On February 16, 2016, Asahi Glass Corporation (AGC) announced that it has successfully developed AMOLEA yd, a new refrigerant called HCFO-1224yd. AMOLEA yd has low global warming potential (GWP) and is designed for use in centrifugal chillers, binary cycle generators, and waste heat recovery heat pumps. It has superior energy-saving performance as observed compared to existing products in the market. AMOLEA is a next-generation solvent and refrigerant brand developed by AGC under the concept of ‘dramatically reducing GWP with superior performance.’ AGC aims for the commercial production of AMOLEA yd by the end of 2017.
AMOLEA yd is a non-flammable refrigerant that consists of HCFO- 1224yd (Z). With a particular focus on this HCFO-based chemical substance, AGC had worked on physical-property assessment and production technology development as a part of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)’s subsidized project, and successfully developed a ‘new’ refrigerant that will replace conventional refrigerants in the market.