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New article from Sustainable Brands: “Bluon Ready to Lead Industry Through Rigmarole of Replacing Refrigerants”
May 20, 2018

“In the US, ozone-depleting substances are regulated as class I or class II controlled substances. Class I substances have a higher ozone depletion potential and have been completely phased out in the U.S. Class II substances are all hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are transitional substitutes for many class I substances. New production and import of most HCFCs will be phased out by 2020. Freon™ 22 (R-22), the most common HCFC, is used for a wide range of applications, including residential and commercial air conditioning; and for medium- and low-temperature commercial refrigeration applications such as food service, supermarket display cases, food storage and processing, and transport refrigeration systems — its phase-out will cause a rigmarole across industries.”

“Enter Bluon Energy, which has created alternative refrigerants such as TDX 20, which increases operational efficiencies in existing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) equipment, helping companies decrease their electricity consumption and carbon footprint. Bluon bills TDX 20 not only as a replacement for R-22, but an upgrade.” Read more

The Perfect R-22 Replacement Storm”
January 12, 2018

When dealing with the coming “R-22 Replacement Reality”, there will be times when there is no “easy” path to take. The customer does not want to or cannot replace the equipment, yet R-22 is either far too expensive or simply not available. The customer may also be possibly looking to extend the life of their equipment, but the current equipment has some “issues” – whether from normal wear and tear, abuse, or perhaps most importantly they have inherent design flaws that are exaggerated when using a blend (which ALL R-22 replacements are). Most of these issues can be identified and easily addressed prior to converting the system to an R-22 Replacement refrigerant. Other issues will be harder to identify and will require technicians with a dynamic mindset and a ton of experience – or access to a technical support team with powerful tools, resources and community such as Bluon’s!

Bluon Energy working with a large local mechanical contractor encountered one of the “harder” scenarios this past winter while replacing R-22 and overhauling 24 large 120 Ton Split Systems (Trane RAUC124 Condensers and Bousquet HDGH-400 Air Handling Units). This project faced many foreseen and unforeseen challenges. Read more

New Publication Details the EPA’s TDX 20 SNAP Approval
July 26, 2017

The U.S. EPA has published a new document that describes the acceptability of Bluon TdX 20 (R-458A) within their SNAP program. While the import and sale of TdX 20 has been EPA-authorized since 2016, details of that determination are included here in the Federal Record.

“This determination of acceptability expands the list of acceptable substitutes pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. This action lists as acceptable additional substitutes for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector and the cleaning solvents sector.” Read more

Bluon Featured in Green Building & Design
July 14, 2017
Green Building & Design magazine has written an excellent article about the development of Bluon TdX 20, entitled Bluon’s New Refrigerant May Just Rescue the HVAC Industry.

“Bluon’s list of clients has grown dramatically during the company’s short existence. Their approach has led to deals with major real estate companies like CBRE and PMRG, energy management providers such as Schneider Electric, health care institutions like Kaiser Permanente and corporations ranging from Carl’s Jr. to ESPN. As a testament to Bluon’s innovative global warming solution, movie star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio came on board as an advisor and investor in the spring of 2017.” Read more

Bluon Energy Announces Investors, Strategic Partnerships
May 17, 2017
Leo Dicaprio Bluon Greenhouse Gas HVAC TdX 20 Climate ChangeSACRAMENTO, CA – MAY 17th, 2017 – Bluon Energy – creator of Bluon TdX 20 (R-458A), an energy-efficient replacement refrigerant for existing HVAC-R systems, announced today the addition of new investors and the addition of a board advisor to bolster the company’s awareness and sales. This comes at a time when existing HVAC-R refrigerants used by the majority of the U.S. and the world are becoming obsolete due to federal regulation and global phase-outs.

The newly-announced investors include Bionatus LLC, Greg Ellis of Control Air Conditioning Corporation, and actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio – who will also serve as a strategic advisor to Bluon’s Board of Directors. DiCaprio, along with company leaders and existing board advisors Kelly Givens, David Gordon of Savills Studley and Matthew Case of Bionatus, will work to create awareness around the substantial impact Bluon’s TdX 20 can have in the fight against climate change by making existing HVAC-R equipment more energy efficient. Read more

A Perspective on the Confusion, The Reality and What It Means to Industry
October 20, 2016
Representatives from over 170 countries negotiated the next phase of accords to reduce the population’s effect on climate change.  In Coral Davenport’s article “Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal”, in October 15, 2016, New York Times, the author shares the pin-point focus the Kigali talks had on specifically reducing the use of hydrofluorocarbons aka HFCs.

