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Fire suppression - Novec 1230

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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 centers, 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 minimize 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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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 suppression, 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® are targeted for production phase-down under the Montreal Protocol. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid and its applications? Select a question below to learn more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    View the list of approved systems manufacturers for Novec 1230

  • 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 authorized manufacturers. This means the effectiveness of Novec 1230 fluid in a listed and approved system will not diminish during that time span.

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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, find an FM-200® replacement, 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.

  • 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 inert gas

    Inert gas fire suppression systems are expensive to install and maintain, take up more space, and require more canisters that need to be shipped, handled and installed. It all adds up to a greater investment 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 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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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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    Sustainability and regulations

    Make a mindful choice to help protect the planet — and protect your organization 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 like FM 200® or ECARO-25®.

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    Novec 1230 fluid helps extinguish fires quickly and safely thanks to its unique science, designed to put out fires at a very early stage without damaging electronic equipment, the data stored on it or other valuable assets.

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    Protecting what matters starts with people. Novec 1230 fluid offers the highest margin of safety among clean extinguishing agents, giving you effective fire suppression without harmful effects.

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    Produced with consistent quality, 3M Novec 1230 fluid comes with assurance from a trusted, high-quality manufacturer with a history of consistency, reliability and safety.

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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