3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid

Smart. Safe. Sustainable.

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is an environmentally sustainable agent that quickly extinguishes fires without damaging electronics or other valuable assets. With no residue left after a discharge, a system using 3M Novec 1230 fluid is the optimal solution for minimizing downtime and protecting people, processes and irreplaceable assets.

3M Novec 1230 fluid is a waterless fire suppressing agent that is discharged as a gas. This provides non-damaging three-dimensional fire suppressing capability, making it the ideal agent for extinguishing even concealed fires in spaces where electronics or irreplaceable, mission-critical assets are stored, or where continuity of operations is crucial. Plus, it has a high margin of occupant safety to protect people as well as equipment.

The Fike Impulse Valve Advantage

In addition to the benefits of using 3M Novec 1230 fluid as an extinguishing agent, this system also provides the added benefits of Fike’s patented Impulse Valve Technology, which are derived from a rupture disc-based valve:

  • Unimpeded agent flow out of the valve
  • Longer pipe runs
  • Smaller pipe diameter
  • Greater design flexibility
  • Greater reliability

The 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Advantage

  • Highest margin of occupant safety of any NFPA 2001 clean agent
  • Stored as a liquid, discharges as a gas, leaves no residue
  • Three dimensional protection that is adaptable to different spaces and configurations
  • Electrically non-conductive, ideal for applications with energized circuits and electronics
  • Packaged as a fluid in unpressurized containers, enabling air shipping for quick refills and on site replenishment with lower transportation costs
  • The lowest global warming potential of all chemical clean agents
  • Environmental profile supports sustainability and LEED initiatives
  • Offers the 20-year 3M™ Blue SkySM Warranty, providing system owners with peace of mind and protection against certain regulatory bans or restrictions based on the products environmental properties

Environmentally Sustainable

With a global warming potential less than one, Novec 1230 fluid has 99.9 percent lower global warming potential than any halocarbon agent accepted for use in occupied spaces. It is also backed by 3M’s 20-year Blue SkySM Warranty to protect system owners from certain regulatory bans or restrictions.

Novec 1230 fluid offers clean agent fire protection for the following applications:

Anechoic chambers Oil & gas
Data centers/Server rooms Paint rooms
Laboratories Power generation & power storage
Medical records storage Telecommunications
Museums & archives Transportation



The system is environmentally sustainable and fast-acting, reaching design concentration for total flooding applications in 10 seconds or less and extinguishing fires at the incipient stage.

3M Novec 1230 fluid is used globally in more than 50,000 special hazard fire suppression applications, ranging from data centers to military operations to archival storage facilities. It’s a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable Halon 1301 replacement and hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternative.

Physical Properties of 3M Novec™ 1230 fluid include:

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Benefits of 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid


  • Attains design concentration in 10 seconds, suppresses fire at incipient stage
  • Stops the combustion process by absorbing heat. As part of an advanced fire suppression system, it quickly extinguishes the fire.
  • Waterless agent, instantly evaporates−minimal cleanup
  • Designed to be highly effective on Class A, B and C combustibles
  • Ships in bulk as a liquid, not under pressure, with no air freight restrictions or DOT ratings
  • Discharged as a gas
  • Manufactured in the USA with globally sourced materials
  • Continuity of operation can be maintained during discharge, significantly reducing downtime costs
  • Cylinders can be placed inside or outside of protected rooms, easing space constraints


  • Highest margin of occupant safety of any NFPA 2001 clean agent
  • No timed lockout required
  • Electrically non-conductive: suitable for use with energized circuits or electronic systems that cannot be shut down in an emergency
  • No residue after discharge
  • Non-corrosive: safe for electronics, computers and disk drives
  • Not harmful to paper documents, museum exhibits or other irreplaceable assets


  • Novec 1230 fluid is a fluoroketone, not a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) or hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)
  • Environmentally sustainable with <1 Global Warming Potential (GWP) and zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)
  • Halon replacement, not subject to the Halon 1301 phaseout
  • Comes with a 20-year 3M™ Blue SkySM Warranty against future regulatory restrictions
  • Approved under the U.S. EPA Sustainable New Alternatives Policy (SNAP)
  • Contributes to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification


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