Chemours to Supply Low GWP Refrigerant to Three Skating Rinks in Beijing
BEIJING, May 18, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Chemours Company has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Beijing National Swimming Center, the Beijing National Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Sports Center for the use of Opteon ™ lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants at all three sites. The MoU signing ceremony attended Ms. Gui Lin, Head of the General Planning Division, Venue Planning and Construction Department of the Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games , Mr. Yang Qiyong, General Manager of the Beijing National Swimming Center, Mr. Wang Yue, General Manager of Beijing National Indoor Stadium, Mr. Ma Xin, Vice President of Wukesong Sports Center, Mr. Alec Yan, Asia Pacific Senior Commercial Director of The Chemours Company. This agreement supports the adoption of more sustainable solutions for ice rinks to help reduce the overall carbon footprint.
Chemours is a leader in the refrigeration industry with over 85 years of experience in innovative thermal solutions. Chemours Opteon ™ refrigerants provide low GWP, non-ozone depleting, high performance solutions. Since 2018, Chemours has supported the sports community with sustainable refrigeration solutions through their Partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL®).
Beijing National Aquatics Center, Beijing National Indoor Stadium and Wukesong Sports Center were the main venues for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and will host ice hockey and ice curling matches during the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. To support the mission of being “green, open, inclusive and clean ”and to adopt more sustainable solutions, places in consultation with equipment manufacturers, design engineers and service providers have been selected Opteon ™ XP40 (R-449A) refrigerant to provide reliable performance at the demanding low temperatures required for the operation of their facilities. Opteon ™ XP40 offers an approximately 65% reduction in global warming potential (GWP) over previously used hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants, while allowing for an energy efficient system design.
“Three Ice Cube ice making units have been loaded with Opteon ™ XP40,” said Mr. Yang Qiyong, general manager of the Beijing National Swimming Center. “This project saves 4% of the load compared to other refrigerants and saves installation costs. In test games in 2019 and April 2021, the ice making units performed well and guaranteed excellent ice surface temperature.
“We applaud the sites’ efforts to adopt a refrigerant with a significantly lower GWP,” said Alisha Bellezza, president of thermal and specialty solutions at Chemours. “This shows that positive steps can be taken towards environmental sustainability, without sacrificing system performance or economic sustainability.”
After the overhaul and modernization, ice-making units and systems loaded with Opteon ™ XP40 were installed in the Beijing National Aquatics Center and the Beijing Indoor National Stadium. Wukesong Sports Center, which was fitted with refrigeration pipes when it was built in 2006, has changed its old ice-making units. The new units have also adopted Opteon ™ XP40 which provides more energy efficiency and lower environmental impact.
In a series of test games that took place, the ice surface of the three venues was well received by the participating athletes, which successfully kept the games running and effectively reduced the environmental impact.
Watch the latest video to learn more about the three ice sites and Opteon ™ refrigerants.
About The Chemours CompanyThe Chemours Company (Chemours or the Company) (NYSE: CC) is a global leader in titanium technologies, thermal and specialty solutions, advanced performance materials and chemical solutions providing customers with solutions in a wide range of industries with products that define the market. , application expertise and chemistry-based innovations. We provide customized solutions with a wide range of industrial and specialty chemicals for markets including coatings, plastics, refrigeration and air conditioning, transportation, semiconductors and consumer electronics, industrial general, mining and oil and gas. Our flagship products include leading brands such as Ti-Pure ™, Opteon ™, Freon ™, Nafion ™, Krytox ™, Teflon ™ and Viton ™. In 2019, Chemours was named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies. The company has approximately 6,500 employees and 30 manufacturing sites serving approximately 3,300 customers in approximately 120 countries. Chemours is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol CC.
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