3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a clean agent fire extinguishant which was developed as a halon replacement and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternative. It belongs to a family of chemicals called halocarbons, a group which includes HFCs and fluoroketones. Novec 1230 fluid is a fluoroketone, while chemical clean agents like FM-200™ and ECARO-25® are HFCs (HFC-227ea, HFC-125). Novec 1230 fluid has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than one while these HFCs have a GWP of more than 3000. Novec 1230 fluid has the highest margin of safety for human occupancy among clean agents, including inert gas.
When you specify a fire protection system, your choices can determine whether a person, valuable asset or even an entire business survives a fire. When that system uses Novec 1230 fluid, you may confidently offer your client a solution that:
Novec 1230 fluid extinguishes a fire before it starts by rapidly removing heat. In a typical total flooding system, the fluid is stored as a liquid in cylinders pressurized with nitrogen. Automatic detection sensors trigger release when the fire is at the incipient stage, extinguishing it in mere seconds.
Novec 1230 fluid evaporates 50 times faster than water. In fact, you could soak a paperback book in a bath of Novec 1230 fluid and within a minute, pick it up and read where you left off.
In this video you’ll see a controlled test of a fire in a simulated data center. Watch to compare the performance of Novec 1230 fluid to a water sprinkler system.
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Novec 1230 fluid offers unparalleled value. Whether you’re looking to:
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Each specification for a fire suppression system using Novec 1230 fluid reflects the unique circumstances of the application as well as each client’s special considerations, such as low global warming potential, occupant safety or protecting delicate assets such as hard drives.
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We have worked with our approved original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to optimize Novec 1230 fluid’s performance in their listed or approved systems.
Because we intentionally developed 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid with sustainability in mind, we are able to offer the industry’s first-of-its-kind global ODP and GWP warranty — the 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty. If Novec 1230 fluid is banned from or restricted in use as a fire protection agent within 20 years after installation due to its Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) or Global Warming Potential (GWP), we’ll refund the purchase price of the fluid. Read the full Terms & Conditions (PDF, 222.52 KB) for details.
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