One of China's largest appliance and electronics manufacturers has announced a switch to Honeywell's Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent in its refrigerator insulation.
The TCL Corporation makes around 2 million refrigerators each year and says it expects to increase energy efficiency and reduce its impact on the environment.
Chinese manufacturers produce 70 million refrigerators per year, more than half of all refrigerators produced globally. Many are insulated with foam made with high-GWP chemicals such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Blowing agents are a critical ingredient in foam insulation used in appliances, allowing the foam to expand and enabling its excellent insulating performance, which in turn improves energy efficiency.
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Honeywell announced last week that it has signed an agreement with Chinese refrigerant manufacturer, Juhua Group, to make their auto air conditioning refrigerant, Solstice yf.
Juhua Group will make Solstice yf (R1234yf) in China for Honeywell to supply the local, USA and European markets. Juhua will start making the refrigerant in late 2016. Honeywell already makes R1234yf in the USA for the local market. The new, Chinese manufacturer will boost supply into the USA to meet growing demand.
Solstice yf is a 'near replacement' for R1234a and has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 1. R134ahas a GWP of 1,300.
Ken Gayer, Honeywell vice president and general manager of the company's fluorine product division said: