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Comments on Sapphire (Novec 1230): Liquid That's Not Wet
Sapphire, a revolutionary liquid fire retardant chemical, has one big advantage over water for putting out fires - nothing gets wet! (Read the complete story)

"Don't foget...The agent isn't applied through a hose and the fact that the agent is non-conductive has nothing to do with its fire protection ability. The demonstrations seen on Good Morning America is a little disturbing in that its a gimic. Hopfully viewers won't thing that just because of what they saw they've made up their mind that that's the agent of choice of extinguishing fires in high value computer installations. Engineers evaluating the quality of fire protection agents don't use this demo to compare other agents."
(Dan Marr 4/25/2004 6:31:22 AM)
"There are some other unique properties about this halon alterntive manufactured by 3M. Of particular importance is the great environmental properties. Second, because it is a liquid at room temperature, Novec 1230 can be discharged with a pump instead of high pressure cylinders like's it's current market counterparts. You can learn more about clean agent pumps by visiting the website of the first company to commercially announce this 'patent pending' technology ("A small nitpick: ice-nine isn't a liquid, but a solid. If you'd read "Cat's Cradle" you would realize that ice-nine is a solid at room temperature, and is in fact dropped into the ocean as a solid, suddenly causing all the water on the earth to crystallize and remain solid at room temperature."
(Holger Schneider 8/20/2004 7:24:59 AM)
"Holger- In rereading my last sentence, I see that this could be confusing. I think I was trying to say that ice-nine is a form of water (H2O) that is completely dry - as the quote from the book in my ice-nine entry illustrates. I'll fix it. I have, of course, read Cat's Cradle more than once."
(Bill Christensen 8/20/2004 4:26:24 PM)
"I't funny how cutsi marketing names dazzle the masses,ooh.. sapphire this and sapphire that and then they stun the stunned public with dipping computers and tv's in it like it's some magical feat from god. .There are many chemicals that look like water but have different physical effects on materials, Granted many of them are clorinated floridated carbons, but I would certainly would not want to be in a building where this stuff is discharged displacing breathable air. Never mind the mind numbing cost of 40.00/FT do the math a 10X10 area for 4000 bucks for a pressurized tank and a few lengths of pipe talk about added value in a criminal sense...thieves"
(John 2/10/2005 9:10:04 AM)
"Sapphire isn't the name of the product... it's Novec. Sapphire is just Tyco/Ansul's marrketing name for this fire protection agent. Other companies like Chemetron and Kidde just call their version Novec."
(Jeff 7/6/2005 5:01:17 PM)
"is this water avaible for the people and the market? or is it science fiction?
(This is a real product, and it is commercially available.
Bill, Chief Technovelgist)
(bond 3/28/2006 1:13:25 PM)
"hiu every body i need more information about novac 1234 please writeme my email is thank every body that can help me. bye"
(maury sanchez 8/28/2006 8:15:08 PM)

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