Engineers, chemists, facility managers, Health & Safety managers: all of our customers face a common challenge in delivering high performance while protecting people, property and the planet. Through safe, sustainable chemistry, 3M provides products that make a real difference in people’s lives today and in the future. We define sustainable chemistry as optimising high performance solutions while minimising environmental, health and safety impact, particularly compared with legacy chemistries such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), n-propyl bromide (nPB) and trichloroethylene (TCE).
We use science to find solutions that have a positive impact from every perspective — exceptional performance, human safety and environmental sustainability. 3M Novec products apply this commitment to many applications including fire suppression, solvent cleaning, heat transfer, immersion cooling, carrier solvents, electronic coating and more.
In all of us, there is a desire to do our best — to do our part to advance the things we care about. People. Our work. The planet. We’re constantly seeking the answers to how to do it all better, safer, more responsibly. Science that’s intentional, that’s created with these same values in mind, does more than just help us get the job done. It helps us fulfill our purpose. Protect what matters. All of it.
Every 3M Novec product bears the hallmarks of thoughtful science: precise characteristics, consistent quality and optimised performance developed to meet the needs of your application. Our scientists excel at understanding the needs of our customers and finding innovative ways to help improve their business and realise their vision. Turn to 3M Novec's industry-leading experts to design a solution that will help:
There is no need to compromise human health and safety. In developing Novec products, our scientists honour our commitment to safety for people who use them. This in turn allows businesses to live up to their commitment to provide a safe, healthy work environment for their people. That’s why Novec products share key safety attributes including:
At 3M, we believe it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of our planet. That’s why we developed Novec fluids with the intent to replace non-sustainable chemistries. Novec fluids offer a favourable environmental profile, which makes compliance with environmental regulations easier for our customers. 3M Novec fluids share these qualities:
3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid uses proprietary technology to extinguish a fire by removing heat — safely, cleanly and without damaging valuable assets or harming the environment. That means no water damage to sensitive electronics or precious artefacts and no long-term damage to the environment. With the largest margin of safety relative to other clean extinguishing agents, Novec 1230 fluid can be safely used in occupied spaces.
Novec 1230 fluid is designed to:
With a wide range of boiling points, low viscosity and high dielectric strength, 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are suitable for cleaning, heat transfer and other applications.
3M™ Novec™ Aerosol Cleaners are 95% active solvent, with excellent cleaning performance. They are non-corrosive and non-conductive, penetrating deep into tight spaces. They are also fast drying, leaving no residue.
3M™ Novec™ Electronic Grade Coatings are easy to apply, often don't require masking and can be handled within seconds.
3M™ Novec™ Insulating Gases are being used in cutting-edge gas-insulated lines and gas-insulated power equipment, helping electrical power industry leaders meet their goals for a sustainable future.
In industrial applications like heat transfer, lubricant/coating deposition, and precision cleaning, workers are typically exposed to solvent vapour during their shifts, which is why determining acceptable exposure limits is a critical factor in selecting process solvents. Based on extensive toxicity testing, the eight-hour worker guidelines for 3M Novec Engineered Fluids have a wider safety margin than other solvents, such as n-propyl bromide (nPB), trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PERC), making them an excellent alternative.
Novec Engineered Fluids are:
3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is safe for use in occupied spaces, which are the places you want to protect most. In fact, it provides the widest margin of safety relative to other clean agents and CO2. These features are especially important if you are looking for a safer alternative to FM-200™ or FE-25®, both HFC-based fire suppressants targeted for phasedown.
3M Novec Aerosol Cleaners offer a wide margin of safety for maintenance and repair workers in a range of industries. Their non-flammability makes them easier and safer to work with, as well as being safer to store, easier to ship and allowing more efficient processes by eliminating safety steps needed for flammable cleaners. They also contain no n-propyl bromide (nPB) or other hazardous chemicals like trichloroethylene (TCE) or methylene chloride.
Data centres are critical to every facet of our lives — from business and commerce to communications and entertainment. But large data centres consume enormous amounts of electricity, much of it for cooling. Immersion cooling using Novec electronic fluids allows for simple thermal design and has the potential to lower data centre electricity costs related to cooling by up to 97%.
Compared with other clean agent fire suppressants, 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid excels at addressing the global demand for a sustainable clean agent. It features a global warming potential of less than 1, is non-ozone depleting and has a short atmospheric lifetime of five days, compared with 65 years for halons. And unlike HFCs, it is not targeted by a global phasedown.
For years, the electrical power industry has sought an alternative to SF6 for gas-insulated applications. While effective at preventing arcing, SF6 is an extremely potent greenhouse gas. With the development of Novec Insulating Gases, industry leaders and equipment manufacturers have worked with 3M to develop new SF6-free gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), gas-insulated lines (GIL) and circuit breaker technology that has similar size, performance and features compared with traditional SF6 equipment. Greenhouse gas impact reductions of up to 99.99% are attainable when Novec Insulating Gases are used, as compared with SF6.