FM200, also known as HFC-227ea, is a clean and effective fire suppression agent that was widely used in data centers and other critical infrastructure. However, the recent push towards sustainability and environmental protection has led to restrictions on its use, as FM200 has a high global warming potential. Despite these restrictions, FM200 is still present in many older data centers, and its safe removal and disposal are crucial for both the safety of the environment and those handling it. USA Decom has both the knowledge and experience to be your first choice for decommissioning FM200 systems safely and efficiently.
The history of FM200 dates to the 1990s, when it was first introduced as a fire suppression agent. It quickly became a popular choice in data centers and other critical infrastructure due to its clean and effective fire suppression properties. FM200 works by rapidly suppressing fires by removing heat, effectively putting out the fire, and preventing its spread.
However, the environmental impact of FM200 soon became a concern. It was found to be a potent greenhouse gas and contributed to global warming, leading to restrictions on its use. Despite these restrictions, FM200 is still present in many older data centers, and its safe removal and disposal are crucial for both the safety of the environment and those handling it.
Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, were created with the intention of replacing ozone-depleting substances in various industries, including refrigeration, air conditioning, aerosols, fire suppression, and foam blowing. Despite being developed as a solution, HFCs have high global warming potentials and can contribute to climate change to a much greater extent than carbon dioxide. The increasing use of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment around the world has led to a rise in HFC usage.
The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act was passed by Congress on December 27, 2020. This act requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take steps toward reducing HFC production and consumption, recovering HFCs from equipment, and promoting the transition to more sustainable technologies through sector-based restrictions. This website (https://www.epa.gov/climate-hfcs-reduction) provides information on the topic of HFCs, the AIM Act, and regulations related to it.
When it’s time to update or decommission a data center, selling or recycling the FM200 stored in the fire suppression system is an important step. This is where USA Decom comes in – we buy your FM200 when you have a minimum of 1000 lbs. Our team is different from other companies that buy FM200 because we come to your site to remove it. We work with the local fire suppression company to decommission the system and remove all the FM200 safely and efficiently.
At USA Decom, we understand the importance of protecting the environment and the safety of those handling FM200. That’s why we offer the best option for selling or recycling your FM200. Our team of experts will come to your site, disconnect the fire suppression tanks, and remove all the piping and heads. We’ll even work with the local fire company to put in sprinklers or a dry system after the FM200 gas removal. This ensures a safe and seamless transition from an FM200-based fire suppression system to a more environmentally friendly alternative.
In conclusion, FM200 is just now being phased out and is still present in many older data centers. Its safe removal and disposal are crucial for both the safety of the environment and those handling it. USA Decom is the best choice when it comes to selling or recycling your FM200. Our team of experts will come to your site, remove the FM200 safely and efficiently, and work with the local fire company to put in a new fire suppression system. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you decommission your data center and protect the environment.