A commercial and technical feasible future for all-electric glass manufacturing?
Tuesday 25th February 15:00 - 15:20
The glass industry needs to continue reducing its carbon footprint, either forced by environmental legislation or by its customers. Since the improvement capability of traditional fossil fuel fired melting systems reached its limits around the year 2000 already, complying to stricter CO2, NOx and SOx emissions legislation will remain an ongoing challenge for traditional fossil fuel fired systems. Even with technically complex and expensive add-on systems, it is becoming difficult to achieve targets. Electrical heating seems to be the only sensible way forward either perhaps by adding a potential amount of electrical furnace boosting or for sure by changing to all-electric melting methods. Will hydrogen firing become an option, or will it not be energy efficient enough? As explained in many publications this will not be an easy progression but nevertheless it is, in many regions already feasible. This lecture will give an overview of what we have found out during many customer discussions and the result of a recent economic and technical feasibility study.
Speaker: René Meuleman, Business Leader Global Glass at Eurotherm by Schneider Electric