World first: Hydrogen for glass production

Nippon Sheet Glass (NSG) will test the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for glass production at its Greengate Works facility in St. Helens, UK.

The global first is part of a project managed by HyNet, a consortium of industries in the North West of England, aimed at reducing carbon emissions from industry, homes and transport.

Tests will allow the Japanese glass manufacturing group to investigate whether hydrogen can be used to wholly or partly replace the natural gas and oil that are standard fuels in glass making industries.

According to NSG, if the natural gas can be replaced with hydrogen it would reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by approximately 80%.

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