Pilkington UK produces architectural glass at a facility powered by hydrogen

Architectural glass has been produced at a UK facility powered by hydrogen as part of a world first trial.

Pilkington UK, part of the NSG group and behind the project, said the aim of the trial was to demonstrate that the furnace, in which the raw ingredients of the glass are heated to around 1,600 degrees centigrade, could run safely at full production without impacting product quality.

The three-week trial on the float glass line used approximately 60 road tankers of hydrogen.

Pilkington UK said the longer-term plan is to create a network of hydrogen pipelines to supply key industrial sites, avoiding the need for road transport.

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