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R404A/R134a replacements now in US

DuPont-Opteon-XP40USA: Chemours has announced the US availability of its lower GWP alternatives for R404A, R507 and R134a.

Opteon XP40 (R449A) and Opteon XP10 (R513A) recently received SNAP approval by the US EPA. Chemours promises that these are the first in a growing portfolio of low GWP stationary refrigerants that it will introduce to the US market across a variety of applications in the next few years.

Already available in Europe, the new gases are designed to help US industry transition away from EPA SNAP-delisted products in key applications including commercial refrigeration and air conditioning.

R449A is a non-flammable, low GWP HFO blend with a GWP of 1282 and is said to be a close performance match to both R404A and R507. Chemours describes R449A as an ideal solution for retrofit and new systems that maintains that tests have shown an 8-12% energy efficiency gain compared to R404A.

R513A is a non-flammable, low GWP HFO blend with a GWP of 573 and a capacity and efficiency to match R134a, the refrigerant it is designed to replace. 

Related stories:

EPA approves low GWP HFCs – July 3, 2015
USA: The EPA has announced that low GWP alternative refrigerants R450A, R448A, R513A and R449A are to be approved for more uses. Read more…

DuPont’s new low GWP refrigerant trio – October 22, 2014
USA: DuPont has announced the commercial availability of three more low GWP, HFO-based refrigerants. Read more…

Dutch retailer converts 200 stores to R449A – October 16, 2014
NETHERLANDS: Dutch retailing group Ahold is converting the refrigeration systems in some 200 of its Albert Heijn supermarkets to DuPont’s R404A/R507A replacement refrigerant Opteon XP40, aka R449A. Read more…

US could ban R404A from 2016 –  July 11, 2014
USA: A number of common HFC refrigerants including R404A and R134a could be banned in certain uses from as early as January 1, 2016, under new proposals put forward by the US EPA. Read more…

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