Novec 1230 Fire Suppression

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Establish a legacy of complete protection with a fire suppression system designed to safeguard your critical assets, maintain business continuity, help protect lives and preserve the planet. When you specify a fire suppression system based on 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, you are choosing the most advanced fire suppression science available, designed to deliver performance and a large margin of safety without harming the environment.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid works in the most challenging settings, including data centres, control rooms, museums and more, to help protect your assets and people. This fire extinguishing clean agent supports operational continuity in the case of a fire and helps minimise downtime for recovery and cleanup. Plus it is non-ozone-depleting, has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than 1 and a short atmospheric life, and is not targeted for the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase-down, making it an ideal long-term choice for the planet and for business.

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Protect what matters.

Waterless fire suppression designed for the future

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    When you specify a fire protection system, your choices can determine whether a person, valuable asset or even an entire business survives a fire. An effective waterless fire suppression system supports business continuity with minimal downtime. Using water-based fire supression, on the other hand, can damage electronics and result in extensive remediation and possibly the permanent loss of data or goods.

    Not all clean agent fire suppression systems are the same, however. High GWP hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) like FM-200® and ECARO-25® have been targeted for production phase-down under the F-Gas Regulations for some time in Europe. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol in October 2016 created more momentum to this phase-down of HFC production and consumption. Your choice of a gaseous fire suppression clean agent can affect the world.

    Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid shows how our commitment to using science to improve life can result in amazing breakthroughs. Stored as a liquid, it becomes a gas upon discharge, racing through affected spaces and quickly extinguishing fires by removing heat — without harming people or causing water damage.

Smart, safe, sustainable fire protection

When you specify a system for fire protection, lives, livelihoods and the environment are at stake. 3M™ Novec™ Fire Protection Fluid helps give you the peace of mind that you’ve made the smart choice to help safeguard all the things in your care.

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    Make a mindful choice to help protect the planet — and protect your organisation from regulatory challenges — with a clean fire suppression agent that has a GWP of less than 1, is non-ozone-depleting and is not targeted for phase-down.

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    Extinguishes Fires. Fast

    Novec 1230 fluid helps extinguish fires quickly and safely, by absorbing heat from the fire and interrupting the chain reaction. Since fires are extinguished quickly, damage to assets is significantly reduced. And business can carry on as normal.

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    Safe for people

    Fire extinguishing agents: margin of safety

    Novec 1230 fluid offers the highest margin of safety among clean extinguishing agents. Giving you effective fire suppression and protecting what matters the most.

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    Saves space

    As Novec 1230 fluid is stored as a liquid, it requires less space compared to inert gases and CO2 which are stored as gas. In confined spaces, cylinders can be stored in the protected area, removing need for separate storage.

3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty

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    Establish your environmental legacy — guaranteed. Because we intentionally developed Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid with sustainability in mind, we are able to offer the industry’s only global environmental warranty — the 3M Blue Sky Warranty. If 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is banned from or restricted in use as a fire protection agent within 20 years after installation due to its environmental properties, we’ll refund the purchase price of the fluid.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Novec 1230 fluid?

    Novec 1230 fluid is a sustainable fire extinguishing clean agent that helps protect high value assets. It is a waterless fire suppressant designed to replace high GWP HFCs like FM-200®.

  • How does Novec 1230 extinguish a fire?

    Novec 1230 fluid stops the combustion process by absorbing heat. As part of an advanced fire suppression system, it quickly extinguishes the fire.

  • How safe is Novec 1230?

    Fire extinguishing agents are not equal in the safety provided to occupants. Novec 1230 fluid has a large margin of safety as evidenced by the relative difference between the design concentration and the NOAEL (No Observed Adverse Effect Level)

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  • What is the shelf life of Novec 1230 fluid?

    Novec 1230 fluid has at least a 30 year shelf life in an installed system when purchased from one of our authorised manufacturers. This means the effectiveness of Novec 1230 fluid in a listed and approved system will not diminish during that time span.

  • Is Novec 1230 subject to environmental regulations?

    Novec 1230 fluid is not affected by the European F-Gas Regulation or any other International Directive or Regulations. We're happy to offer the 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty to protect your purchase against future regulations.

  • Where can I buy Novec 1230?

    3M manufactures Novec 1230 fluid, but the actual sales and installations of the systems are through our OEM partners and their global networks of distributors.

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See how 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid stacks up

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The mindful science behind Novec 1230 fluid becomes even more evident when you compare it with the alternatives. Whether you are looking to replace a halon fire protection system, install an environmentally friendly system or increase the margin of safety for your workers, Novec 1230 fluid has so much to offer. Select a comparison to learn more or explore our Total cost of ownership of fire suppression systems tool

  • Compare with inert gas

    Inert gas fire suppression systems can be expensive to install and maintain, take up more space, and require more canisters that need to be shipped, handled and installed. It can all add up to a greater investment, both up front and in the long term Novec 1230 fluid can be air shipped, while providing a higher margin of worker safety than inert gas-based systems.

  • Compare with hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

    Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), such as FM-200®, have high global warming potentials (GWPs) and long atmospheric lifetimes, causing significant environmental impact. As a result, HFCs are subject to phase-down under the Montreal Protocol and the European F-Gas Regulation, leading many to a search for an HFC alternative.

  • Compare with water and water mist

    Water in any form can cause significant damage, data loss and costs, especially for electronics, electrical systems, control rooms and archives. This can make it challenging to maintain critical operations, and lead to extensive (and expensive) cleanup and recovery in the event of a discharge.

  • Compare with carbon dioxide (CO2)

    While fire protection should address both people and property, using carbon dioxide (CO2) in fire suppression may compromise worker safety. In addition, CO2 systems incur many ownership costs due to the need for testing, training, inspection, maintenance, and space requirements.

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