As part of
its efforts to be a
leader in the development of highly effective and environmentally responsible
extinguishing systems, Baltimore-based Sea-Fire announces its use of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire
Protection Fluid. The halon and CO2 replacement has virtually no Global Warming
Potential, is non-toxic and won’t harm delicate electronics.
moved to the forefront as a major environmental concern,” said Sea-Fire
president Ernie Ellis in a company press release. “In the 1990s, Sea-Fire addressed
ozone depletion with FM-200. Novec 1230 also has zero ozone depletion
potential, but a GWP of just one. Compared to halon’s atmospheric life span of
300 years, Novec 1230’s is only 5 days.
more countries, authorities and consumers require or opt for environmentally
sound products,” Ellis continued. “Sea-Fire is committed to supplying
best-of-class solutions to our agents, distributors and dealers throughout the
interrupts fire at the molecular level by removing heat to the point where it
is extinguished. According to 3M, the fluid has the highest heat capacity of
any commercially available halon alternative. It can be used on combustible
material, electrical and flammable liquid fires.
safe, Novec 1230 is perfect for protecting staff-occupied areas such as engine or
pump rooms, and communication or control centers. Non-corrosive and
electrically non-conductive, it vaporizes quickly. Novec 1230 won’t damage computers
or sensitive equipment such as radar and sonar. Unlike foams and powders, the
extinguishing agent is clean, leaving behind no residue to clean up.
offers Novec 1230 in pre-engineered systems protecting areas from 25 to 1,500
cu. ft., as well as custom applications for spaces up to 17,500 cu. ft. Requiring
smaller and lighter cylinders than CO2 systems, storage and handling is easy
with strict global standards, Novec 1230 certifications include RINA, DNV,
USCG, ABS and all major international approvals. It will be available worldwide
with no environmental restrictions.
Novec 1230 was
designed to avoid being subject to phase-outs. To this end, 3M backs its
product with a unique 20-year Blue Sky Warranty. If Novec 1230 is banned from
or restricted in use as a fire protection agent due to ozone depletion
potential or global warming potential, 3M will refund the purchase price of the