In glassmaking industry, several solutions are investigated (R&D or Industrial scales). Among them, one consists in recovering waste energy from plant site by indirect preheating to avoid all risks related to oxygen mixing with the fumes.
HotOxyGlass project, funded by the European Commission has 2 main objectives which are linked one to the other:
- To reduce energy consumption of the flat glass production process. Energy consumption has constantly been challenged in the industry, and the project suggests an innovative solution based on oxygen use.
- To reduce pollutants emissions. The project thus contributes to limiting climate change.
Summary of LIFE Eco-HeatOx results
The LIFE+ project has started in December 2013 with full-oxy conversion of a tableware glass furnace.
Industrial results - ColdOx operations
The project started with cold reactants (ColdOx) before operating with hot reactants (HeatOx).