Hisense, a leading Chinese appliance manufacturer selling globally under the Hisense and Hisense-Kelon brands, will begin using Honeywell’s low-global-warming-potential (GWP) insulation materials in its refrigerators and freezers to reduce global warming impact while increasing energy efficiency.
Hisense will widely implement Honeywell’s Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA), a non-ozone-depleting blowing agent that has an ultra-low global warming potential of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than the commonly used blowing agent HFC-245fa. Blowing agents allow closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation, used in the walls of refrigerators and freezers, to expand while providing the majority of the foam’s excellent insulating properties.
“Solstice LBA can help appliance manufacturers achieve an 8 to 10 percent improvement in energy efficiency compared with alternative blowing agents,” said Sanjeev Rastogi, business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. Hisense was the first Chinese appliance manufacturer to adopt Honeywell’s prior-generation Enovate® 245fa blowing agent, which provided Hisense refrigerators and freezers with improved energy performance and reduced ozone impact.
“We are excited to lead the way again by implementing Honeywell’s innovative and cost-effective low-GWP Solstice LBA at manufacturing locations in China. Through this collaborative effort, we stand at the forefront of the latest global technologies and we are helping advance environmentally-preferable technology in China,” said Hisense.
In addition to Solstice LBA, Honeywell’s family of Solstice-branded products includes stationary and mobile refrigerants, gaseous blowing agents, propellants, and solvents based on Honeywell’s new hydrofluoro-olefin technology that helps customers lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing end-product performance.