- Aug 25, 2021 9:20 am GMT
Glassmaking in the North West of England
In a world first, and just one week after the Government’s Hydrogen Strategy was released, trials have started in the Liverpool City Region to produce float (sheet) glass using hydrogen. The natural gas fossil fuel, normally used in the manufacturing process, will be completely replaced with hydrogen – showing how industry can significantly cut carbon emissions and take a big step towards reaching net zero.
The trials are taking place at Pilkington UK’s St Helens facility, where the company first began making glass in 1826. In order for the UK to decarbonise, complete transformation of almost every sector of the economy is required. Industry accounts for around 25% of all the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions and reducing these emissions is vital if the country is to reach ‘net zero’. However, cleaning up energy intensive industry stands as one of the toughest challenges to meet. Emissions from industry, such as glass making, can be especially hard to reduce – a barrier which is one step closer to being overcome through this trial.
The ground-breaking ‘HyNet Industrial Fuel Switching’ project, led by Progressive Energy, with hydrogen being provided by BOC, will provide confidence that low carbon hydrogen from HyNet can replace natural gas. This is believed to be the first large-scale demonstration of 100% hydrogen firing in a live float (sheet) glass production environment anywhere in the world
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