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UK government funds two sustainability projects for the glass industry.

Glass Futures and KEW's sustainability projects have received project funding from the UK government.

The UK government will provide £299,957 for Glass Future's renewable biofuels project and £299,310 for KEW's decarbonization project.

Glass Futures

Glass Future's 'Renewable, Waste-Derived Fuels for Glass and Ceramic Manufacturing' project will take place in Sheffield, UK. This project will investigate the conversion of glass vessel furnaces from natural gas to waste fuel and builds on findings from previous Glass Futures projects; these findings successfully demonstrated biofuel use on commercial glass vessel furnaces.

The team will develop detailed plans for industrial-scale trials of the most attractive waste-derived fuels identified at the commercial glass and ceramic plants.

Figure 1 The sustainability projects for the glass industry

Figure 1 The sustainability projects for the glass industry 


KEW's 'Modular Approach to Glass Energy Decarbonisation (MADE)' project will be located in Tamworth, UK. This project will explore converting flat glass and fiberglass production facilities from natural gas to converted natural gas waste and biomass. The consortium will demonstrate that KEW's modular advanced gasification technology can successfully convert waste and biomass into a hydrogen-rich syngas, which will replace the carbon-intensive natural gas burned at two glass production facilities. Feasibility studies will assess the potential of integrating the technology into these production sites, as well as the potential greenhouse gas savings through industrial integration.

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