Chemours Breaks Ground for World’s First Full-Scale Production of HFO-1336mzz Full-Scale Production of New Formacel™ Foam Blowing Agents and Opteon™ Refrigerants Expected to Begin in 2017 » Read the Full Story
November 13, 2015 Press Release
Chemours Praises Critical Decision to Address Climate Change The U.N. Reaches Decision to Work within the Montreal Protocol to an HFC Amendment in 2016 » Read the Full Story
Chemours Recognized at 2015 Polyurethane’s Technical Conference for Best Low Global Warming Potential Blowing Agent Technical Presentation The Presentation on New Opteon™ 1100 Foam Blowing Agent Demonstrated the Product’s Environmental Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Ease of Transition. » Read the Full Story
The DuPont team of Ernie Wysong, Joe Creazzo, and Gary Loh won the award for the best poster in the Foam Blowing Agent Category at the Closing Session of CPI The poster, "Opteon™ 1100: A Unique, High Performance, Next Generation Foam Blowing" describes the latest developments by the DuPont technical team showcasing the molecule's excellent stability and thermal performance.
DuPont Fluorochemicals Announces World’s First Full-Scale Production of HFO-1336mzz Full-Scale Production of HFO-1336mzz in 2016, For Use as a Foam Blowing Agent and Refrigerant, Will Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Lower Global Warming Potential and Improved Energy Efficiency » Read the Full Story
April 10, 2014 Press Release
DuPont Fluorochemicals Announces Production Plans to Support the Introduction of a New Formacel™ Foam Blowing Agent with Low Global Warming Potential Production of HFO-1336mzz Enables the Introduction of New Offerings Based on Breakthrough Technology » Read the Full Story
Opteon™ 1100: Life Cycle Assessment for Use in a Household Refrigerator, presented by Shaibal Roy, DuPont, et al. Abstract: The polyurethane foam industry for household appliances is transitioning from foam blowing agents (FEA) or blowing agents with high global warming potential (GWP) to low GWP alternatives. However, a low GWP is not the sole criterion for an FEA to minimize climate change potential of foam insulation, their performance to reduce the appliance energy usage should also be considered. In this work, the commonly used FEA, such as hydrocarbon (HC) blend was evaluated along with a low-GWP, zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) FEA option from DuPont, Opteon™ 1100 (also known as HFO-1336mzz-Z) with lower thermal conductivity. A holistic approach using life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology was used to calculate climate change potential (CCP) across the entire supply chain, including raw material and PU foam production, foam installation, energy savings during product use, and end-of life (EOL) disposal. Neat Opteon™ 1100 and Opteon™ 1100 in blends with HC were both found to have lower life cycle CCP than HC FEA. The biggest contributor to the climate change potential was the energy use during the life of the appliance. The effect of high GWP electricity source on the net CCP was also studied by considering electricity source from various US sub-regional grids with significantly different CCP burden.
Opteon™ 1100: A Zero ODP and Low GWP Foam Blowing Agent for Spray Applications, presented by Ernest Wysong, DuPont Abstract: DuPont continues to expand the development of Opteon™ 1100 (FEA-1100) as a unique zero ODP, low GWP, non-VOC, nonflammable foam blowing agent that provides a balanced option for environmental sustainability, excellent performance and a cost-effective conversion. This paper will discuss results from recent laboratory studies and customer evaluations pertaining to the spray foam market with key emphasis on stability, reactivity, and performance attributes.
Abstract: The global standards for energy efficiency are constantly rising and at the same time the industry faces ever-increasing pressure to address climate change by focusing on reducing or eliminating substances with high global warming potential. Foam blowing agents are a vital component of rigid polyurethane foams, providing the outstanding insulation performance that is needed for improving the energy efficiencies of appliances and residential/commercial buildings while providing the right balance of weight and space conservation. To meet these environmental and performance challenges, DuPont has developed Opteon™ 1100 (FEA-1100), a zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and low global warming potential (GWP) foam blowing agent for polyurethane foam applications. Over the last several years, DuPont has demonstrated the use of Opteon™ 1100 and Opteon™ 1100 blends to improve insulation and energy efficiency, cost effectiveness and flammability for various applications including Appliance, Pour-in-Place, Spray, and PIR boardstock. In this study, DuPont, Dow Chemical and Whirlpool evaluated the performance of Opteon™ 1100 and Opteon™ 1100-hydrocarbon blends in a residential refrigerator. In addition to showing the improvement in energy efficiency, this paper also discusses the foam performance in terms of system flow, minimum freeze stable density, material compatibility and initial k-factor in a household refrigerator/freezer.