Aim of the project is to trial and demonstrate technologies which will significative improve environmental impact of the glass industry, allowing compliance with the new requirements set out in the recent GLASS BREF update 2012. The main objectives of the project are:

  1. Demonstrate feasibility of two new technologies by which NOformation during the combustion process in the glass furnace can be significantly reduced at the source
  2. lmprove energy performance of glass furnaces by increasing the heat exchange between exhausted flow gas and combustion air, providing also a reduction of CO2, CO, sulfur oxides, dust, and fuel consumption (gas and oil), with a benefit for natural resources.
  3. Demonstrate advantage of infrared thermography applied to the glass furnace, offering a quantitative monitoring of the temperature field in the melted glass and in the flame structure.

The objectives are in line with the lED and the GLASS BREF which underlines “The major environmental challenges for the glass industry are emissions to air and energy consumption.”.

lt is estimated that in 2005 emissions to air consisted of 6.500 tonnes of dust; 105.000 tonnes of NOx; 80.000 tonnes of SO2; and 22 million tonnes of CO2. The sector contributed to about 0.8 % of total EU emissions. Total energy consumption by the glass industry was approximately 311 PJ (86.5 million MWh).

The  innovative systems demonstrated in this project will provide future technologies for reductions of NOx emissions and energy consumptions, as input for further BREF revisions.

Piloting an industrial scale plant and disseminating results, will offer European glass producers cheaper and more ecological ways to produce. The technologies are in this project implemented to be also applicable to other glass sectors, i.e. flat glass, tableware glass and special glass industries.