Emerson Climate Technologies Approves
Refrigerants R-449A and R-513A.
Emerson Climate Technologies has approved DuPont Opteon XP40
(R-449A) and XP10 (R-513A) for use in a wide range of their
scroll and semi-hermetic compressors. This approval
represents a significant milestone for Opteon refrigerants
as it paves the way for use in new and existing compressors
for a wide range of refrigeration applications.
Opteon XP40 is a new low global warming potential (GWP),
non-flammable replacement for R-404A and R-507 refrigerants,
which have been identified in a proposal by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be banned in
specific new and retrofit applications by Jan. 1, 2016.
XP40 has more than 60% lower GWP and significantly increased
energy efficiency compared to R-404A and R-507. Opteon XP10
is an optimized new low GWP, azeotropic, non-flammable
replacement for R-134a with more than 55% lower GWP and
comparable properties and performance.
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“DuPont is extremely
pleased that Emerson Climate Technologies has approved Opteon
XP40 and XP10 for use in their compressors,” said Kathryn K.
McCord, global business director, DuPont Fluorochemicals.
"Emerson’s approval of Opteon XP40 and XP10 for their
compressors sets the stage for these new low GWP refrigerants to
become refrigerants of choice in refrigeration and other
Emerson has a reputation of working with refrigerant
manufacturers like DuPont to provide guidance to the industry
and ensure that component approvals of new refrigerants, like
DuPont™ Opteon® line of refrigerants, stay ahead of regulation.
“It is critical that our customers have tested, proven and more
sustainable alternatives to refrigerants that have been targeted
for delisting,” said Rajan Rajendran, vice president, Systems
Innovation Center and Sustainability for Emerson Climate
Technologies, in reference to the EPA proposal to ban R-404A and
R-507 refrigerants from specific new and retrofit applications
by 2016. “To help our customers lessen the resource constraints
and costs associated with a shift of this magnitude, we have
been working to develop products and equipment that will not
only comply with this delisting proposal, but also those in the
DuPont — one of the first companies to publicly establish
environmental goals more than 20 years ago — has broadened its
sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction
to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research
and development investment. The goals are tied directly to
business growth, specifically to the development of safer and
environmentally improved new products for key global markets.