New fire retardant technology tested at Department of Energy’s Bonneville Energy Administration demonstrates ability to self-extinguish flames from lightning strikes

A test performed to compare the explosivity factors of 50,000 degrees versus typically 1,400 degree wildfire temperatures

MARINA DEL REY, CA., October 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Before you win patent #11441076 for its fire-resistant coating formula from the US Patent and Trademark Office last month, Sunseeker Enterprises, Inc. DBA Sun FireDefense is publicly announcing the results of a test that used the same fire retardant with the Department of Energy’s Bonneville Power Administration. An engineering and maintenance report titled “Evaluation of Wood Post Fire Retardant Treatments” activated two field-aged cedar posts with simulated lightning, which resulted in “the treated post burning less vigorously and self-extinguishing more quickly’. The test was significant in that the heat of a lightning strike is approximately 50,000 degrees compared to a typical forest fire which is approximately 1,400 degrees and the application for which the spray formula was developed and patented. The test results were authored by JG Hildreth who was assisted by RS Dizon and reviewed by S. Khem of the Bonneville Transmission Line Maintenance Group.

The test consisted of the Bonneville Transmission Line Technical Services (TELM) group spraying a pole with Sun Fire Defenses SPF3000 fire retardant, allowing it to dry and harden. They then energize both poles of the 460-kV winding of the Bonneville Fog Chamber test transformer. It was grounded via a Pearson 110a current transformer used to measure the current through the pole. A terahertz fiber link was used to transmit the current measurement to the control room where it was displayed on a Fluke handheld meter. Infrared images were taken of the initial tests of the treated post. The infrared image clearly shows the current path through the pole.

“SPF3000 is formulated to be sprayed on home building materials that have been dried and cured before a fire,” said Sun FireDefense CEO, Jim Moseley. “For utilities, this testing is important based on the hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and court settlements they have endured alleging that utility poles caused fires.” Fire suppression systems can prevent wildfires from starting; this test shows that our product can be an effective tool. Just last month, PG&E was sued by a plaintiff claiming they were responsible for the Mosquito Fire, which burned 76,000 acres, destroyed more than a hundred structures in the area. Southern California Edison faced multiple class action lawsuits over the Woolsey fire We hope to not only serve as an initiative measure that homeowners and now utilities can use because there are so many firefighters on the ground that respond when wildfires are already in motion.

About Sun FireDefense: Sun FireDefense is one of the few companies that provides a proprietary product and service that has helped save structures of California deadly Skirball and Woolsey fires. The company offers a menu of advanced fire protection products, including SPF 3000, a clear spray that mixes with paint or stain, a heat-censored, remote exterior sprinkler system, and a fire-resistant laminate for windows. The line is inspired by some of the most influential experts in the aerospace, firefighting and power generation industries. Sun FireDefense provides long-lasting, high-temperature fire protection that inhibits ignition and fire spread for years (vs. minutes or hours) with a single application. Sun FireDefense coverages and services change the rules of wildfire protection.

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