3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

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.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid is known as a fluorinated ketone and is manufactured by 3M.

Novec1230 fluid has low toxicity and has a boiling point of 49 degrees C and therefore exists as a liquid at room temperature.

Like halon 1301 it is super-pressurised with nitrogen to 25 bar.

Like most other chemical agents, it rapidly extinguishes through a combination of heat absorption (its main action) and some chemical interference with the flame.

Environmental Features
Novec1230 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.

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.


Zero ozone depleting potential
Negligible global warming potential
Atmospheric lifetime of less than 5 days
Safe for use in occupied areas
Existing halon control system can be adapted for use with 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid
Requires minimal storage space
Provisional S.N.A.P. listing by US E.P.A.
UL/FM testing underway
Submitted for inclusion in ISO and CEN design standards

Replacing Halon with 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid
3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid is available to protect most hazards traditionally protected with halon 1301. The physical properties of each halon alternative determine how much agent is required to provide an equivalent level of protection.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid will require approximately twice as much agent by weight as the equivalent halon system, although end use design concentrations will be similar, resulting in minimal increases in storage space for the containers.

It is likely that any existing pipework would need to be replaced or at least supplemented, although the exact requirement for any particular system can only be determined after a detailed review of the existing installation.

Room Integrity Testing
Room Integrity Testing has become an important feature of the commissioning of gaseous fire fighting systems. The integrity test is performed to check that enclosures can maintain a sufficient extinguishing agent concentration for the required time following discharge.
This time may vary according to the hazard and the available response time for the emergency services although 10 minutes is often considered to be an acceptable period.
Room integrity testing is now a requirement of ISO 14520 and NFPA 2001 at the commissioning stage and may form part of an on-going maintenance schedules.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Suppression System

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.

Federal Government regulations for Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (ODS and SGG), places usage restrictions on chemicals that are defined as controlled substances due to their potential to harm the atmospheric environment. As an environmentally safe inert carbon-based chemical, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 is exempt from this legislation.

Protect your sensitive business data and equipment with 3M™ Novec™ 1230.


Looks like water but does not cause the damage normally associated with water
Has been developed specifically to protect critical business assets, such as sensitive equipment
Is safe for property, people, and to the environment
Has no harmful impact on the environment. It has an atmospheric lifetime of only 5 days while the closest chemical alternative has an atmospheric life time of 33–36 years.
Sapphire fire detection system is able to detect fire at its earliest incipient phase, even before the flames start. This together with extinguishment in seconds means fire damage is minimal and business interruption is minimal

Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Systems is engineered to provide clean, fast, people-safe protection for applications requiring a “green” solution to fire suppression. The system includes detectors, a control unit, agent storage cylinders, piping and discharge nozzles. The system is computer calculated to provide system discharge within 10 seconds.

• Provides a high safety margin
with a 4.2% use concentration
and a 10% NOAEL level.
• Listed for protection against
Class A, Class B and
Class C fires.
• Is a fluid a atmospheric
pressure and can be gravity
fed for easy re-charge.
• Extinguishes fire through heat
absorption and not oxygen

Factory Mutual Approved
MEA (Pending)

Engineered systems employing 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid are typically installed in Data processing centers, IT rooms, telecom switching centers, museum and cultural heritage applications.


Novec for Data Processing & Control

Even a small fire in critical facilities such as data processing centers, airport control towers, clean rooms, laboratories and computer-controlled manufacturing operations can result in catastrophic loss by interrupting vital operations and damaging high-value equipment.

In these situations, it's important that fires be knocked down quickly - before they have a chance to spread - and that sensitive electronics and other equipment not be damaged in the process of putting out the fire.

3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a highly-efficient extinguishing agent that: 
Is electrically non-conductive 
Is non-corrosive 
Rapidly vaporizes to gas during discharge 
Leaves no residue 
Does not damage electronics, electronic media and delicate mechanical devices 
Can be safely used on energized equipment, helping to ensure continuity of operations during a fire emergency 

Safety Advantages:
Another major advantage of 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is its wide margin of safety in use - providing more flexibility in system design compared with other halon alternatives and ensures that occupants can safely egress the space since the NOAEL will not be exceeded.

Environmental Profile: 
Non ozone-depleting 
Five-day atmospheric lifetime 
Global Warming Potential of 1 
This environmental profile is unmatched by any other halogenated agent, and helps make 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid today's long-term solution for protecting high value assets.

Novec for Marine

Gielle with 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid work hand-in-hand with state-of-the-art controls and detection components to detect and extinguish fires long before substantial fire damage can occur. Gielle safeguard lives, assets, and reputations. Our ability to engineer solutions that meet challenging business and industry applications is evident in the variety of market sectors that we serve worldwide.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an environmentally acceptable, people compatible, clean agent for vital facilities with a wide range of hazards. 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid suppresses the fire by removing the heat energy and interrupting the combustion process. With extinguishment capabilities of 10 seconds or less, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid has the capability to extinguish fires fast and effectively – before any damage is done to your valued assets.

