The Chemours Company has broken ground on a new HFO-1234yf refrigerant production facility.
Located at the Chemours Corpus Christi plant in Ingleside TX, this new facility will triple the company’s capacity for its HFO-1234yf-based-products, which are low global warming potential (GWP). Chemours will sell these refrigerant products and blends manufactured at the new plant under its Opteon trade name.
“This new facility represents a significant step forward for Chemours, as it demonstrates our commitment to providing low-GWP solutions to the refrigerants industry,” said Mark Vergnano, Chemours president and CEO. “We see our Opteon products as the future for this industry since they provide the optimal balance of properties necessary to transition the world away from HFCs, the previous generation of refrigerants.”
The new facility will use an innovative, patented process to manufacture Opteon YF, Chemours’ HFO-1234yf mobile refrigerant product used in vehicle air-conditioning, and Opteon refrigerant blends used across a range of applications. This investment will create the world’s largest facility for manufacturing hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs), and the location will allow Chemours to efficiently serve the growing market in North America and Europe, as well as the rest of the world. Currently, Chemours is the capacity leader for HFO-1234yf-based products.
Chemours’ Opteon refrigerants portfolio was developed to help meet more stringent global regulations while maintaining or improving performance versus incumbent products. The firm has commercialized Opteon refrigeration products for use in vehicle air-conditioning, stationary and transport refrigeration, and chillers. The first Opteon product commercialized was Opteon YF, or HFO-1234yf, for vehicle air-conditioning. This refrigerant was developed to enable manufacturers worldwide to meet European Union requirements, and it has a GWP of less than one. The company has a development pipeline of additional Opteon solutions for stationary air-conditioning, foam blowing agents and waste heat recovery.