The Arkema Group is one of the world's top producers of fluorinated chemicals, under the brand Forane®, including refrigerants as well as foam blowing agents, solvents and aerosols.
Arkema's refrigerants are used wherever cooling or refrigeration are required, including home air conditioners and heat pumps, appliances, automobiles, food processing, commercial refrigeration, industrial refrigeration, chillers, and supermarkets.
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Forane® 123 (R-123) is a single-component, liquid refrigerant used in new and existing centrifugal chillers. Forane® 123 has one of the lowest OPD values of any HCFC and has a very low GWP. R-123 is going through a mandatory phase out, scheduled according to the Montreal Protocol.
Forane® 134a (R-134a) is a non-ozone depleting HFC with properties very similar to R-12. It can be used both as a pure refrigerant and as a component in refrigerant blends. R-134a is used in applications, including automotive air conditioning, chillers, medium temperature commercial refrigeration, refrigeration appliances, dehumidifier, and transport refrigeration.
Forane® 22 refrigerant (R-22) is used in a broad range of applications including residential and commercial air conditioning, refrigeration, chillers, room air conditioning, heat pumps, transport refrigeration, and other comfort cooling and refrigeration applications. R-22 is an HCFC and is going through a mandatory phase out, scheduled according to the Montreal Protocol. End-users should consult their local wholesaler or refrigerant manufacturer for more information on the R-22 phase-out. Retrofit refrigerants, such as Forane® 427A - The EASY RETROFITTM, may be options for servicing existing R-22 installations.
Forane® 404A (R-404A) is a non-ozone depleting, near azeotropic blend of HFC refrigerants R-125, R-143a, and R-134a, and is formulated to match the properties of R-502, making it useful for a variety of medium and low temperature refrigeration applications. R-404A has been approved by many refrigeration compressor and system manufacturers for use in new refrigeration equipment, such as food display and storage cases, cold storage rooms, ice machines, transportation, and process refrigeration.
Forane® 407A (R-407A) is a non-ozone depleting, zeotropic blend of HFC refrigerants R-32, R-125, and R-134a. Forane® 407A is a lower GWP refrigerant, designed for the replacement of R-404A and R-507A (retrofit and new equipment) in medium and low temperature refrigeration. Common applications include supermarket refrigeration, refrigerated transports, and food processing. R-407A can also be used as an R-22 retrofit for medium and low temperature refrigeration systems but is not intended for air-conditioning applications nor recommended for use in systems with flooded evaporators. Overall system capacities and efficiencies of an R-407A retrofit will be similar to those of R-22 for the US.
Forane® 407C (R-407C) is a non-ozone depleting, zeotropic blend of HFC refrigerants R-32, R-125, and R-134a, and has been formulated to match the properties of R-22 closely in air conditioning applications. Forane® 407C can be used to replace R-22 in new or existing R-22 residential and commercial air conditioning systems as well as non-flooded evaporator chillers. R-407C is completely immiscible with mineral oil and will require a complete oil change to POE when retrofitting an R-22 installation. Like other R-22 retrofits, R-407C is a high glide blend and is therefore typically not recommended for use in a system with a flooded evaporator.
Forane® 408A refrigerant (R-408A) is a low-ozone depleting, near-azeotropic HCFC-containing blend of R-22, R-125, and R-143a, designed to match the performance of R-502. Forane® 408A is a retrofit solution for medium and low temperature refrigeration systems that are currently using R-502. R-408A should not be mixed with R-502 or used to top off the charge of an existing system operating on R-502. R-408A is not intended for use in new equipment. R-408A contains an HCFC and, as an ozone depleting refrigerant, is subject to phase out according to the Montreal Protocol international treaty and the Clean Air Act in the United States.
Forane® 409A (R-409A or FX-56) is a low ozone depleting blend of HCFC refrigerants R-22, R-124, and R-142b. R-409A is formulated to resemble the properties of R-12. Applications include many medium temperature refrigeration systems, vending machines, refrigerators, positive displacement chillers, humidifiers, and other systems using R-12 or R-500. Forane® 409A has properties and performance similar to R-12 and R-500. R-409A is ozone depleting and subject to phased out, according to the Montreal Protocol international treaty and the Clean Air Act in the United States.
Forane® 410A refrigerant (R-410A) is a non-ozone depleting, near azeotropic refrigerant blend of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) R-32 and R-125 developed for use in air conditioning applications. Forane® 410A refrigerant is used in new residential and light commercial air conditioning systems, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, chillers, and other HVAC applications. Due to the higher refrigerating capacity and pressures of R-410A, it should not be used as a retrofit refrigerant in R-22 equipment.
Forane® 427A (R-427A or FX-100), the Easy RetrofitTM, is a simplified and cost-effective retrofit solution for existing R-22 installations in a wide range of applications, including low and medium temperature refrigeration, air conditioning, chilling, and heat pump systems. Forane® 427A is the closest match to R-22 in terms of performances, mass flow rates, and operating pressures over the whole range of temperatures and has one of the lowest GWP among R-22 retrofit solutions. Forane® 427A is the only retrofit that can be used in equipment designed for R-22 without requiring any changes to the installation; there is no need to change the expansion valves, liquid lines, condensing units, or any other costly parts of your system. Forane® 427A is tolerant of mineral oil and alkylbenzene, so an oil change may not be required in retrofitting some installations, though a complete change to POE is always recommended to ensure reliable oil return and performance. Forane® 427A (R-427A) is a non-ozone depleting blend of HFC refrigerants R-32, R-125, R-143a, and R-134a.
Forane® 507A (R-507A) is a non-ozone depleting, azeotropic blend of HFC refrigerants R-125 and R-143a. R-507A has properties that match those of R-502 closely, making it a good refrigerant for some medium and most low temperature refrigeration applications. Forane® 507A is approved by compressor and system manufacturers for use in new refrigeration equipment, such as food display and storage cases, cold storage rooms, transportation, and process refrigeration.