The safety of your personnel is our top priority. Every system we design, install, and maintain is supported by our worldwide network of trained personnel and distributors to ensure safe operation to protect your personnel as well as the property. Contact us today to see how we can help you protect what matters most!

3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid offers a number of important advantages over other clean agents and CO2 in marine applications.

Its low acute toxicity, combined with high extinguishing efficiency, give 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid a significant margin of safety, even at relatively high extinguishing concentrations, making 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid ideal for occupied spaces including: 
Engine and pump rooms 
Paint lockers 
Communication and control centers 
Saves space and weight 
Fast extinguishment 
Allows flexibility in design 
No restriction of shipping 

Novec for Industry Oil & Gas

3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid — Sustainable Technology for Fire Protection: 
Zero Ozone Depletion Potential 
Global Warming Potential of 1 
Not restricted by the Kyoto Protocol 
High safety margin vs. other extinguishing agents 
Fast extinguishment 
Saves space and weight 
No restrictions on shipping by air, sea or truck 
Local refill possible 

Typical Applications:
In addition to a favorable safety and environmental profiles, 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a highly effective fire extinguishant, designed to knock down fires quickly, before they have a chance to disrupt production or spread to Class B hazards. Typical applications include: 
Engine room 
Generator rooms 
Communications centers 
Process control rooms 
Paint lockers 
Pilot houses 
Pump rooms 
Diving systems rooms 

Simplified Storage and Handling:
Because it is a liquid at room temperature, and stored at low vapor pressure, agent handling and charging of systems using 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid are greatly simplified, and can be accomplished without removing the cylinders offsite. This can be an especially important consideration for servicing offshore facilities - saving time and ensuring uninterrupted protection of assets. The liquid state of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid also allows for efficient use of space, requiring about the same number of cylinders as conventional halocarbon agents. The product can be shipped safely by air in bulk quantities, without regulations or restrictions. 

Novec for Archives & Museums

And now Gielle is proud to announce the introduction of the next generation in Clean Agent fire suppression systems utilizing 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid - an agent that volatizes readily to provide rapid fire suppression for occupied spaces, while achieving an excellent environmental profile:
• Very low Global Warming Potential (GWP) of just one
• Atmospheric lifetime of about 5 days
• Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) of zero
The addition of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid and Argonite inert gas suppression systems enables Gielle to provide you with a full array of sustainable fire suppression systems for all your needs today and into the future.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid offers a number of unique advantages for protecting records stored on various electronic media; paper documents; archival film and video; fine arts, antiques and other valuable - and often irreplaceable — items which are vulnerable to conventional water, foam and dry chemical extinguishing agents.

3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is ideal for the protection of valuable archives and museum articles: 
Evaporates cleanly and completely during discharge 
Leaves no residue to clean up 
Electrically non-conductive 
Non-corrosive, since it has no solvency 
Non-reactive with paper, canvas or other such materials, nor is it reactive with that which is printed, drawn, painted or written on such materials 

Novec for Telecommunications

The Gielle Systems are automatic suppression systems using 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid and consisting of four basic components and their associated accessories.

System Components
Completer Kits
Detection and Alarm Devices
Control Panels

The system components consist of agent containers, container supports (racks), and discharge nozzles.

The completer kits consist of warning signs, hoses, connection fittings, pressure gauges or solenoid valves, and the actuator required to operate the cylinder valve.

The detection, alarm devices and accessories provide fire detection, audible and visual pre-alarm warnings and annunciation of the 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid discharge.

The control panel monitors the detection, actuates the alarms, initiates the agent discharge and controls auxiliary functions such as shut down of vital equipment and ventilation dampers.

The system and its components are agency tested for total flooding applications and should be used in accordance with the guidelines contained in National Fire Protection Association 2001. A total flooding application can be defined as injecting 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid into an enclosure or volume having the structural integrity to retain the agent during and after discharge. The design of such a system requires that the 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid be discharged from its container in between a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 seconds and be thoroughly mixed throughout the protected volume, reaching a minimum concentration level of 4.2%, but not exceeding 10% in normally occupied spaces.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a highly efficient fire extinguishant designed especially for "special hazards." These are defined as spaces — such as telecommunication switch rooms, computer and electronic control rooms — where maintaining continuous operation of high-value equipment is critical.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is based on a proprietary chemistry from 3M called C6-fluoroketone; it is also known as dodecafluoro 2-methylpentane-3-one; its ASHRAE nomenclature is FK 5-1-12 — the way it is designated in NFPA 2001 and ISO 14670 clean agent standards. 

3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a high molecular weight material, compared with the first generation halocarbon clean agents. The product has a heat of vaporization of 88.1 kJ/kga and low vapor pressure. Although it is a liquid at room temperature it gasifies immediately after being discharged in a total flooding system.


