02/05/2014

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Whirlpool begins using Honeywell\'s Solstice LBA in US refrigerator insulation

The global warming potential (GWP) of the new foam blowing agent is equal to 1, which is 99.9 % lower than hydroflurocarbon (HFC) 245fa (with a GWP of 1020), the most common foam blowing agent widely used within the US appliance manufacturing industry. Solstice LBA is said to provide good insulation performance, resulting in appliances that use 8 - 10 % less electricity when compared to those made with cyclopentane, another commonly used foam blowing agent. According to Whirlpool, the conversion of all US manufacturing centres is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014 and the impact to the global warming effect will be the equivalent of removing more than 400,000 cars from the road (based on US Environmental Protection Agency Greenhouse Gas Emissions Equivalency Calendar and company calculations of a total CO2 reduction).[image_0] "Whirlpool Corporation and Honeywell believe we have responsibility to be as proactive as we can to preserve our environment, and meet the demands of our consumers,” said Joseph Liotine, President of Whirlpool US operations. "By introducing this new insulation to our refrigerators, we\'ve taken steps to reduce global warming potential, the most significant contributor to environmental impact for refrigerators without compromising quality or the energy efficiency of our appliances.” This is the first use of the innovative blowing agents in home appliances. Through the partnership Whirlpool Corporation is the world\'s first home appliance manufacturer to begin implementing Honeywell\'s new Solstice blowing agent in its foam insulation. The company has already voluntarily begun phasing out its use of hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) in its US refrigerators and freezers utilising the co-developed foam that provides more energy efficiency than commonly used hydrocarbons and the lowest global warming potential in its class. "Whirlpool is a world-class company that is leading the way with highly efficient, environmentally friendlier products, and that is reflected in their choice of Honeywell Solstice LBA for their new line of refrigerators,” said Andreas Kramvis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. "We are pleased to see Whirlpool at the vanguard of the global effort to combat climate change while retaining the high performance that consumers have come to expect from their products.” Next generation technology for near zero GWP impact Blowing agents such as Honeywell\'s Solstice LBA allow foam insulation to expand and provide the majority of the foam\'s insulating properties. Solstice LBA has a GWP of 1, the same as carbon dioxide, and is non-ozone-depleting. The foam blowing agent has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is listed under the EPA\'s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP). Most recently, Solstice LBA was a key component in the roofing system applied to more than 500,000 sq. ft. of roof at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, OH, USA. In addition to Solstice LBA, Honeywell\'s family of Solstice-branded products includes stationary and mobile refrigerants, gaseous blowing agents, propellants, and solvents that help customers lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing end-product performance. Honeywell is building a new manufacturing facility in Louisiana to supply Solstice LBA to Whirlpool and other blowing agent customers. The new plant is nearing completion, and large-scale commercial quantities will be available in Q2 2014.

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