Chemours’ two Opteon refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP) are now commercially available in the US.
These chemicals are the first in a portfolio of low GWP stationary refrigerants that the company says it will introduce to the US in the next few years.
The EPA recently approved these new products, Opteon XP40 (R-449A) and Opteon XP10 (R-513A), under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program for use in commercial refrigeration and air conditioning applications.
The SNAP Program supports the transition away from ozone-depleting compounds by identifying permitted substitutes that offer lower overall risks to human health and the environment.
The commercialization of Opteon XP40 and Opteon XP10 will help the industry transition away from products that the EPA has removed from the SNAP list in applications such as commercial refrigeration and air conditioning.
Contractors, supermarkets and other equipment owners can rely on the Opteon family of refrigerants to ease the transition away from high GWP refrigerants such as R-404A, 507 and 134a, Chemours says.
Opteon XP40 delivers a 67 percent lower GWP and an 8-12 percent gain in energy efficiency compared to R-404A. Opteon XP10 offers a 56 percent lower GWP than R-134a. Both products have been approved by major original equipment manufacturers.