Foam Supplies Inc. said its new blowing agent for polyurethane has received exempt status for volatile organic compounds from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Ecomate is Foam Supplies' trade name for methyl formate, which the Earth City, Mo., firm touts as a replacement for hydrochlorofluorocarbon 141b. The VOC-exempt status implies Ecomate does not contribute to lower-atmosphere ozone production, as occurs with nitrogen oxides and other VOCs.
Foam Supplies said Ecomate qualifies for the EPA's Significant New Alternatives Program for PU blowing agents. Ecomate has thermal efficiency equal to or better than HCFC-22 and HFC-134a and requires only minor equipment changes, according to the company.
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