Leading electro-chemicals manufacturer, Electrolube is now offering some of its key products with a low global warming potential (GWP) propellant.
Committed to innovation and environmental responsibility, Electrolube’s R&D department sought a replacement for the HFC134a propellant used in producing aerosols because it showed moderate GWP in spite of providing excellent non-flammable performance.
Also referred to as HFO-1234ze, the Solstice propellant is an ultra low GWP blowing agent and aerosol propellant with the ability to reduce equivalent CO2 emissions by more than 99.5% over the preceding technology. The changeover will benefit Electrolube customers as well as the environment with no impact on the performance.
Electrolube is now leveraging the low carbon benefits of Solstice 1234ze in its air dusters and freezer sprays.
While air dusters are used in a variety of applications to remove dust and airborne contamination from very delicate or inaccessible areas of electrical and electronic equipment, freezer sprays are used by industry for fault finding, helping to identify and cool overheating electrical components.
Given their use in ‘live’ equipment, it was important for these products to be non-flammable.
Both Electrolube's FREH freezer refrigerants and EADH air dusters benefit from Solstice propellant, offering the electronics industry the benefits of low environmental impact combined with high performance and safety.
Ron Jakeman, Managing Director of HK Wentworth Group explains that hydrocarbon alternatives considered for replacement were flammable, posing a risk to health and safety in the working environment.
Solstice propellant with its very low GWP, zero ozone depletion and non-flammable qualities provided a viable alternative and a perfect fit for Electrolube’s environmental policy.
For instance, replacing one 200ml can of duster containing HFC134a with the equivalent containing Solstice 1234ze results in a remarkable reduction of 347.5kg in CO2 emissions.
The ability to harness the benefits of Solstice propellant means that Electrolube can now extend their marketing activities into territories where the use of HFC134a is not authorised.
Key benefits of Solstice propellant:
- 20% more blasts per can
- Significant reduction in CO2 emissions
- Halo-Olefin (HFO) with extraordinary low-carbon benefits
- Measured atmospheric lifetime of two weeks compared to 14 years for HFC134a