The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Honeywell’s new low-global-warming-potential Solstice™ Performance Fluid (PF) for use in aerosol solvent applications, providing a new non-flammable solution for critical cleaning applications. The approval comes under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, a program that evaluates and regulates substitutes for the ozone-depleting chemicals that are being phased out under the stratospheric ozone protection provisions of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
“The availability of Solstice PF as an aerosol solvent, and Honeywell’s low-global-warming-potential Solstice Propellant, means that manufacturers and marketers of aerosol solvents now have the ability to formulate high-performing and very environmentally-preferable products,” said Pamela Schechter, business director, Industrial Products for Honeywell Fluorine Products. “This pairing of materials boosts performance and reduces environmental impact dramatically. We look forward to working with aerosol fillers and the industries that depend on these formulations for cleaning critical parts to help improve their environmental performance.”
Solstice PF has a global-warming-potential of less than 5, significantly lower than many of the solvents it replaces, providing a sustainable solution that is also cost-effective. Solstice PF is non-flammable, and expected to be classified as a non-volatile organic chemical in the U.S. It is also compatible with many commonly used plastics and elastomers, and is both thermally and hydrolytically stable.
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