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AGC Develops New Refrigerant for Air-conditioning with One-sixth the Environmental Impact
 

Tokyo, Mar 20, 2014 (JCN) - AGC has developed AMOLEATM, a new refrigerant for air-conditioning systems that can reduce the global-warming potential (GWP) to about one-sixth that of conventional products, while delivering equivalent performance to the conventional hydrofluorocarbon(HFC)-410A.

Application of HFC, which is used as a refrigerant for air-conditioning systems and automobiles, is being reexamined globally due to its high GWP and large environmental load. Regulations have already been imposed on HFC in Europe and its use is to be restricted in Japan in 2015, while the United Nations is considering limits on its use.

In line with this trend toward restricting the use of HFC, some manufacturers of room air-conditioning systems and professional-use air-conditioning equipment have begun to adopt alternative refrigerants such as HFC-32. Meanwhile, there are needs for refrigerants with a lower GWP from the viewpoint of preventing global warming.

AMOLEATM is an environmentally responsive mixed refrigerant whose main ingredient is hydrofluoroolefin (HFO)-1123, which has an extremely low GWP, and AGC worked on its development as part of a NEDO-subsidized project.

The new refrigerant, with a very low GWP of about half that of a possible alternative refrigerant—HFC-32—(about one-sixth of GWP of the conventional refrigerant HFC-410A), while providing equivalent performance to conventional refrigerants, will achieve both low GWP and energy efficient economic performance.

AGC aims to launch commercial production in 2016, and will promote the development of refrigerants with even lower environmental impacts from global warming.

By Jun Ota Staff Writer

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