions without the increase in power consumption seen with R-32 and R-410A when the ambient temperature goes up. And, with an ASHRAE A2L rating, it provides a welcome margin of safety over hydrocarbons. It is the ideal refrigerant for compact high-efficiency air conditioning systems.

Non-ozone depleting Solstice® L-41 is an advanced product with a global warming potential of less than 500, significantly lower than the currently used refrigerants like R-410A with a GWP of 2088, and HFC32, with a GWP of 675. Broad use of unitary air conditioning systems running Solstice® L-41 could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Solstice® L-41 refrigerant can be readily adapted to existing R-410A technology equipment, simplifying and speeding implementation for manufacturers.

“HFO refrigerant air conditioning units developed through the joint efforts of Honeywell and Haier will meet the increasingly stringent environmental and emission standards of different countries and effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions”, said Abhijeet Kudva, Marketing Manager, Honeywell Fluorine Products.

Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies is a global leader in developing and manufacturing advanced materials and process technologies. These materials and technologies are used by people every day in a wide range of industries and applications, from petroleum refining to environmentally friendlier refrigerants to bullet-resistant vests. Our advanced materials are critical in the manufacture of products ranging from nylon to computer chips to pharmaceutical packaging. Process technologies developed by our UOP business form the foundation for most of the world’s refiners, efficiently producing gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and petrochemicals. UOP is now pioneering technology to produce real fuels from renewable energy sources.

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