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    Podcast: A2Ls-What’s Happened and What’s to Come...

    Feb. 21, 2024

    Over the last several months via Contracting Business HVAC Chats, Chemours shared a lot of useful intel concerning the HFC phasedown.

    We started with a high-level discussion of the  American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act which initiated the phasedown of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) production and consumption in the U.S., and we spoke about the subsequent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) work of creating new regulations and guidelines for the transition.

    We got into greater specifics when we aired a podcast about A2Ls, the new-generation refrigerants that have the benefits of mild flammability, low toxicity, and low global warming potential (GWP).  We also highlighted that our new Opteon brand refrigerants, such as XL41® (R-454B) are based on hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) and is considered an HFO blend.  As we look to find solutions to climate change challenges, A2L refrigerants offer benefits such as similar operating characteristics to legacy refrigerants, a safer profile than ammonia and hydrocarbon refrigerants, and greater energy efficiency than R-410A and transcritical CO₂ systems.

    Then we took our discussion into the details. Because, despite the importance of the high-level information about regulations and new-generation refrigerants, Chemours knows that the service technician needs the essential facts of working within the new guidelines and with these new products.  Though A2L refrigerants will not require a fundamental shift in the way technicians conduct business, these will require more rigorous attention to basic servicing fundamentals. And we provided a detailed overview about those fundamentals.

    Finally, we aired a podcast focused on the successful Hensley Beverage system replacement, an A2L refrigeration installation with real impact. The Hensley project effectively paved the way for companies throughout the commercial refrigeration industry to adopt refrigerant technologies that are both cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.

    Our series covered the 1-2-3s of the HFC transition. Now we look at the ABCs. Chemours has[DD1]  invested more than one billion dollars in research and development and downstream product and application development on low-GWP, hydrofluoroolefin (HFO), and HFC technologies, and remains committed to the ongoing development needs of customers throughout the HFC phasedown in the U.S. and globally.

    Our portfolio of products has been specifically developed to meet the changing global regulatory landscape while maintaining or improving performance compared to the products they replace.

    Making sense of all this and the impact on your business is as easy as ABC.

    Chemours Opteon product portfolio for A2L-ready equipment includes Opteon XL40 (R-454A), Opteon XL41 (R-454B) and Opteon XL20 (R-454C).

    XL40 (R-454A) was developed for remote condensing units, XL41 (R-454B) was created for air conditioning units and heat pumps, and XL20 (R-454C) is for supermarkets and industrial refrigeration applications.  The future of refrigerants is really as simple as ABC as you’ll learn in this podcast.


    In this podcast you’ll learn more about:

    *How these new refrigerants fin into the EPA’s Technology Transition Final Rule

    *The correct applications for these new refrigerants.

    *How to get the help you need from Chemours on your upcoming projects.



    Chris Pyles - North American HVAC Project Lead - Chemours. 

    Chris Pyles has 15 years of experience in the HVAC industry working with MEP firms, distributors, and OEMs as a sales leader, and now with Chemours as the Project Lead for the XL41 product.  Chris holds an MBA, is a former US Marine, and he lives with his wife and kids in San Antonio, TX.  Through his career in HVAC he has held a focus on the introduction and adoption of new technologies, which now supports his efforts with Chemours and the adoption of new refrigerants by the industry.  Today, Chris Pyles holds a central position with the XL41 product for Chemours, and endeavors to help the industry succeed in transitioning to A2L refrigerants.


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    About The Chemours Company

    Chemours is a different kind of chemistry company, driven by our purpose to create a better world through the power of courageous chemistry. With a world-class portfolio, Chemours provides solutions for industries ranging from automotive, paints, and laminates to advanced electronics, construction, energy, and telecommunications, helping to make a world that is more colorful, capable, and cleaner.