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Whirlpool Partners with Honeywell on Low-Global-Warming Insulation

WhirlpoolWhirlpool is using Honeywell’s low-global-warming potential (GWP) foam blowing agent in insulation in its US-made refrigerators and freezers.

The GWP of Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent is 99 percent lower than 245fa, the most common foam blowing agent widely used within the US industry. Honeywell’s foam blowing agent has a GWP of one, the same as CO2, and is non-ozone-depleting. It has been approved by the EPA and is listed under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP), a program to to evaluate and regulate substitutes for ozone-depleting chemicals that are being phased out under the Clean Air Act.

Whirlpool expects to complete the conversion of all US manufacturing centers by the end of the year.

This is the first use of the blowing agents in home appliances, the companies say. Through the partnership, Whirlpool is the world’s first home appliance manufacturer to begin implementing Honeywell’s new Solstice blowing agent in its foam insulation.

Whirlpool has already voluntarily begun phasing out its use of hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) in its US refrigerators and freezers, utilizing the co-developed foam that provides more energy efficiency than commonly used hydrocarbons and the lowest global warming potential in its class.

Also this week, Coke said it installed its 1 millionth hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooler and EOS Climate said it will provide the DuPont refrigerant distributor network access to its Refrigerant Asset System.

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