3M™ Novec™ 1230 fire systems

The search for halon 1301 replacements has been on-going for over 10 years and each alternative brings with it a unique set of properties. We have brought to the market products that match the requirements of industry and our latest research allows us to introduce fire protection systems using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid , a new development with some advantages over current technologies. 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid allows us to complement our existing range of agents as the phase out of halons accelerates in many countries around the world.

Environmental Features

3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid contains neither bromine nor chlorine and has zero 0zone depleting potential.
The atmospheric lifetime of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid is estimated to be in the range of 3-5 days and with a global warming potential of 1, it is considered that the 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid has no measurable impact on climate change.

These attributes ensure that 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid represents a truly sustainable technology. When fire breaks out in server rooms, data centres, museums and other sensitive environments, sometimes the solution can be as damaging as the fire.

Gielle’s 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fire suppression system uses an inert carbon-based chemical that powerfully fights fire yet is safe for property, people, and to the environment. It looks like water but doesn’t cause the damage normally associated with water because it contains no moisture. The result is lower repair bills and less impact on business.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 has no harmful impact on the environment. It has an atmospheric lifetime of only five days while the closest chemical alternative has an atmospheric life time of 33–36 years.


  • Zero ozone depleting potential

  • Negligible global warming potential

  • Atmospheric lifetime of less than 5 days

  • Safe for use in occupied areas

  • Provisional S.N.A.P. listing by US E.P.A.

  • Requires minimal storage space


Acute toxicity testing has shown that 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid is safe at end use concentrations. The effective toxicity exposure limit is greater than 10% for both the acute inhalation exposure and cardiac sensitisation No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) and set against low design concentrations, it offers margins of safety (up to 100%).


Despite having a low boiling point, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid is able to be effectively vapourised over a wide range of hazard temperatures.
It is therefore available to protect most hazards traditionally protected with halon 1301 and will be particularly important in Marine applications and others where high margins of safety and long term sustainability are considered to be important features.


One of the advantages offered by 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid’s high boiling point is that it presents very low vapour pressures, enabling it to be transported in lightweight totes or drums as opposed to steel pressurised containers. This allows 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid to be readily air freighted and as both initial filling and recharging operations are possible by simply pouring the fluid into containers, prior to super-pressurising, the filling operation is far simpler than with traditional high pressure gases.

Novec™ is a trademark of 3M™


FM-200 fire systems

Design, supply, and installation of gaseous fire fighting systems based on FM-200.


3M™ Novec™ 1230 systems

Clean agent suppression systems using 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid, turnkey solutions.


International Halon Bank

Gielle is authorized halon banking for halon recovery and recycling activities.


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