Concerns about global warming are strong motivation to adopt new, lower global warming potential (GWP) halogen refrigerants that break down quickly in the atmosphere. This reactivity can present new hazards if these mildly-flammable refrigerants leak into residences where ignition sources are present. In fact, these hazards are the main impediment to adopting these refrigerants. Several FPE studies are examining these unusual hazards.

For additional information, contact FPE Professors Peter Sunderland and Stanislov Stoliarov.