£1.5 million project funding secured
Researchers at UK-based Glass Technology Services have secured funding as part of the Innovate UK ‘Transforming Foundation Industries: Fast Start Projects’ funding call for a number of projects as part of a wider consortium of companies.
Four project bids were successful in receiving over £1.5 million to deliver the new projects. Awarded by Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation, the aim of the funding is to bring businesses from different foundation industries together to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities.
Glass Technology Services will lead one of the awarded projects, (‘EnviroAsh – Development new waste-derived raw materials for the Foundation Industries’), while supporting the delivery of three further projects, providing glass industry access and expertise.
The EnviroAsh project brings together partners from across six foundation industries – glass, ceramics, steel, paper, cement and chemicals – as well as the energy sector, academia and the waste and raw material supply chain.
The project will identify opportunities to take waste ashes, slags, mineral by-products and filter dusts from across the foundation industries and convert them into new raw materials for a range of products in the glass, ceramic and cement industries and is a follow on from a current Glass Technology Services’ project EnviroGlass2.
Another goal of the project will be to explore how these feedstocks might create opportunities to improve product performance in a cost-effective manner. Using practical lab demonstrations and commercial-scale demonstrations, the consortium will assess how the new waste materials can be incorporated into existing products and processes.
Work on this project is due to start in July 2020.