Honeywell's New Propellant Reduces Global Warming Impact of Aerosol Cleaners
in Europe by 99 Percent
HFO-1234ze provides an environmentally-preferable alternative
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., May 28, 2009 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced
today that its new HFO-1234ze propellant is reducing the global-warming impact
of some industrial aerosol cleaning products by up to 99.6 percent.
HFO-1234ze is being used by MicroCare, a leading manufacturer of precision
cleaning, coating and lubricating products, in four of their best-selling
aerosol cleaners in Europe.
“This new propellant is giving our customers the functionality they are
accustomed to, but with a significantly lower environmental impact,” said
Christopher Jones, president of MicroCare.
HFO-1234ze is non flammable according to European Union standards, has zero
ozone-depletion potential and a GWP of six. In some aerosol applications,
HFO-1234ze serves as a direct replacement for HFC-134a, which has a GWP of
approximately 1,300. GWP is a measure of a gas’s contribution to global
warming. It is a relative scale that compares the gas in question to carbon
dioxide, which has a GWP of one.
“Our new low-global-warming potential propellant can be used as a drop-in for
current gases like HFC-134a, achieving similar functionality with superior
environmental properties,” said Bjorn Hofman, director of new product
innovation for Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business. “It offers European
customers an environmentally-preferable alternative to products containing
higher global warming potential (GWP) propellants and is another example of how
our low-GWP platform is meeting the needs our global customers in a variety of
Honeywell is recognized as a leading innovator in the development of high
performance, low GWP products for applications such as automotive air
conditioning systems, aerosols propellants and blowing agents for polyurethane
and extruded polystyrene insulation foams. Last year the company announced
another low-GWP product, HFO-1234yf, as a replacement for R-134a in automotive
air conditioning systems, and earlier this year announced a third low-GWP
candidate for energy-efficient polyurethane foam insulation.
For more information on Honeywell’s low-global-warming-potential products,
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global leader in providing customers with high-performance specialty materials,
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composites; intermediates; specialty chemicals; electronic materials and
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and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials.
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