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No. 16 3M Ford Fusion Debuts Sustainable Fire Suppression Fluid On Earth Day

3M Corporate Communications
April 30, 2012


3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Earns NASCAR Approval

When behind the wheel and traveling at 200-miles-per-hour, safety is critical. It is the one thing, beyond winning, that NASCAR driver Greg Biffle considers when he climbs into his No. 16 3M Ford Fusion. Protection from fires is an ongoing concern among drivers. For this Earth Day weekend at the Kansas Speedway, Biffleís car has been upgraded with the environmentally sustainable, 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. Novec 1230 fluid balances performance requirements with favorable environmental and safety properties, giving Biffle added reassurance and peace of mind.

The technologically driven brand NASCAR has approved the fire suppression fluid from 3M, a company known for innovation. The sustainability aspect of Novec is huge. The fire suppression fluid not only keeps the driver safe, but it is also safe for the environment.

Metalcraft, Inc., an international leader in fire suppression, equipped both the cockpit and fuel cell area of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion with its new Fire-Trak branded fire suppression system using Novec 1230 fluid. The Fire-Trak system and 3Mís Novec 1230 fluid received NASCAR approval earlier this year.

3M researchers developed Novec brand products to be a safe, sustainable chemistry used to replace ozone-depleting substances being phased out under the Montreal Protocol or those chemistries that have high global warming potentials and undesirable toxicity. Novec 1230 fluid has an exceptional environmental profile with zero ozone depletion potential and a global warming potential of one. It stays in the atmosphere only five days, compared to HFC-236fa that lingers for 240 years.

Novec 1230 fluid is safe now and into the foreseeable future, unlike HFCs that could be impacted by the desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in fire suppression. Novec 1230 fluid is a chemical agent that is stored as a liquid but is discharged as a gas that leaves no residue. The fluid does not damage sensitive electronics or equipment in the racecar and provides a wide margin of safety when deployed in an enclosed area near Biffle. It also does not affect the surface of the racetrack, keeping it safe for other drivers. Novec 1230 fluid comes with 3Mís Blue SkySM warranty, important when used in commercial buildings, where it offers an opportunity to earn innovation credits toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Other notable applications of 3M Novec 1230 fluid include use in protecting high-value assets such as museum artifacts, library documents, data centers, health care facilities, computers and other critical devices where water cannot be used. Additionally, Novec 1230 fluid has found its way into the archives at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo. The Novec brand line also includes Novec Engineered Fluids used in electronics cleaning and heat transfer. In fact, Iceotope, a company that patented liquid cooling for servers in its data center, selected Novec technology to rapidly convect heat away from electronics for 24/7 free cooling. Novec technology is also being used in a preservation application at the Smithsonianís National Museum of Natural History where it is safely preserving a 330-pound, 24-foot giant squid.

Novec branded products are consistent with 3Mís longstanding commitment to sustainable development, for the eighth consecutive year, 3M received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index continues to recognize 3M as a sustainability leader by including the company in its 2010-2011 global sustainability index. When 3M first introduced Novec technology in 1997, the American Chemical Society recognized the companyís scientists with a Heroes of Chemistry Award.

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