Stara Glass’ G. Minestrini awarded at Furnace Solution

Stara Glass young and brillant engineer Giorgio Minestrini won the Furnace Solutions Michael Garvey Award for his paper “Primary Techniques for NOx containment for a More Sustainable Glass Industry”, that deeply concerns the outcomes of the Prime Glass project.

To him, the congratulations of all the Prime Glass project team: well done, Mine!



Grand finale


The Prime Glass project has been an important part of the last three years of many people’s LIFE, now it has come to its end in the best way: with the great results we achieved and with the excellent final conference that saw about 120 participants, in the wonderful landscape of Rapallo.

To share the celebration with you, we prepared this article that is meant to summarize the great day we all spent, and it includes pictures, videos (in Italian) and all the presentations (in English).

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The audience

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The location and SSV’s Dr. Manoli

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The location. Excelsior Palace Hotel, Rapallo

Mr. Arnaldo Messori’s welcome

Stara Glass’ President, Mr. Arnaldo Messori, introduced the conference and thanked all the involved people.

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Bianca Maria Scalet, (Nicola Favaro) (Ufficio di Gabinetto Ministro per la Coesione Territoriale e il Mezzogiorno / Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro) – Glass melting: emission sources – Implementation of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Associated Emission Levels

Dr. Scalet, one of our most prestigious speakers, gave us the chance to get a very wide overview of the glass emission regulation nowadays scenario.

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Francesco Prosperi (Stara Glass) – The Prime Glass DeNOx solutions in the present scenario of the glass industry NOx containment technologies

Stara Glass’ technical director proposed a wide and precise analysis of all current technologies for NOx primary and secondary containment in glass industry.

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Ernesto Cattaneo (Stara Glass) – The technologies of the Prime Glass project

The Stara Glass R&D engineer and chairman of the event, that has been deeply involved in most of the project activities, proposed a synthetic overview of the project technologies, thus introducing the successive speeches.

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Simone Tiozzo, (Walter Battaglia, Alessandro Migatta) (Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro)The Multipoint Continuous Monitoring system and its application in the Prime Glass project

The SSV engineer introduced the highly innovative monitoring system that has been utilized to collect the experimental data of the operating glass plant with a multipoint parallel acquisition.

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The bow-tied speakers, Giorgio Minestrini (Stara Glass) and Simone Tiozzo (SSV)

Milena Marchegiani, (Luca Tosini, Adelvaldo Bussolati) (Bormioli Rocco)A customer’s experience of the Prime Glass technologies and the open problems in glass furnaces’ emissions control

One of the most interesting parts of the conference has been the opportunity to see the Prime Glass technologies from the point of view of the end-user. It has been a big luck, for the project partners, to test our experimental plants together with the extremely skilled Bormioli Rocco personnel, and Doctor Marchegiani’s brillant presentation has shown another example of the priceless technical sodalice we have been able to develop within the project, and not just among the partners.

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(Carlo Cravero), Michele Pallante, Alessandro Spoladore (Università degli Studi di Genova) –   Simulation of glass production system components with gas recirculation using CFD and lower order models

UNIGE Engineers Pallante and Spoladore brillantly exposed the contribution of Professor Cravero’s CFD computing team to the project


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Alessandro Mola (Stara Glass) An analysis of the environment and energy performance of the Prime Glass technologies and their future developments

Dr. Mola, the scientific responsible of the project and actual conceiver of the two NOx containment technologies we studied, presented a detailed analysis of the project results and their possible future developments.

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(Nicola Favaro), Walter Battaglia (Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro)The Life Cycle Assessment applied to the Prime Glass technologies

The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a standardized procedure that enables an objective evaluation of the environmental impact of a certain product or process by means of the analysis of raw materials and energy flows and the definition of performance indicators. SSV technicians and scientists have been able to perform this detailed analysis to the Prime Glass technologies, here masterfully exposed by Dr. Battaglia.

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Sauro Pasini, (Sandro Merlini) (RJC) – Designing low NOx combustion systems for end port glass melting furnaces using an integrated CFD based approach

Dr. Pasini, one of our most prestigious speakers, applied his extremely wide combustion design expretise to provide us with an analysis applied to regenerative glass furnaces, that included all most important nowadays solutions and winked to the future ones.

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(Carlo Cravero), Santo Cogliandro, Alessandro Spoladore (Università degli Studi di Genova)Perspectives from numerical modeling and video data acquisition for glass furnace optimization and management

The less visible, actually infrared, yet very important part of the project regarding thermography and image analysis has been described by the field experts Dr. Cogliandro and Dr. Spoladore.


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Giorgio Minestrini (Stara Glass) – Innovative plant solution connected to the Prime Glass technologies: state of the art and perspectives

The brillant Stara Glass’ R&D Engineer Giorgio Minestrini that has been, among the other things, supervising the installation of every plant of the project, here introduces the future developments of our technologies that proved to be products ready for the glass market, but still have interesting margins of improvement.


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The project is formally over, strategic waste gas recirculation and high-efficiency air-staging are among the present-big-thing to evaluate, to optimize the operation of regenerative glass furnaces, and our thermography / image analysis activity allowed us to make our design more accurate and our technologies more performing. We are extremely proud of the results we achieved and the entire Prime Glass team wants to thank:

  • All the glass production plants personnell that challenged the tradictional refractoriness to change of glass industry and embraced our proposal, therefore thank you Vetropack (former Bormioli Rocco) – Trezzano, thank you Vetri Speciali – San Vito al Tagliamento, thank you Bormioli Rocco – Altare
  • The EU LIFE instrument that made all of this possible and, as a consequence, glass industry more sustainable
  • All the attentive, technically prepared and always interested audience of the conference.

Personally, after three years of very satisfactory yet hard work, I want to thank all the wonderful Stara Glass, SSV, UNIGE and external people we have been working with, for the passion and the target-oriented mentality everybody has been using.

Last but not least, I want to thank all people that have been following the news of this website: after three years of posting articles for you, I toast to you!

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