The new HFC refrigerant mandates are going to force innovation throughout the HVAC and Refrigeration industries but the Trillion-dollar question is, “Will the focus be properly placed on reducing overall Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions or is the emphasis simply on reducing the impact refrigerants have when they leak into the atmosphere – known as their Global Warming Potential (GWP)?”  We certainly hope it will be on both, however the global community needs to prioritize their efforts on the primary cause of GHG emissions by refrigerants – their colossal use of electricity.  HVAC-R systems consume nearly 40% of the world’s electricity. Read more

October 18, 2016
The global community is getting stricter on greenhouse gas emissions and tougher rules will have ramifications on many industries, including hospitality.Earlier this week, in Kigali, Rwanda, more than 170 countries reached a legally binding agreement to contest climate change by curbing the worldwide use of a planet-warming chemicals used in such everyday appliances as air-conditioners and refrigerators.  Unlike the Paris Agreement, the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement, drafted last year, the Kigali deal, an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, is more singular in scope: stamp out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. And while the Paris Agreement is voluntary with no binding enforcement, the Kigali deal is mandatory.

“The new HFC refrigerant mandates are going to drive exciting innovation throughout the HVAC and refrigeration industries,” shared Douglas Reinke, Bluon Energy President & CEO.   “Right now there are no HVAC options other than HFCs and in refrigeration there are HFOs (hydrofluoroolefins, which can be used as refrigerants with low global-warming potential) and natural refrigerants.” Read more

September 21, 2016
r458a_websiteThe American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) with the consensus of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has designated Bluon Energy’s TdX 20 refrigerant as an approved standard to Refrigerant Blends under Standard 34-2013.  TdX 20 has been given the designation of R-458A.

R-458A was approved by the ASHRAE Standards Committee on June 26, 2016; by the ASHRAE Board of Directors on June 29, 2016; and by the American Nationals Standard Institute on July 27, 2016.  The designation can be found at:–technology/standards-addenda as Addendum aj to Standard 34-2013.

“As the joint organizations share the mission of vetting a product’s impact on both the indoor and outdoor environment, we are proud that ASHRAE and ANSI confirmed the safety and validity of TdX 20.  It’s been a thorough process which provides the HVAC and Refrigeration marketplace with the assurance they need to implement the use of TdX 20 to provide energy efficiency, optimized system performance, and environmental sustainability,” commented Douglas Reinke, President and CEO of Bluon Energy.  “We have anticipated this final notification and increased demand and have planned manufacturing accordingly,” added Reinke.

A Perspective on the Regulatory Phase-out of HFC Refrigerants and the Inherent Lack of Regard for Energy Efficiency
August 4, 2016


In Brent Harris’ New York Times OpEd piece, “A Coolant That Threatens to Heat Up the Climate”, published on July 22, 2016, the author has been somewhat inaccurate and misleading in his analysis of HFC refrigerants and their contribution to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. There is currently an active effort by the world’s regulatory bodies to phase-out HFC refrigerants used in the bulk of commercial HVAC and refrigeration systems in favor of low GWP (Global Warming Potential) refrigerant alternatives which tend to be flammable and typically associated with expensive new equipment. The missing part of the argument is the inherent energy efficiency of these low-GWP refrigerants. Read more

Sacramento Business Journal
EPA Approval Opens Up Large Market for Green Tech Firm
July 22, 2016

sbj_photoGreen technology company Bluon Energy LLC received a key federal approval for its environmentally beneficial refrigerant. The Sacramento company has been authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to sell its TdX 20 refrigerant for use in retail food refrigeration.

That approval opens a large market for Bluon, said CEO Douglas Reinke. About a year ago, EPA approved TdX 20 for use in air conditioning, he said. The typical air conditioning unit on a commercial rooftop contains 15 or 20 pounds of refrigerant, according to Reinke. A walk-in refrigerator for a restaurant or store, by comparison, could use 10,000 pounds of refrigerant, he said. Read more

EPA Authorizes Bluon Energy TdX 20 Refrigerant under SNAP
TdX 20 Authorized for Commercial HVAC, Industrial Process and Retail Food Refrigeration Uses
July 6, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency has authorized the sale and import of Bluon Energy’s TdX 20 refrigerant under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP). The purpose of the SNAP program is to identify and evaluate substitutes for substances that pose a risk to human health or an environmental risk, such as global warming potential (GWP). The program looks at alternatives for a number of products including refrigeration and air conditioning components.


TdX 20 is a next-generation refrigerant blend for use as a replacement for R-22, R-404A, and R-507A refrigerants used in existing HVAC and Refrigeration equipment. With this notification, TdX 20 is now authorized for use in: Commercial Comfort Air Conditioning, Industrial Process Refrigeration Systems, and Retail Food Refrigeration. TdX 20 had previously received authorization from the EPA in May 2015 for the sale and use in residential & commercial air conditioning. TdX 20 is a patent pending, unique blend of five approved EPA and ASHRAE constituents innovatively combined to enhance energy efficiency and overall performance in existing HVAC-R systems. In addition to its energy efficiency attributes, TdX 20 has one of the lowest GWP of any R-22 replacement on the market, making it the most environmentally friendly.

