Tyco Fire & Security has introduced the Ansul Sapphire Fire Suppression System, which utilises a new sustainable chemical agent that fights fires without causing any damage to electronics, works of art or other critical assets.
The Sapphire Suppression System uses 3M NOVEC 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, which is said to look exactly like water but does not cause the type of damage associated with water when putting out a fire.
The Sapphire Suppression System chemically interferes with the fire combustion process, bringing it to a halt. It also works faster than a water sprinkler system, which is designed to work when it detects an actual flame. Sapphire Suppression Systems detect fire at invisible levels, identifying particles of combustion before they turn into damaging flames.
Sapphire Suppression Systems offer central storage and modular design solutions that can work in tandem with existing building fire alarm and suppression systems.
The agent is stored in pressurised containers as a liquid and vaporises when discharged. When applied in a modular design, storage containers take up less space than other fire suppression systems, giving users more options for storage and placement. By integrating the Sapphire Suppression System into a current building fire alarm/suppression scheme, users can select key rooms or spaces to protect, making it a cost-effective solution.
Other benefits of the Sapphire System are said to include an atmospheric lifetime of only five days, against 33 years for the closest chemical alternative, as well as zero ozone depletion. In addition, the Sapphire Suppression System offers the greatest safety margin over other non-sustainable halocarbon alternatives.