Fire suppression — Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a clean agent fire extinguishant which was developed as a halon replacement and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternative. It belongs to a family of chemicals called halocarbons, a group which includes HFCs and fluoroketones. Novec 1230 fluid is a fluoroketone, while chemical clean agents like FM-200™ are HFCs (HFC-227ea). Novec 1230 fluid has a global warming potential (GWP) of less than one while HFCs typically have a GWP of more than 3000. Novec 1230 fluid has the highest margin of safety for human occupancy among clean agents, including inert gas.

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Clean agent fire suppression designed for the future

  • When you specify a fire protection system, your choices can determine whether a person, valuable asset or even an entire business survives a fire. When that system uses Novec 1230 fluid, you may confidently offer your client a solution that:

    • Extinguishes a fire in seconds, before it even starts and long before water-based systems or inert systems discharge.

    • Helps protect valuable assets including electronics, irreplaceable paper documents, artefacts and archives. Because Novec 1230 fluid is a waterless fire suppression solution, it leaves no residue and is electrically non-conductive.

    • Provides the highest margin of safety for human occupancy of any clean agent solution.

    • Is not subject to the HFC phasedown under the F-Gas Regulation in Europe or any global regulatory body, including the Montreal Protocol.

    • Comes with a global environmental warranty — the 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty, designed to provide additional peace of mind.

    • Is stored as a liquid and discharged as a gas, taking up approximately 80% less floor space compared to inert gas systems.

    • Is appropriate for Class A, B and C fire hazards.
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    How does Novec 1230 fluid work?

    Novec 1230 fluid extinguishes a fire before it starts by rapidly removing heat. In a typical total flooding system, the fluid is stored as a liquid in cylinders pressurised with nitrogen. Automatic detection sensors trigger release when the fire is at the incipient stage, extinguishing it in mere seconds.

    Novec 1230 fluid evaporates 50 times faster than water. In fact, you could soak a paperback book in a bath of Novec 1230 fluid and within a minute, pick it up and read where you left off.

    In this video you’ll see a controlled test of a fire in a simulated data centre. Watch to compare the performance of Novec 1230 fluid to a water sprinkler system.

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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    Make a mindful choice to help protect the planet — and protect your organisation 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.

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    Extinguishes Fires. Fast

    Novec 1230 fluid helps extinguish fires quickly and safely, by absorbing heat from the fire and interrupting the chain reaction. Since fires are extinguished quickly, damage to assets is significantly reduced. And business can carry on as normal.

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    Safe for people

    Fire extinguishing agents: margin of safety

    Novec 1230 fluid offers the highest margin of safety among clean extinguishing agents. Giving you effective fire suppression and protecting what matters the most.

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    Saves space

    As Novec 1230 fluid is stored as a liquid, it requires less space compared to inert gases and CO2 which are stored as gas. In confined spaces, cylinders can be stored in the protected area, removing need for separate storage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Novec 1230 at a glance — get answers to typical questions and see why specifiers call it a clean agent with no known equal.

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Novec 1230 fluid offers unparalleled value. Whether you’re looking to:

  • Replace a halon fire protection system
  • Find an environmentally sustainable and cost comparable alternative to FM-200™ or other HFCs
  • Select a clean agent with a high margin of safety for occupied spaces

See at a glance how it stacks up against other common fire suppression systems in terms of performance, safety, sustainability and design flexibility.

Or compare in-depth against HFCs, inert gases, water and CO₂​.

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Each specification for a fire suppression system using Novec 1230 fluid reflects the unique circumstances of the application as well as each client’s special considerations, such as sustainability, occupant safety or protecting delicate assets such as hard drives.

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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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