Chemours to Supply Lower GWP Refrigerant to Three Ice Rink Venues in Beijing

OpteonTM XP40 use in these three venues enables ~65% reduction in GWP compared to previous ice games

BEIJING, May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chemours Company has achieved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing National Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Sports Centre for use of Opteon™ lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants at the three venues. Participating in the MoU signing ceremony were Ms. Gui Lin, Chief of General Planning Division, Venue Planning and Construction Department of Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Mr. Yang Qiyong, General Manager of Beijing National Aquatics Center, Mr. Wang Yue, General Manager of Beijing National Indoor Stadium, Mr. Ma Xin, Vice President of Wukesong Sports Centre, Mr. Alec Yan, Asia Pacific Senior Business Director of The Chemours Company. This agreement supports the adoption of more sustainable solutions for the ice rink venues to help reduce the overall carbon footprint. 

Chemours is a leader in the refrigeration industry with more than 85 years of experience in innovative thermal solutions. Chemours Opteon™ refrigerants offer low-GWP, non-ozone depleting, and high-performance solutions.  Since 2018, Chemours has supported the sports community with sustainable refrigerant solutions through their partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL®).

Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing National Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Sports Centre were main venues for 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, and will be hosting hockey and curling ice games during the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. To support the mission of being "green, open, inclusive and clean" and to adopt more sustainable solutions, the venues in consultation with equipment suppliers, design engineers and service providers, selected Opteon™ XP40 (R-449A) refrigerant to provide reliable performance at the demanding low temperatures required for operating their facilities. Opteon™ XP40 provides a ~65% reduction in global warming potential (GWP) over hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants used previously, while cost-effectively enabling an energy efficient system design.

"Three ice making units of Ice Cube have been charged with Opteon™ XP40," said Mr. Yang Qiyong, General Manager of Beijing National Aquatics Center. "This project saves 4% of the charge compared to other refrigerants and saves installation costs. During the test games in 2019 and in April 2021, the ice making units performed well and have guaranteed excellent ice surface temperature.

"We commend the efforts of the venues to adopt a refrigerant with significantly lower GWP," said Alisha Bellezza, President of Thermal & Specialized Solutions at Chemours.  "This sets an example that positive steps can be made towards environmental sustainability, without sacrificing system performance or economic sustainability." 

After redesign and retrofit, ice making units and systems that are charged with Opteon™ XP40 have been installed in Beijing National Aquatics Center and Beijing National Indoor Stadium. Wukesong Sports Centre, which was equipped with refrigeration pipes at construction in 2006, changed out their old ice making units. The new units have also adopted Opteon™ XP40 which brings more energy efficiency and lower environmental impact.

In a series of testing games that have been held, the ice surface of the three venues has been well received by the participating athletes, which has successfully ensured the operation of the games, and has effectively reduced the environmental impact.

Watch the latest video to learn more about the three ice venues and Opteon™ refrigerants.

About The Chemours Company
The Chemours Company (Chemours or the Company) (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, Advanced Performance Materials, and Chemical Solutions providing its customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with market-defining products, application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. We deliver customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals products for markets, including coatings, plastics, refrigeration, and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductor and consumer electronics, general industrial, mining and oil and gas.  Our flagship products include prominent brands such as Ti-Pure™, Opteon™, Freon™, Nafion™, Krytox™, Teflon™, and Viton™. In 2019, Chemours was named to Newsweek's list of America's Most Responsible Companies. The company has approximately 6,500 employees and 30 manufacturing sites serving approximately 3,300 customers in approximately 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.

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