Novec™ 1230 Engineered Fire Suppression System is the new generation in gaseous fire suppression technology. Designed to protect human life and high value assets from fire, it meets the marine industry’s concerns for safety, performance and the environment.
Novec 1230 fluid is a fluorinated ketone that is stored as a liquid and discharged as a gas. It distributes uniformly throughout the hazard zone, and suppresses fire by a combination of heat absorption and chemical interference with the flame.
With a zero ozone depletion potential (ODP), a global warming potential (GWP) of just one, and an atmospheric lifetime (ALT) of only 5 days, Novec 1230 fluid has no measurable impact on climate change. At the end of the lifetime of the system, the fluid can be readily recovered and recycled.
Novec 1230 fluid discharges as a colourless, electrically non-conductive and noncorrosive gas that does not damage sensitive equipment. There is no post-discharge residue, no costly clean-up operations are required, and down-time is kept to a minimum.
By using its tried and trusted range of 25 bar equipment, we can offer a cost-effective Novec 1230 fire suppression system.
Small and large-scale tests have proven that Novec 1230 fluid puts fires out quickly, before they can do any serious damage. It does this by reaching extinguishing concentrations in ten seconds or less. It is effective on a wide range of Class A, B and electrical fires.
The US EPA Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP) classifies Novec 1230 fluid as acceptable for use as a total flooding agent in occupied spaces. A low design concentration of 4 to 6% in combination with a high No Observable Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) of 10% means it provides a safety margin of up to 100%. This is by far the largest safety margin of any clean agent currently available. In addition, there is no risk of human asphyxiation with Novec 1230 fluid since it does not act by oxygen depletion in the hazard zone.
The Autronica Engineered Fire Suppression System comprises Novec 1230 fluid stored in cylinders connected to distribution pipework and specially designed discharge nozzles.
Novec 1230 fluid is stored as a liquid in nitrogen-pressurised steel cylinders. This ensures minimal storage space and weight requirements compared to all other viable gaseous agents. It also enables refills to be transported in unpressurised cylinders without the restrictions on gaseous alternatives.
The range of cylinders, valves and related components has been specially selected for use with Novec 1230 fluid and has been subjected to stringent testing procedures. Flexibility, quality and reliability make the Novec 1230 range the world’s finest in fire safety.
Engineered systems are designed using FM Global and UL verified software and guidelines, and offer optimum designs for the defined risks with reduced pipe sizes, unbalanced flows and common room and void protection possible.
Novec 1230 systems are ideally suited to the protection of machinery spaces, cargo pump rooms, control and switchboard rooms in a wide range of vessel types.