Honeywell Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA), a critical material used in energy-efficient polyurethane foam insulation, was named the winner of the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award by the American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI).
Foam blowing agents allow closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation to expand and provide the majority of the foam’s excellent insulating properties. Solstice LBA has a global warming potential that is significantly lower than higher global warming hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blowing agents, while providing excellent insulating properties. Widespread adoption of Solstice LBA would result in a reduction of more than 25 million metric tons per year of CO2-equivalent in the U.S. alone; globally this number could exceed 90 million metric tons per year, which is equivalent to permanently taking 19 million cars off the road.
“This innovation award is another recognition of the efforts by our world-leading fluorine researchers, who have developed a range of low-global-warming materials for applications ranging from insulation to automotive and commercial air conditioning,” said Sanjeev Rastogi, business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. “I want to congratulate the other finalists, Dow Chemical and Novomer, as well as all of the nominees. We are very proud that Solstice LBA is making a positive contribution by increasing foam performance and energy efficiency, while dramatically reducing climate impact.”
Solstice LBA was voted the top innovation from among three finalists by judges and attendees of the CPI Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Orlando, Florida. The award highlights the role that innovation plays in the polyurethane industry and recognizes companies and individuals whose vision and perseverance bring new products, technologies and initiatives to the marketplace.