Energy Efficiency Advancements in the Appliance Industry to be Featured at Polyurethanes Conference

News Release
For Immediate Release
June 19, 2012
Contact Marie Francis, 202-249-6514


Energy Efficiency Advancements in the Appliance Industry To Be Featured at Polyurethanes Conference

Discussion Focuses on Industry Efforts to Decrease Environmental Impacts 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2012) – This year’s Polyurethanes Technical Conference showcases the industry’s latest advancements in energy efficiency and efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of the appliance sector. Hosted by the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council, the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will take place Sept. 24 to 26 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.

“The polyurethanes industry is constantly innovating, creating new products and technologies that improve energy efficiency, particularly in the appliance sector,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “Conference attendees can look forward to hearing about the latest research and technologies that will have a positive impact on both end-use consumers and the environment.”

Featuring more than 55 technical presentations, the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference will provide both appliance and polyurethane industry leaders and professionals with an opportunity to hear about the latest technical innovations and issues affecting the global polyurethanes industry. This year’s appliances/energy critical session features five papers that highlight recent advances in low global warming-potential (GWP) blowing agents.

  • Researchers from Honeywell will discuss Solstice LBA, their liquid, low GWP blowing agent, and its applications, as well as the resulting performance improvements in insulation.

  • Researchers from Arkema, Inc., BASF Corporation and Whirlpool Corporation will explore AFA-L1, a low GWP blowing agent for the appliance industry, and its performance in residential refrigerators.

  • A scientist from Foam Supplies Inc. will lead a discussion on the latest blowing agent blends used in refrigeration, including recent reseasrch into the use of hydrofluoroolefins.

  • Scientists from The Dow Chemical Company and Dow Italia S.r.l. will examine Formacel Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} ® 1100, a liquid hydrofluoroolefin with ultra-low GWP, as a drop-in solution replacing both hydrofluorocarbons and hydrocarbons in rigid polyurethane insulating foams in domestic applicances.

  • A researcher from Bayer MaterialScience LLC will discuss the effects of processing variables on a polyurethane foam system blown with cyclopentane, which has a low GWP.

In addition to the technical sessions, the conference will showcase advancements in the industry through the annual Polyurethane Innovation Award, which is presented during the conference’s closing session. Innovation Award entries are due to CPI by June 29. See the new Program Overview for more details about the technical sessions, Professional Development Program courses, speakers and other events surrounding the Polyurethanes Technical Conference.

Registration for the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference is now open. Several sponsorship opportunities, including table top exhibition space, are still available. In addition, poster submissions will be accepted through Aug. 22. For more information on the conference or to register, visit the CPI website.

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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $720 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council promotes the sustainable growth of the polyurethanes industry. Our members are U.S. producers or distributors of chemicals and equipment used to make polyurethane or manufacturers of polyurethane products.

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