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Fire suppression

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  • A ceiling sprinkler spraying 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid.

    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid helps extinguish a fire before it spreads by rapidly removing heat

    In a typical total flooding system, the fluid is stored as a liquid in cylinders pressurized with nitrogen. Automatic detection sensors trigger release when the fire is at the incipient stage, extinguishing it in mere seconds.

    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid evaporates 50 times faster than water.* In fact, you could soak a paperback book in a bath of Novec 1230 fluid and within a minute, pick it up and start reading where you left off.

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How 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid works to extinguish a fire

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    Discharged as a gas

    Penetrates tight enclosures and obstructions, providing fast, effective extinguishment often before a fire reaches the flame stage.

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    Fire suppression without water

    Leaves no residue, and has no effect on energized electronics or mechanical components.

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    Electrically non-conductive

    Systems can remain operational even during an emergency.

  • A circuit board with drops of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid on it.

    Help protect irreplaceable paper documents and electronics

    Because 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid is a waterless fire suppression solution, it leaves no residue and is electrically non-conductive. Other benefits include

    • Extinguishing a fire in seconds and long before water-based systems discharge
    • The highest margin of safety for human occupancy of any clean agent solution
    • Exempt from the Halon 1301 phaseout or HFC phasedown under any global regulatory body, including the Montreal Protocol
    • A global environmental warranty — the 3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty (US, English only), designed to provide additional peace of mind
    • Appropriate for Class A, B and C fire hazards


Ideal fire suppression for challenging industries

  • Aviation
  • Data centres
    Data centres
  • Industrial
  • Marine
  • Medical centres
    Medical centres
  • Museum, art and archives
    Museum, art and archives
  • Oil and gas
    Oil and gas
  • Power generation and transmission
    Power generation and transmission
  • Transit

Specify your system from the inside out

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    3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid Specification



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    3M™ Blue Sky℠ Warranty


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    Industrial fire protection systems


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3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fluid is non-flammable and low in toxicity. It also has low global warming potential (GWP) and zero ozone depletion potential (ODP).