Chemours announced that it has commercialized two new low GWP Opteon™ refrigerants in the United States. These new products, Opteon™ XP40 (R-449A) and Opteon™ XP10 (R-513A), recently received SNAP approval by the U.S. EPA.
These are the first in a growing portfolio of low GWP stationary refrigerants that Chemours will introduce to the U.S. market across a variety of applications in the next few years. The commercialization of these refrigerants will help the industry transition away from EPA SNAP delisted products in key applications including 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. Products like Opteon XP40 and XP10 will help to meet the industry’s need for more environmentally sustainable, safe and low total cost solutions for refrigeration and air conditioning applications.
Opteon XP40 (R-449A) is a nonflammable, low GWP hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) blend with a GWP of 1282 (67 percent reduction over R-404A) and is a close performance match to R-404A/507. Lab and field performance tests have even demonstrated an 8-12% energy efficiency gain vs. R-404A. XP40 offers an ideal solution for retrofit and new systems and is the best choice to replace 404A for stationary refrigeration systems. Opteon XP40 has been commercially available in Europe since fall of 2014 and is currently used in hundreds of supermarkets across Europe.
Opteon XP10 (R-513A) is a nonflammable, low GWP HFO blend with a GWP of 573 (56% reduction over R-134a). XP10 has an excellent capacity and efficiency match to 134a and is suitable as a 134a replacement in many applications including medium temperature commercial and industrial refrigeration, water chillers, air conditioning and heat pumps.
Both products have been approved by major original equipment manufacturers and are now available for sale in the U.S.