3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is a highly-effective clean agent fire suppressant, designed to control and extinguish a fire in its incipient stage before it has a chance to spread. It is applied as a gas, but is liquid at room temperature, and can be effectively used in streaming, flooding systems, or for use in inerting and explosion suppression applications.
Novec 1230 fluid has a very low heat of vaporization, approximately 25 times less than that of water. This, along with a higher vapor pressure, causes Novec 1230 fluid to evaporate more than 50 times faster than water. It also allows the agent to transition from a liquid to a gaseous state very rapidly when discharged through a nozzle, and to readily achieve vapor extinguishing concentrations in air.