Italian consortium to decarbonise glass production with hydrogen

Italian consortium to decarbonise glass production with hydrogen

An Italian consortium is looking to reduce emissions in the glass industry with hydrogen.

Snam, RINA, Bormioli Luigi, Bormioli Rocco, STARA GLASS, UNI.GE., Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro, IFRF Italia, SGRPRO and RJC SOFT today (July 20) said they have all joined forces for the effort.

Under the Divina project, the group hopes to decarbonise the glass melting stage, which is believed to account for more than 50% of total energy consumption throughout the whole glass production process.

To do this, project partnership will assess the results of introducing an increasing proportion of hydrogen blended with natural gas into existing melting furnaces operating under regular production conditions.

Testing significant quantities of hydrogen on operational furnaces will be an opportunity to evaluate the compatibility of hydrogen combustion with glass material in real industrial production contexts following appropriate testing in laboratories.

Snam, RINA and Bormioli are co-ordinators of the project.

Commenting on the group’s goal, Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, said, “Hydrogen will play a key role in decarbonising energy-intensive sectors such as glass production in order to meet domestic and European climate targets.

“This project complements what we are already doing in the steel, rail transport and ceramics sectors. Snam will be able to draw on its infrastructure and expertise to facilitate the introduction of hydrogen in industry, bringing benefits in terms of economic growth.”

Ugo Salerno, President and CEO of RINA, added, “We are continuing to work with Snam and other companies to contribute to the ecological transition of the major energy-intensive chains.

“Following the first test with a mix of natural gas and 30% hydrogen in steel processing that we carried out in May, our expertise and laboratories are also being used for the ‘Divina’ project, an important milestone towards the decarbonisation of another of the most significant sectors in the Italian economy.”

Vincenzo Di Giuseppantonio, CEO of the Bormioli Luigi Group, remarked, “As heirs to one of Europe’s oldest industrial traditions, high-quality glass production, we want to play a leading role in the decarbonisation of our industry, which is classified as hard-to-abate.

“The partnership with leading players in the energy sector, the glass industry and academia makes the Divina project a sound and concrete proposal for a path to green transition and sustainability.”

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