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Dallas, Texas 75220
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Ansul SAPPHIRE Fire Suppression Systems

Novec 1230 - The New Standard for Halon Replacement

Ansul Sapphire Fire Suppression Systems
Novec 1230 (also known as "Dry Water") is an environmentally safe chemical compound which acts as a replacement for water in situations when handling with fire extin-guishing amongst expensive equipment.

Koetter Fire Protection is proud to offer the new standard for halon replacement. Novec 1230 fluid offers a long-term, sustainable technology that has the greatest margin of safety, the lowest GWP for halocarbon alternatives, and zero ozone depletion potential.

Ansul Sapphire fixed nozzle, fire suppression systems use 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fire protection fluid for total flooding applications. The agent has 0.0 ozone depletion potential, an atmospheric lifetime of just five days, and a global warming potential of 1.0. Every SAPPHIRE system is custom engineered for the specific application using the most effective, yet efficient arrangement of storage, actuation, distribution and discharge components.

Halon 1301 Replacement

Sapphire Novec 1230 fire protection fluid has been developed as a Halon 1301 replacement alternative to HFCs, HCFCs, and PFCs in special hazard, high value applications. It has unique qualities that end use safety and environmental sustainability.

Novec 1230 fluid is low in toxicity and environment impact. It is a liquid at room temperature, with a low vapor pressure, which allows for ease in handling, storage and shipping.

The SAPPHIRE™ fire suppression system contains a total flooding clean agent, which serves as an effective halon replacement. Complementing the company’s existing INERGEN® line of fire suppression systems, the SAPPHIRE system is based on NOVEC™ 1230 fluid by 3M, the first alternative chemical clean agent to provide a viable long-term solution for special hazards fire protection. NOVEC 1230 has zero ODP and an atmospheric lifetime of just five days, the lowest for halocarbon alternatives.

Stored as a liquid but expelled as a gas, NOVEC 1230 fluid is easy to handle, field rechargeable and requires about the same number of cylinders as halocarbon agents.

The SAPPHIRE system utilizes a revolutionary fire protection fluid, which looks exactly like water, but does not cause the type of damage associated with water when putting out a fire. This system provides the ideal solution for hospitals, museums, libraries, telecommunications centers and other facilities seeking to protect critical assets that could be damaged by ordinary fire suppression systems. The system is able to detect fire at invisible levels, identifying particles of combustion before they turn into damaging flames.

Special Hazard Fire Protection Fluid

Novec 1230 fluid's environmental profile, low toxicity characteristics and fire extinguishing performance make it a sustainable solution as a halon replacement alternative to HFCs.

Ansul Sapphire Fire Suppression Systems

Novec 1230 fluid can effectively be applied in streaming, flooding, inerting and explosion suppression applications in the following areas:

  • Data processing centers
  • Telecommunications
  • Commercial aviation
  • Military aviation
  • Military systems
  • Marine
  • Oil & Gas Exploration
  • Transportation
  • Recreational vehicles

Ansul Sapphire Fire Suppression Systems

What is Novec 1230?

3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an advanced halon replacement, designed to balance industry concerns for human safety, performance and the environment.

Novec 1230 is a long-term, sustainable technology.

With zero ozone depletion potential, extremely low global warming potential and short atmospheric lifetime, Novec 1230 fluid is the first halon replacement to offer a viable, long-term, sustainable technology for special hazards fire protection.

Novec 1230 has the widest margin of safety.

Because its use concentration is much lower than its No Observable Adverse Effects Level (NOAEL), Novec 1230 fluid offers the widest margin of safety of any viable halon replacement available on the market today. Note: Industry standards require egress from a protected enclosure prior to system discharge.

All major global regulatory requirements have been addressed. Novec 1230 fluid can be supplied to meet global demand.

One fire protection fluid. So many reasons to use it.

Novec 1230 fluid is a fluoroketone — a proprietary 3M technology that offers a number of important advantages over conventional halon replacements.

How does it work?

Extinguishing via its cooling effect, Novec 1230 fluid works as a gas, yet it is a liquid at room temperature. Because it is not stored or shipped from the factory in pressurized cylinders, Novec 1230 fluid is easy to handle and charge. Novec 1230 fluid systems allow for more efficient use of space, requiring about the same number of cylinders as conventional halocarbon agents.

Where is Novec 1230 fluid used?

  • Novec 1230 fluid is a highly efficient fire extinguishant that can be used for both streaming and flooding applications.
  • It is ideal for special hazards: spaces where the criticality of maintaining operation of high-value equipment is paramount.
  • Examples include: telecommunication switch rooms, computer and electronic control rooms, hazards aboard ships, critical military applications such as engine and crew bay, and flightline protection.

What sets Novec 1230 apart?

Novec 1230 fluid has zero ozone depletion potential and the lowest atmospheric lifetime for halocarbon alternatives:

  • 5 days. The closest alternative is 33 years.

  • It has a Global Warming Potential of 1, 99.9% lower than any halocarbon agent acceptable for use in occupied spaces.

  • Novec 1230 fluid has the greatest margin of safety for use in occupied spaces.

  • It makes good business sense to use Novec 1230 fluid because it is a sustainable, long-term technology.

  • Not only does Novec 1230 fluid meet today’s regulations but it meets those of the foreseeable future.

  • Novec 1230 fluid is supported by global sales, technical and customer service resources, with fully-staffed technical service laboratories in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia.


For more information about Ansul's Sapphire Fire Suppression Systems, contact your nearest Koetter Fire Protection office today!

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