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This Solstice Range of HFO Supporting Next-Gen Sustainable Future

Honeywell is dedicated to developing innovative technologies to meet growing customer demand for solutions that are energy efficient, safer and better for the environment as compared to existing materials.

Hitesh-MehtaHoneywell has recently announced to manufacture Solstice range of hydrofluoroolefins (HFO) in India. This portfolio of next-generation products has no ozone depletion potential and a global warming potential (GWP) of 1, thereby helping customers lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing end product performance. These industry-first products have various applications, including blowing agents for foam insulation and refrigeration liquid for chillers. Globally, Honeywell’s Solstice range of LGWP refrigerants has had the same impact as planting more than 77 billion trees or the equivalent of removing more than 42 million cars from the road each year. Hitesh Mehta, General Manager, Advanced Materials, Honeywell India during a conversation with Nitisha from BISinfotech talks about Honeywell’s breakthrough Solstice hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology.

How is Solstice® contributing towards lower-global warming potential (GWP)?

Honeywell is dedicated to developing innovative technologies to meet growing customer demand for solutions that are energy efficient, safer and better for the environment as compared to existing materials.

Honeywell has invested a billion dollars in research, development, and new capacity for Solstice® technology, having anticipated the need for lower-global warming potential (GWP) solutions to combat climate change more than a decade ago.

The Solstice® portfolio of products benefits society through superior energy efficiency performance in cooling and insulating applications. By reducing fuel consumption, fluorocarbons directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heating, cooling, and electrical power generation, and are cost-effective for the end user compared with fluorocarbon alternatives.

Using Honeywell Solstice technology has helped avoid the potential release of the equivalent of more than 295 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere so far, equal to the carbon emissions from nearly 688 million barrels of oil. By the end of 2022, Solstice R-1234yf, a low global warming potential refrigerant used in automobile air conditioning systems, will be used in almost 185 million vehicles globally.

Kindly elaborate Honeywell’s portfolio of energy-efficient products with hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology.

Hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) have an ultra-low GWP and are non-ozone depleting. Our portfolio of ready-now, energy-efficient products with HFO technology include:

  • Solstice® yf,an ultra-low GWP refrigerant for automobile air conditioning systems that is expected to be used in 185 million vehicles globally by the end of this year.
  • Solstice® N40 is the world’s most adopted, lowest-GWP replacement refrigerant for 404A in the supermarket industry, with more than 60,000 installations in supermarkets across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
  • Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA) is an ultra-low GWP solution used in a variety of rigid foam insulation applications, including residential and commercial refrigeration equipment, spray foam, pour-in-place insulation, and insulated metal panels.
  • Solstice® Gas Blowing Agent (GBA) is a gaseous blowing agent that is being used in extruded polystyrene board and one-component foam applications.
  • Solstice® Propellant is a non-flammable, ultra-low GWP-solution for aerosol applications, including personal care products, pressure dusters, lubricants and cleaners, and disinfectants.
  • Solstice® ze, an energy-efficient, ultra-low GWP refrigerant, has been adopted by heat pump manufacturers to deliver low-carbon and energy cost savings in ground-breaking projects throughout Europe.
  • Solstice® zd has various applications, including blowing agents for foam insulation and refrigeration liquid for chillers.

How is technology helping companies meet their sustainability and environmental goals?

Honeywell’s Solstice® technology helps customers lower their carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency without sacrificing end-product performance. It supports their sustainability goals with innovative, ready-now products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, measure and reduce carbon impact and support the adoption of renewable energy sources.

In 2022, we announced our partnership with Navin Fluorine to manufacture Solstice® zd in India. The portfolio of next generation products has a global warming potential (GWP) of one and no ozone depletion potential, thereby helping customers lower their carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency without sacrificing end-product performance.

For its contribution to helping companies meet sustainability and environmental goals, Honeywell’s Solstice® portfolio has been named Top Project of the Year in the 2022 Energy + Environment Leader Awards and was highly commended as part of the World Sustainability Awards 2022 in the Sustainable Technology Award category.

Application and beneficiary industries of Honeywell Solstice technology. Kindly explain.

Honeywell’s Solstice® portfolio of ultra-low GWP products is used in various applications, including refrigerants for supermarkets, air conditioning for cars and trucks, blowing agents for insulation, propellants for personal and household care, solvents for cleaning solutions, and is being evaluated for use in metered dose inhalers.

How is Honeywell contributing towards sustainability? Kindly highlight the company’s focus on making environment-friendly products.

Honeywell is at the forefront of developing technologies that help organizations – both large and small – achieve their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. These breakthrough technologies are changing the quality of life for citizens, while also supporting a more sustainable future for the next generation.  In 2021, approximately 60% of Honeywell’s new product introduction research and development investment was directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.

Honeywell creates ready-now technologies and solutions for the sustainable development of modern society. Our sustainability-focused offerings include cleaner fuels, carbon capture, and hydrogen, low global warming potential refrigerants, plastic circularity, energy optimization, net zero buildings, and energy-efficient data centers. Importantly, many of these technologies are being developed by Honeywell engineers right here in India.

Honeywell has recently begun production of near-zero global warming-potential medical propellant. Kindly highlight its specialty and what will be next step in the same direction.

We recently began production of Solstice® Air (HFO-1234ze(E) cGMP), a near-zero GWP medical-grade propellant for use in respiratory inhalers. Honeywell’s Solstice Air technology is being evaluated for use as a medical propellant and has up to 99.9% less GWP than propellants currently used in inhaled respiratory medicines. It is a non-flammable, near-zero GWP, non-ozone-depleting, volatile organic compound (VOC)-exempt (per U.S. EPA and CARB) propellant in clinical development today for pressurized metered-dose inhalers.

Kindly talk about future marketing strategies and upcoming products.

Today Honeywell’s HFOs are available for mobile air conditioning, refrigeration, aerosol applications, insulating and one-component foams, and we are constantly innovating to develop new formulations for a variety of applications.

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Nitisha Dubey

I am a Journalist with a post graduate degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. I love reading non-fiction books, exploring different destinations and varieties of cuisines. Biographies and historical movies are few favourites.

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