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3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an HFC alternative that works fast, clean and efficiently to help stop a fire before it starts.

Extinguish the Fire, Not the Business

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.

Extinguish the Fire, Not the Business

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.

Elements of effective protection

  • 3M™ Novec™ products for safety
    Safety

    Protecting your assets and your people.
    Provides the largest margin of safety relative to all other clean agents, giving peace of mind for the health and safety of your workers.

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  • 3M™ Novec™ products for performance
    Performance

    No Water, No Damage, No Worries.
    Designed for quick clean agent fire extinguishing, leaving valuable and sensitive materials clean and operational.

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  • 3M™ Novec™ products for sustainability
    Sustainability

    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.

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  • Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Global Phasedown Agreement Take Shape in Vienna

    August 9, 2016

    International media, including Reuters, UNEP News Centre and The New York Times, is buzzing about the July 15-23, 2016 climate change summit in Vienna, Austria and the significant progress that has been made on the global phasedown plans for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol. Negotiations involved nearly 200 countries, resulting in what many environmentalists have called “the most significant action this year to reduce global warming,” according to The New York Times. With the draft language emerging from Vienna, it is anticipated that a final deal could be ready to be signed at the October summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

    The main goals for the Vienna meetings were to reach a global agreement on the following, before the final summit in Rwanda in October:

    • HFC phasedown schedules for each country; and
    • Financial support for developing nations cutting their HFC use.

    “Amending the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs is one of the single most important unitary steps that we could possibly take at this moment to stave off the worst impacts of climate change and to protect the future for people in every single corner of the globe,” Secretary of State John Kerry said.

  • August 2, 2016

    One of the most important decisions in designing a data center is choosing the right fire protection -because even a small fire can result in costly service interruptions, destroyed equipment, loss of valuable customer data and even disruptions to vital services such as emergency response and air traffic control. For every data center, the fire suppression system must be designed with various factors in mind, including location of racks, any barriers (e.g. aisle containment), and air flow patterns.

    Finding a balanced solution that protects the business and critical assets, while anticipating regulatory changes and technological advances, can be complicated.

    To help navigate the data center fire protection market, technology and the legislative landscape, the publication Data Center Solutions or DCS interviewed 3M’s Kurt Werner, Global Business Development Manager for 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

  • July 28, 2016

    Businesses with operations in Korea now have peace of mind that 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid can be specified in total flooding systems requiring approval from the Korea Fire Institute (KFI). Novec 1230 fluid revolutionized the fire protection market 15 years ago. Today, with more than 50,000 system installations in over 90 countries, and the approvals to back up our promises, we continue to move the industry forward with the purpose of delivering a clean agent solution that is designed to work now and for years to come.

    With an agreement reached under the Montreal Protocol that the framework for a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) will be decided in 2016, specifying 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid has never been more important. At 3M, we are proud to be known for sustainable, consistent, quality products, and as a reliable source of supply time and time again.

    And now, Seoul-based Hanju Chemical, with 3M Korea support, has achieved Korea Fire Institute (KFI) approval for their fully engineered Blazero™ 1230 system using Novec 1230 fluid.

  • June 15, 2016

    In the Climate Action Plan, President Obama directed his Administration to purchase lower GWP alternatives to high global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) whenever feasible. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and General Services Administration (GSA) issued a final rule to amend their acquisition practices to meet the plan’s goals.

    It’s official. Effective June 15, 2016, the U.S. DoD, GSA and NASA issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the President’s Climate Action Plan to procure, when feasible, alternatives to high GWP HFCs.

Industry Solutions

  • 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.

  • 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is driving to a future with environmentally sustainable solutions with exceptional performance,  safety and environmental properties.

     

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Product FAQs

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  • What is 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid?

    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.

  • Is Novec 1230 a liquid or a gas?

    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.)

  • How does Novec 1230 fluid actually change from a liquid to 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.

Installation and Deployment FAQs

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  • Where is Novec 1230 fluid typically installed?

    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.

  • How is Novec 1230 fluid actually applied on a fire?

    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.

  • Is there a requirement to have a dedicated ventilation system to remove Novec 1230 fluid after a discharge?

    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.

Sustainability FAQs

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  • What does the F-gas regulation, specifically the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) cap and phase-down, mean for the fire suppression market?

    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.

  • Can 3M guarantee that Novec 1230 fluid will not be the object of environmental restrictions in the future?

    While no one can accurately predict what the future will bring, 3M is so confident that Novec 1230 fluid will not be affected by any environmental mandates that it now offers the 3M™Blue Sky℠ Warranty.

  • What is the 3M™Blue Sky℠ Warranty?

    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.

Safety FAQs

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  • Is this product safe for human occupancy?

    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.

  • Does the discharge of clean agent suppression systems cause frostbite?

    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.

  • Can I purchase a Novec 1230 fluid fire suppression system from 3M?

    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.