There's a distinct advantage in handling a liquid agent-one that isn't pressurized and doesn't have a high vapor pressure at room temperature. 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid has a boiling point of 49°C (121° F). It can be shipped safely and effectively, without any restrictions, by air at a moment's notice in bulk quantities. In the shop, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid is easier to use than pressurized gas. Simply transfer the fluid from the container to the system cylinder, using a simplified closed loop process to avoid contamination. Then, superpressurize the cylinder with nitrogen. 

The product is ideal for use in total flooding applications, localized flooding systems, directional spray type applications and may be used in portable extinguishers for specialized applications. But in addition to the conventional methods of super-pressurization using nitrogen, 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid also lends itself for use in pump applications because it is a liquid.

Materials Compatibility
3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid has been shown to be compatible with typical materials of construction used in fire suppression systems. The material is stable and essentially inert, meaning it does not react with system components. It's also non-corrosive in its neat form. Long-term testing has demonstrated excellent compatibility with various elastomers used in o-rings, gaskets and other types of seals. However, we recommend that the product not be used with fluoroelastomers, because they are similar in composition to 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid and have an affinity for each other, making them incompatible.

Tests have also shown that 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid does not react with typical metals used in fire protection systems, including stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, brass and copper. 


3Mâ„¢ Blue Sky(SM) Warranty

3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid doesn't just put out fires. With the new 3Mâ„¢ Blue SkySM Warranty, it also puts your mind at ease. If 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is banned from or restricted in use as a fire protection agent due to ODP, or GWP, 3M will refund the purchase price of the 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid. That's a promise and performance you can take to the bank.

The 3Mâ„¢ Blue SkySM Warranty for 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid:
If 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is banned from or restricted in use as a fire protection agent due to ODP, or GWP, 3M will refund the purchase price of the 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid. Warranty good for 20 years. Must register your system with 3M within 30 days of system commissioning and every five years. For complete terms and conditions or to register your system for the 3Mâ„¢ Blue SkySM Warranty, log onto www.3M.com/novec1230fluid. 


3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an advanced halon replacement alternative with an excellent environmental profile: 
Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1 - lowest GWP for any halocarbon alternative to halon 
Non Ozone-depleting 
Atmospheric lifetime of just 5-days - compared to years, decades and even centuries for other halocarbon alternatives 
Offers a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) 

A new standard for sustainable clean agent fire protection technology
All organic compounds that are emitted into the atmosphere have the ability to act as a greenhouse gas. Their effect in the atmosphere or potency as a greenhouse gas is determined by the amount of infrared (IR) radiation they absorb and how long they reside in the atmosphere (their atmospheric lifetime). These factors are combined in a calculation and expressed in a single parameter known as the Global Warming Potential (GWP). When released to the atmosphere, 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid absorbs infrared (IR) energy similarly to other fluorinated compounds.

Atmospheric Lifetime = 5 days
What sets 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid apart from these other fluorochemicals is its very short atmospheric lifetime. Most fluorochemicals reside in the atmosphere for years - often on the order of decades or centuries. In contrast, 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid degrades very rapidly in the lower atmosphere by reaction with sunlight (a process known as photolysis). This leads to a very short atmospheric life for 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid of just 5 days.

GWP = 1
The very short atmospheric lifetime of 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid leads to a very low Global Warming Potential (GWP). The GWP essentially determines how many kilograms of CO2 - the world's most common greenhouse gas - would be equivalent to the release of one kilogram of this compound. The GWP for 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid is 1. This means that is essentially the same as releasing the same amount of CO2.


Choosing a long-term solution

In recent years, concerns about environmental issues - especially those relating to climate change - have led to increasing regulatory scrutiny of compounds with high global warming potentials. These so-called "greenhouse gases" include several conventional halon replacements, such as HFCs.

Under the Kyoto Protocol and other international agreements, more and more industrialized nations have committed to reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to the atmosphere. Although the use of HFCs in fire protection is allowed today, there is growing concern about their future viability, as regulators look for industries and applications (such as fire protection) where alternatives exist to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, without harming economic growth.

For example, abatement of HFCs of materials in fire protection applications is one strategy that companies can employ to reduce their overall emissions of materials in the "basket" of six greenhouse gases identified by the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, many forward-thinking companies are beginning to consider the potential costs of monitoring and reporting their use of greenhouse gases; and the cost and disruption to replace an HFC-based system in the near future, should new restrictions on HFCs, now being debated in the EU and other parts of the world, come into force. Ultimately, a growing number of end-users are concluding that long-term economics – as well as good stewardship – favor the use of sustainable technologies, such as 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. 


Today's widest margin of safety

Because its use concentration is much lower than its No Observable Adverse Effects level (NOAEL), 3Mâ„¢ Novecâ„¢ 1230 Fire Protection 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.

1 Halocarbon values based on heptane extinguishing concentration - ISO 14670:2006, CO2 value - NFPA 12:2005
2 NOAEL for cardiac sensitization (halocarbons) and effects specific to CO2

3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid is very low in toxicity. The product has shown a very low potential for irritation to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. The acute and repeat dose toxicity of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 fluid are also very low. For more safety information please visit our product documentation center on this website.

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