Nuremberg, Germany, October 14, 2010
At Chillventa 2010, DuPont announced the development of a new, lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant for use in commercial refrigeration systems. DuPont™ Opteon™ XP10 is based on HFO-1234yf, which has recently received global acceptance for use in mobile air-conditioning. It is characterized by its lower GWP (close to 600) when compared to R134a, as well as its similarity to R134a in terms of its thermodynamic properties.
Initial test results indicate that it is suitable for use as an alternative refrigerant for new, medium-temperature commercial refrigeration systems based on R134a technology, or as a cost-effective replacement for R134a in existing systems. First pilot projects with leading food retailers such as ALDI Süd, Penny (both Germany) and Spar (Austria) have been very encouraging in terms of operating performance and ease of use. DuPont is considering an initially limited commercial launch of Opteon™ XP10 in the EU between 2012 and 2013, and will monitor market interest to define the exact timing for its commercial introduction.
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