06 December 2022
Honeywell's Baton Rouge facility in the US has doubled production capacity of Solstice ze (HFO1234ze), an ultra-low global warming potential (GWP) and energy-efficient solution used in refrigeration and air conditioning applications, as well as foam insulation and as an aerosol propellant.
Solstice ze is part of Honeywell’s Solstice range of products based on hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology, which aims to help customers reduce their environmental impact and increase energy efficiency without sacrificing end-product performance or safety.
“Expanding capacity to produce Solstice ze at our Baton Rouge facility demonstrates Honeywell’s ongoing commitment to providing our customers with ready-now solutions that support their environmental transformations,” said Laura Reinhard, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Foam and Industrial Products. “We will continue to invest in this important technology to help our customers around the world meet regulatory requirements and decrease their carbon footprint.”
Honeywell says it has invested more than one billion dollars in research, development and new capacity for its Solstice technology, having anticipated the need for lower-GWP solutions to combat climate change more than a decade ago. The product line includes refrigerants for supermarkets, air conditioning for cars and trucks, blowing agents for insulation, aerosol propellants, solvents for cleaning solutions, and is being evaluated for use in metered dose inhalers.
Using Honeywell Solstice technology has helped avoid the potential release of the equivalent of more than 295 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere so far, equal to the carbon emissions from nearly 688 million barrels of oil.
-  Calculations are based on Solstice sales to July 2022, comparing the difference in GWP of those products to the HFCs and / or HCFCs they replaced.