3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a sustainable HFC alternative that works quickly, cleanly and efficiently to help stop a fire before it starts.
3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a sustainable HFC alternative that works quickly, cleanly and efficiently to help stop a fire before it starts.
Protecting Your Business and the Environment.
By switching from an HFC to Novec 1230 fluid, which has a global warming potential of less than one, greenhouse gases in fire suppression can be reduced by more than 99 percent.
March 30, 2017
Anechoic chambers are specialized areas that absorb reflections of sound and electromagnetic waves. These rooms generally contain high value, sensitive assets for telecommunication and electronics testing. These chambers have unique fire suppression needs and now there’s a sustainable clean agent to help protect those spaces and assets.
Anechoic chambers absorb reflections of sound and electromagnetic waves using pyramid shaped radiation absorbing material (RAM). The material generates heat as it absorbs wave reflections which can cause it to combust if the heat is not properly dissipated. Due to the high value of the contents in the room, gaseous fire suppression systems are commonly used to reduce this risk as described in FM Global Data Sheet 1-53: Anechoic Chambers.
March 14, 2017
Every new administration comes with its own wave of policy and regulatory change. The fate of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) policy and regulation under the Trump Administration was clouded with uncertainty. Until now.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) publically defended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) rule to limit use of high global warming (GWP) HFCs at the D.C. Court of Appeals hearing for Mexichem, a Mexican chemical manufacturer, and Arkema, a French chemical company. In their lawsuit, Mexichem and Arkema argue that the U.S. EPA only has authority to change the status of ozone damaging chemicals, such as halon, and not to the list of substitutes, such as HFCs. According to E&E News’ GreenWire, the DOJ argued that the EPA is permitted by law to make changes when the older chemicals pose a danger to health or the environment. And because HFCs have high GWPs, many times the heat trapping potential of carbon dioxide, the DOJ considers the EPA justified in taking them off the list of acceptable substitutes for that reason.
February 21, 2017
With the ever-changing regulatory and political landscape, it can be difficult to keep up with the current state of the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phasedown under the Montreal Protocol. Late last year at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali, Rwanda, nearly 200 nations approved the timetable to phasedown high global warming potential (GWP) HFCs. Known as the Kigali Amendment, this agreement clearly defines the international phasedown paths for HFC production and use.
UNEP’s Kigali Amendment Fact Sheet (PDF, 1.02 MB) provides a comprehensive summary of the HFC phasedown, making it a great resource for fire suppression specifiers and end-users moving away from legacy high GWP HFCs like FM-200™ and ECARO-25®.
November 22, 2016
The 3M Novec team wants to congratulate our partner Fireboy-Xintex! Last month, The International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced its 2016 Innovation Award winners, honoring Fireboy-Xintex Inc. with the Environmental Award for CG / MA and GA Fixed Fire Extinguishers using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. Every year IBEX awards marine industry companies to highlight the importance of innovation in their industry and to recognize companies that continue to create dynamic new products. This year’s award recognizes Fireboy’s commitment to a sustainable solution. Novec 1230 fluid replaces legacy technologies such as halon and FM-200™, both of which are now on phase-down schedules under the Montreal Protocol.
Read the full IBEX Press Release here.
Winners were selected by a panel of judges from Boating Writers International (BWI), a professional organization consisting of writers, editors, publishers, photographers, broadcasters, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry.
In a data center, the equipment is the core of the business. Unlike water-based fire protection systems, Novec 1230 fluid is designed to work fast, effectively and without water to minimize downtime and help preserve business continuity.
Clean agent fire suppression engineered to keep crew members safe, vital equipment functional, and operations running smoothly, Novec 1230 fluid is certified by marine approval authorities around the world.
All secure. Enhance fire safety while reducing environmental impact – 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid helps protect people and equipment from fire. Non-corrosive and non-conductive, it evaporates cleanly without leaving residue - helping reduce clean-up costs and return aircraft back to service faster.
Unlike sprinkler fire protection, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is safe for use on paper, canvas and similar materials. It does not leave a residue and will not affect ink, paper, pencil dye, paint or other media.
Novec 1230 fluid is a sustainable chemical that extinguishes fire by heat absorption. It is also considered a “clean” agent that will not damage the area or products being protected when extinguishing exposed areas and products when extinguishing a fire hazard.
