3M recently announced they will no longer manufacture NOVEC 1230 by end of 2025 due to the presence of PFAS (https://news.3m.com/2022-12-20-3M-to-Exit-PFAS-Manufacturing-by-the-End-of-2025).
Other similar agents, such as FM-200, have similar environmental concerns due to having HCFCs.
Does anyone know a chemical fire suppression agent that doesn't have CFC or PFAS issues?
I know there is a new NFPA standard (770) on hybrid systems and that the Victualic Vortex is one such system, but not sure what other alternatives are out on the market. Thanks in advance.
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2/9/2023 08:08:52 am
On the clean agent side - The Inert Gas options are still available.
2/9/2023 08:12:12 am
While the marketing departments are scrambling to get their new items featured, probably a good idea to bookmark this site for options:
2/9/2023 08:58:10 am
- Inert gasses
2/9/2023 09:22:53 am
As indicated above, the most suitable situation would be inert gas (such as nitrogen, argon...). But concentrations are higher and quantity of gas bottles as well... Normally not possible to retrofit an existing system without major modifications.
2/9/2023 10:46:42 am
I am in the middle of a project where I was scrambling with what to spec for some small server rooms. In consulting with my go-to Suppression Systems contractor, with the factors of my particular sutuation, we are going with the Kidde "Natura" aystem which offers a choice of four pure concentrations or mixtiures of inert gases including argon, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. I am told this will also be somewhat forgiving for my less than ideal room integrity,
2/9/2023 10:52:45 am
I did also consider Vortex and mist systems, but this did not seem to be the best applcation for my project. I'm looking forward to learning from our European partners in the industry regarding this ever-changing topic..
2/9/2023 06:36:46 pm
Novec 1230 is the 3M brand name. The 3M patent has expired and there is generic FK-5-1-12 (NFPA 2001 chemical name for Novec 1230) that is UL listed and FM approved. At least in the states manufacturers do need to modify their listings for the generic FK-5-1-12 product but for now 3M continues to ship product and that gives time to transition to generic as 3M exits the market by the end of 2025..
2/10/2023 03:57:52 pm
Thanks Mark! That was a very comprehensive and useful answer.
3/29/2023 02:03:57 pm
Total Agree with Mark
3/21/2023 03:13:52 pm
Thank you everyone for all the feedback, this was very informative as I am working with our power generation plants to find alternatives to the FM200 and NOVEC 1230 systems. CO2 seems to be the option but due to control room occupancy we are looking for other alternatives.
5/10/2023 07:11:06 am
As I understand it Novec 1230/649 is in theory a PFAS compound. However it does not suffer from the environmental and health issues that some other PFAS compounds do because it is a Ketone it breaks down easily into harmless compounds in the atmosphere and also do not accumulate in body of people. Stopping Novec 1230 is most of all a political decission with a failure to look at the individual compounds in the PFAS group of chemicals.
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