HFO-1234yf is a new refrigerant for automobiles with a global-warming potential (GWP) of less than 1. This GWP is 99.9% lower than that of HFC-134a, the current refrigerant in use, and even lower than that of carbon dioxide.
Major refrigerant manufacturers are increasing their production globally with increased demand for HFO- 1234yf.
Honeywell to Invest in U.S.
Honeywell announced on December 10, 2013, that investments of approximately US$ 300 million will be made by the company and key suppliers to increase production capacity for HFO-1234yf.
Among these investments, Honeywell will construct a high-volume manufacturing plant using new process technology at the company’s existing Geismar, Louisiana, refrigerants manufacturing site, which is expected to be fully operational in 2016. The exact size of the plant will depend on supply agreements that Honeywell is putting in place with major customers.