17 November 2022
Refrigerant manufacturers Chemours and Honeywell have announced a pilot programme which they say will enable qualified companies to recycle and reclaim R448A (Honeywell's Solstice N40) and R449A (Chemours' Opteon XP40) patented HFO refrigerant blends in the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Chemours and Honeywell say they are uniquely positioned to support recycling and reclamation and to license qualified companies to recycle and reclaim patented fluorochemical refrigerants. The old refrigerant is cleaned, returned to specification and used for service of refrigeration systems that need it. To ensure the integrity of these operations and the safety and quality of the resulting R448A and R449A, important criteria have been established for potential programme participants, including audit requirements and strict record-keeping.
“At Chemours, we strive to create a better world through the power of our chemistry,” said Alisha Bellezza, president of thermal & specialised solutions at Chemours. “This programme demonstrates that commitment by providing the market with peace of mind that reclaimed and recycled HFO refrigerants are safe, legal and meet stringent industry standards.
"These patented products, R448A and R449A, were invented and developed to bring efficient, low-global-warming-potential (GWP) solutions to the market, and this programme ensures that qualified recyclers and reclaimers utilise product that originated from an authorized source to be legally available for sale.”
Ken West, president, Honeywell Advanced Materials, said: "Honeywell is committed to developing ready-now solutions, including our Solstice portfolio of hydrofluoroolefin technology, and supporting our customers in their environmental transformations. This programme is one example and an important step in enabling the broader recovery, recycling and reclamation of fourth generation fluorochemical refrigerants, such as our reduced-GWP, energy-efficient, non-flammable Solstice N40, for a more sustainable future.”