DuPont receives US EPA approval for Formacel 1100 foam expansion agent22 October 2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved DuPont Fluorochemicals' Formacel 1100, a foam expansion agent.
The approval, issued under the significant new alternatives policy (SNAP) programme, allows the compound to be used as a foam expansion agent or blowing agent.
SNAP programme is designed to identify alternatives to ozone-depleting compounds.
DuPont chemicals and fluoroproducts president Thierry Vanlancker said: "DuPont continues to support the President's Global Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the continued development and commercialisation of low-GWP (gobal warming potential) solutions.
"Formacel 1100 provides a breakthrough product in response to regulatory and sustainability demands, which will not only reduce GWP but will also improve energy efficiency, further reducing climate change impact."
Formacel 1100 is said to cater to polyurethane foam customers looking for non-flammable, high-efficiency, low-GWP solutions, and helps the environmental footprint of polyurethane foam insulation.
It also provides good thermal insulation performance, which facilitates reduced energy consumption and thereby lowers greenhouse gas emissions, the company said.
Earlier, DuPont unveiled plans to launch small-scale volumes of Formacel 1100 in late 2014 and commence full-scale production in mid-2016.
DuPont Fluorochemicals global business director Kathryn McCord said: "DuPont Fluorochemicals continues to develop and commercialise new high-value offerings based on our breakthrough HFO technology to meet our customers' needs for low-GWP solutions.
"Formacel 1100 will enable our customers to reduce GWP by greater than 99% compared with the HFCs used in rigid polyurethane insulating foams that it will replace."