The use of Halon was banned in extinguishing equipment and fire safety systems within the EU from January 1st 2004, except in critical applications.
Companies currently in possession of Halon are committing an offence but are still able to hand it in at the Halonbank in which Hugen participates. We then collect this responsibly and provide the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate with the correct reporting. We are the only party in the Netherlands with a permit to collect, store, regenerate and deliver Halon.
Until 2040, Halon may only be used for critical applications for which no alternative extinguishing agent exists, mainly found in aviation and defence. Aircraft, submarines and armoured vehicles are small spaces in which other extinguishing agents are unsuitable because they are harmful to people, cause too much inconvenience or are simply too big or too heavy. Because Halon intervenes chemically with the fire process, only a small amount of extinguishing agent is required for a quick effect. It is also not conductive and leaves no residue. An entirely specific application is the use of Halon in F16s. In combat situations these jet fighters use Halon to refill their wing tanks so that no inflammable kerosene vapours remain in these gradually emptying spaces.
Hugen provides Halon to civil aviation and to the armed forces on land, sea and in the air, across the world. Because the use of Halon has been reduced strongly, the knowledge about this gas and related equipment is also disappearing. That’s why SK FireSafety Group operates increasingly as adviser in this field.