“Under the EPA’s SNAP program, Bluon’s TdX 20 has been identified as climate and environmentally friendly plus a solution for phased-out refrigerants that no longer meet standards. We are pleased that they confirmed its safety in air conditioning applications last year and now in refrigeration applications,” stated Douglas Reinke, President and CEO of Bluon Energy. “This authorization opens the door for the full refrigerant marketplace to take advantage of the many attributes of TdX 20 in saving energy, equipment, and the environment,” added Reinke.

“The Sacramento region continues to grow as a hub for innovation, and Bluon Energy is playing a role in that growth,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “It’s important that consumers have options when it comes to reducing their carbon footprint. I’m pleased that forward-thinking businesses are doing their part to combat climate change by offering products that are environmentally friendly and will save Americans money on their energy bills.”

June 7, 2016

Bluon Energy, manufacturer of next-generation refrigerants for the commercial HVAC and Refrigeration markets, announced today that its TdX 20 refrigerant was given the preliminary ASHRAE number of R-458A with an A1 safety rating. The final approval and assignment of the ASHRAE classification is anticipated the end of June 2016. Based on more than six years of R&D, millions of data points in testing, and numerous validated users, TdX 20 is a multi-phase, zeotrope refrigerant blend. It is the only R-22 replacement that reduces energy consumption, has a warranty, and holds the lowest GWP currently on the R-22 replacement market. TdX 20 is effective based on its multiphase approach with five constituents in a carefully orchestrated sequence that takes the liquid-to-gas change to an advanced level where heat is absorbed across more of the coil surface area, improving overall heat transfer and compressor function.

TdX 20 is designed to:
• Serve as a drop-in replacement for R-22 Refrigerant — no oil change or modifications are required just minor fine-tuning
• Improves the performance of existing HVAC and refrigeration systems by reducing compressor workload resulting in less amp draw and lower compressor head temperature (at like capacity)
• Reduces energy consumption by up to 25% with its revolutionary smooth amp utilization
• Decreases carbon footprint with only 1650 GWP compared to other R-22 replacement products’ GWP ranging from 1774 – 2631. It is an environmentally safe, A1, and sustainable solution.


“This preliminary classification is the last step in a list of accomplishments for final approval by ASHRAE. TdX 20 is the equipment- and environment-friendly refrigerant that the marketplace has been waiting for in that it is extremely affordable, easy-to-install, reliable, saves energy, and extends the life of building owners’ current HVAC and refrigeration equipment,” shared Douglas Reinke, President & CEO of Bluon Energy. “With the phase-out and rising prices of R-22 as well as numerous de-listed refrigerants, the timing is critical and our installed base has proven TdX 20’s effectiveness,” added Reinke.

Bluon Energy’s TdX 20 will be listed with approved refrigerant numbers in ANSI/ASHRAE Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants, the latest edition of Standard 34.

June 3, 2016

Doug Reinke, CEO of Bluon Energy, discusses the R-22 refrigerant phasedown, Bluon’s TdX 20 replacement option, and more. Click to listen.


  • “We have found Bluon TdX 20 to be the responsible alternative to R-22. Not only does it allow our building owners to comply with environmental mandates and save energy, it is easy and inexpensive to do so.”

    Ben Gates, Development and Sustainability Director, Redside Partners
  • “I would recommend Bluon TdX 20 as a direct drop-in replacement that reduces energy, reduces wear and tear and extends the lifetime of your equipment.”

    John Weese, Chief Engineer, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Anaheim Orange County, CA
  • “…the system reached full cooling capacity in 30 seconds on TdX 20 versus 90 seconds on R-22. This resulted in the unit running less time.”

    Jaime Chavez - Facilities Manager, ESPN Zone
  • “Bluon TdX 20 allows building owners to comply with environmental mandates, save energy, save money and prolong equipment life.”

    Renee Loveland, Sustainability Manager, Gerding Edlen
  • “With large Capex availability within our portfolios continuing to be tough, we found Bluon TdX 20 to be the best answer to prolonging our equipment, while providing strong energy savings as compared to R-22.”

    Jeff Arlotti - Vice President Commercial Properties, CORE Realty Holdings Management, Inc.
  • “The pilot test showed a reduction in amperage draw, a reduction in pressure as well as reduced run times which all together produced a 28% energy savings.”

    Gary R. Spore - Director of Engineering and Facilities, South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA
  • “This was a very seamless process and no retrofit was needed to our existing equipment. We were able to change out 16 roof top package units varying from 2.5 to 5 tons.”

    Lawrence R. Armstrong, CEO, Ware Malcomb