Chemours Opteon low-GWP refrigerant replaces R-410A in new AC and heat pump applications

Availability of next-generation R-410A replacement refrigerant supports future significant HFC reduction

Posted by Johann Nacario — February 7, 2023 — The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company that supplies titanium technologies, thermal and specialized solutions, and advanced performance materials, began taking orders from North American customers in December for its Opteon XL41 (R-454B) hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) refrigerant, which the company will start fulfilling by the end of Q1 2023.

Opteon XL41 low-GWP refrigerant

Opteon XL41 low-GWP refrigerant is an R-410A replacement in new air conditioning and heat pump applications. Image courtesy of Chemours

Opteon XL41 is an R-410A replacement in new air conditioning and heat pump applications, offering zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and an approximate 78% reduction in global warming potential (GWP) when compared to R-410A (AR4 GWP). One of the latest next-generation solutions in the Chemours Opteon portfolio, in addition to being the lowest GWP replacement for R-410A alternatives on the market today, Opteon XL41 offers an optimal balance of performance, sustainability and cost, and is classified as a low-flammability (A2L) refrigerant.

The availability of Opteon XL41 refrigerant comes approximately one year ahead of the next major scheduled step-down outlined in the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act. Starting January 1, 2024, regulations will require an additional 30% reduction in hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) production and consumption. Amidst this regulatory landscape, Opteon XL41 will offer customers product longevity.

Alisha Bellezza, president of Thermal & Specialized Solutions at Chemours, stated:

As the industry prepares for the next HFC phasedown, Chemours is fully committed to supporting a diverse group of HVACR applications in making a successful transition to sustainable refrigeration solutions. We are excited that so many of the major players in equipment manufacturing recognize the environmental and performance efficacy of Opteon XL41. Together, we are ensuring the refrigerant and equipment are readily available to support an industry-wide move to the lowest possible GWP operation without sacrificing performance.

Opteon XL41 has already been selected by most leading global OEMs, including Carrier, Johnson Controls, and Rheem, which have announced alignment with Chemours for the utilization of this product. Overall, OEM system design changes required for Opteon XL41 will be minimal, and it is expected that new equipment filled with the refrigerant will be available to customers before 2025. In addition to product innovation, Chemours says it commits extensive resources to provide customers with the training, technical support, customer service, and product supply necessary to upgrade, maintain, and service new equipment.

Chemours will spotlight Opteon XL41 — which was recently selected as the Cooling category winner in the 2023 AHR Expo Innovation Awards — and other solutions in the Opteon portfolio at the 2023 AHR Expo. Chemours is exhibiting at Booth C-6425 at the Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, this week, February 6-8, 2023.

Supporting the anticipated growth in demand for Opteon XL41 and steady demand growth for other ultra-low GWP refrigerants in the Opteon portfolio, Chemours’ $80 million capital expansion project and debottlenecking efforts at Chemours in Ingleside — located 20 minutes outside of Corpus Christi, Texas — will increase production capacity by approximately 40%. The expansion project will help Chemours meet the significant increase in product orders and aligns with the company’s corporate responsibility targets.

Find out more about the Opteon XL41 (R-454B) Refrigerant at Chemours.