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Cargill’s Dielectric Transformer Oil Made from Natural Esters Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award
Date:12/11/2013

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) December 11, 2013

Today in Washington, D.C. Cargill was awarded a 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its technological innovation in developing Envirotemp™ FR3™ transformer oil made from natural esters.

These prestigious awards—which recognize the development of new technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into the design, manufacture, and use of chemicals—are presented annually in five different focus areas. Cargill’s award came in the Design of Greener Chemicals focus area.

FR3 fluid is a soybean-oil based product for use as a coolant and insulator in high-voltage electric transformers. For the past 30 years, mineral oil has been the dominant dielectric fluid used in transformers. However, mineral oil is flammable and can be toxic to the environment.

FR3 fluid is much less flammable than mineral oil; it biodegrades easily and is carbon neutral, nontoxic and non-hazardous in soil and water*—and it offers superior performance to mineral oil. FR3 fluid can handle a much higher rise in temperature than mineral oil, which means manufacturers can design FR3 fluid-filled transformers 15-20 percent smaller and can deliver up to 20 percent overload capacity. What’s more, FR3 fluid actually protects the transformer insulation paper, making it last longer—in fact, five to eight times longer than transformers filled with mineral oil.

The various performance and environmental advantages of FR3 fluid have been validated by a variety of agencies and organizations, including the EPA and Underwriters Laboratory—but receiving the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award represents a new level of recognition.

The EPA estimates that, each year, the innovations developed by the previous 88 award winners eliminate the production of enough hazardous chemicals and solvents annually (825 m
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