Besides factors like performance and ease of use, Daikin Industries, Ltd. stresses environmental performance in product development. We strive to raise this environmental performance by incorporating product assessment in the planning and design stages for new products. Product assessment consists of 13 assessment items that we strictly adhere to in developing products.
We also assess global warming impact of air conditioners using the life cycle assessment (LCA) method, which allows us to determine the environmental impact at each stage of a product's life cycle. Products only make it to market after we have assessed them against their predecessor products to confirm they exert less environmental impact.
Fluorine mainly bonds with carbon atoms to become compounds that are highly stable and have useful functions such as the ability to resist heat and repel chemicals.
Daikin utilizes the characteristics of fluorine to provide various products that are useful for environmental conservation. Examples include ZEFFLE infrared reflective coating, which suppresses temperature increases by its mere application and alleviates air conditioning loads, and Neoflon ETFE, which contributes to prolonging the life of solar cells. Both products contribute to customer energy saving efforts. In addition, as fluoride material contributes to higher lithium-ion battery capacity, it is used for lithium-ion battery electrolytic solution and for electrode binding and packing.
With fluoride materials having superb heat and chemical resistance, we are conducting R&D into their use as material for fuel cells and for the oil and gas field. Fluoride materials are also contributing to reduced environmental impact through their use in solar and wind power systems, and in lithium-ion batteries. We will continue to expand their use in renewable energy, new energy, and energy-saving applications.
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