Promising replacement heralded for refrigerant 134A


In light of the expected phase-out of refrigerant 134a, the Gas Review reports that support has emerged for the use of HFO1234yf as a replacement refrigerant gas.

As a number of potential replacement products are considered, 1234yf has been largely heralded as the most probable refrigerant alternative in respect of its convenience of use and considerable success under testing so far.

A post-134a market seems imminent, as tighter legislation leans towards the phase out of this environmentally-unfriendly refrigerant and new alternatives are encouraged.

Changing market
An EU policy implemented in 2006 will soon be applicable to vehicle manufacturers in Japan, determining that no refrigerants with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of more than 150 will be permitted for application in new car models. This will be banned from 2011, while a phase out restriction will be applied to other non-new vehicles and a complete ban is to be realised by 2017.

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