AGC Asahi Glass (AGC) announces that it has obtained certification for AMOLEA 1224yd, a new refrigerant with a lower environmental impact. The certification was granted in October 2017 by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE*1), marking the first time for a Japanese company to obtain approval for a new chemical substance. AGC intends to begin commercial production of AMOLEA 1224yd in early 2018, and will continue to increase capacity in line with demand growth.
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AMOLEA 1224yd is a non-flammable, environmentally-friendly new refrigerant designed mainly for use in centrifugal chillers, binary cycle generators, and waste heat recovery heat pumps. AMOLEA 1224yd serves as an alternative to one of conventional refrigerants, HFC–245fa, but with the added benefits of a GWP*2 (Global Warming Potential) value of under 1 (1/1000th of conventional refrigerants) while maintaining equal or better refrigerant performance and stability. In addition to newer equipment fitted for AMOLEA 1224yd, existing equipment with certain specifications can also use the product without major modifications, allowing the users to implement preventive measures against global warming without making large investments.
ASHRAE is an international organization involved in heating, refrigerating, and air conditioning, and its certification of a product's safety (i.e. flammability, toxicity) is regarded as one of the prerequisites to commercialization. Prior to earning ASHRAE certification, the performance of AMOLEA 1224yd has already received high evaluation among various cooling equipment manufacturers both in and outside Japan, and Ebara Refrigeration Equipment & Systems Co., Ltd. has decided to adopt it for its next generation of centrifugal chillers. The recent ASHRAE certification for AMOLEA 1224yd is expected to accelerate the product's adoption in a wide range of equipment around the world.
Under its management policy AGC plus, the AGC Group is committed to accelerate both the development of refrigerants that reduce global warming, and strives to contribute to the early realization of environmentally-friendly freezers, refrigerators and air-conditioners by closely cooperating with equipment manufacturers who have been proactively working on environmental issues.
*1: An American scientific society involved in heating, refrigerating, and air-conditioning that establishes standards for the performance and safety of related equipment and refrigerants and is also responsible for their certification. (Website:<a href="https://www.ashrae.org/home" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> https://www.ashrae.org/home</a>)
*2: A coefficient representing the effect on global warming. This figure expresses the global warming potential of greenhouse gases in relation to the baseline value of carbon dioxide, a type of natural refrigerant.