Actually, it is both. Novec 1230 fluid is produced and stored as a liquid. However, upon discharge (in a quick ten seconds), it turns into a gaseous state. The gas then “floods” the protected space to quickly eliminate the fire threat as well as prevent re-ignition of the potential fire incident. (Note: the term “fluid” can be used to describe either a liquid or a gas.)
Novec 1230 fluid has a very low heat of vaporization, approximately 25 times less than that of water. As a result, Novec 1230 fluid evaporates more than 50 times quicker than water. This allows the fluid to transition from a liquid to a gaseous state very rapidly when discharged through a nozzle. In a properly designed system, Novec 1230 fluid will quickly vaporize and evenly distribute itself throughout the space being protected.
Because Novec 1230 fluid will not harm or damage any property in the room being protected, systems designed for use with the product are typically installed to protect high value or critical operations in spaces such as computer rooms, control rooms, cultural facilities or any other locations where the process of extinguishing a fire cannot damage the property, its contents, or allow a shutdown of the work process.
While 3M produces Novec 1230 fluid, it is discharged on a fire hazard using the detection, piping, and nozzles of 3M’s original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners. Each system is customized to match the needs of the area being protected. When changes to a room are detected such as smoke, particles or heat increases, the Novec 1230 fluid is released into the room, usually from nozzles in the ceiling. The system is automatic, meaning that it will offer protection on a 24/7 basis.
An active mechanical process that is designed to remove Novec 1230 fluid/gas from the protected space is not required by any of the recognized codes or standards. That said, the designer of a system using Novec 1230 fluid may consider use of such a ventilation system on a case-by-case basis if conditions warrant, similar to what has been done in the past with halon.
Under the cap and phase-down, HFC-producers will be allocated a production/import quota for HFCs and will have difficult decisions to make. Because the quota will be in CO2 equivalent and HFCs sold into the fire suppression market have some of the highest GWPs, this framework does not favor HFCs sold into fire suppression. For example, an HFC producer would consume the same percentage of a quota by making either one ton of HFC-227ea, three tons of HFC-245fa, or five tons of HFC-32. This dynamic will put a substantial amount of uncertainty on the future supply and cost of HFCs sold into fire suppression. Given that fire suppression systems can easily be in situ for 20 or more years, any HFC-based system already installed or purchased over the next few years will likely be affected by the F-gas Regulation. So, suddenly, HFC-based fire suppression systems may not only be faced with immediate price consequences but also, as future supplies of HFCs are increasingly tightened, the future cost of refilling a discharged system may dramatically increase, and there may also be end-of-life costs when a system is ultimately decommissioned.
The 3M™Blue Sky℠ Warranty offers peace of mind to our global customers including those regions directly impacted the by the F-gas Regulation. Specifically, the Blue Sky Warranty offers: 3M warrants, for a period of 20 years after original installation and subject to noted requirements, that 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, installed in an approved* fire suppression system, will not be restricted for use in fire protection due to its Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) or Global Warming Potential (GWP) and is not targeted for phase-down by the Montreal Protocol, nor subject to the European F-gas regulations targeting the phase-down of production and import of HFCs into Europe; and will not be affected by U.S. EPA SNAP regulations which would render it either unacceptable or acceptable subject to narrow use limits.
Yes. Novec 1230 fluid has received all of the required global approvals from third party testing agencies (such as Underwriters Laboratories) to validate extinguishing and design concentration for the product. 3M has tested Novec 1230 fluid to validate there is a large margin of safety for use at these design concentrations. The safety of Novec 1230 fluid has also been reviewed by the U.S. EPA SNAP Office and other independent authorities. The key industry standard from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 2001) recommends that personnel evacuate an area prior to the discharge of any clean agent system. However, if individuals are present during the discharge, they will not be affected by the agent.
No, a properly designed fire suppression system will not cause frostbite, because the nozzles are positioned to avoid impingement directly on personnel. Although the temperature of a room may decrease a few degrees, there is certainly no danger of frostbite to any individual in the room. It simply will not occur.
No. 3M manufactures Novec 1230 fluid but the actual sales and installations of the systems are through our OEM partners and their global networks of distributors.