Refrigerant manufacturer, Honeywell, have unveiled their non-flammable alternative to R410A.
According to a report by Climate Control News, Honeywell have unveiled Solstice N41–a refrigerant with a GWP of 733 which has been given a preliminary designation of R466A by ASHRAE–for use in stationary air conditioning systems.
Climate Control News’ report also states that once it is available on the market, which is expected to be at some point next year, Solstice N41 will be the lowest GWP, non-flammable refrigerant available worldwide. In their own statement, Honeywell provided details about how Solstice N-41 came to be.
“The innovation comes after years of research and development by Honeywell scientists, who set out to address one of the most vexing regulatory and safety challenges facing the HVAC industry. All other alternatives proposed to date are flammable and require cumbersome changes to safety standards and building codes.”
Climate Control News’ report also states that early testing indicates that switching to Solstice N41 “would require minimal changes to equipment and no additional training for installation and repair technicians. Preliminary data indicates that the refrigerant may allow Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to easily convert from R410A.”
The report also states that Solstice N41’s composition is 49% R32, 11.5% R125 (pentafluoroethane) and 39.5% of CF3I (trifluoroiodomethane).
Climate Control News’ report can be read in full here.