TCL expects to increase energy efficiency for its new refrigerator by 4 percent using Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent
Honeywell announced that TCL Corporation has adopted Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) in its refrigerator insulation to increase energy efficiency and further reduce climate impact.
TCL manufactures approximately 2 million refrigerators annually at its world-class appliance industrial manufacturing park in Hefei.
Blowing agent blends made with HFCs and hydrocarbons can have GWPs of more than 150. Solstice LBA has a GWP of 1, which enables TCL to export its products to Europe and meet the region’s stringent F-Gas regulations.
“Solstice LBA’s ultra-low-GWP provides a 4 percent improvement in energy efficiency, making it the obvious solution to meet our customers’ expectations to continually reduce climate change impact,” said Zhengming Cui, Chief Technology Officer, TCL.
By transitioning to Solstice LBA, which is based on next-generation hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) technology, TCL joins more than a dozen appliance manufacturers worldwide that have chosen Honeywell’s ultra-low-GWP blowing agent to improve insulation performance, reduce energy use and meet changing environmental regulations.
“Worldwide demand for Solstice LBA is growing at an unprecedented rate as industries seek to use environmentally preferable solutions to achieve energy efficiency, meet regulations and lower their carbon footprints,” said Patrick Clifford, global business manager, Honeywell foam blowing agents. “TCL’s adoption of Solstice LBA not only advances our next-generation blowing agent technology in China, but it also builds on the momentum that we are seeing globally for an alternative to high-GWP blowing agents. We are committed to helping appliance OEMs through this transition to low-GWP solutions such as Solstice LBA.”
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