Slovenian glassmaker reduces carbon footprint
Following the completion of a €26.2 million investment cycle earlier this year, Steklarna Hrastnik is planning two low carbon projects relating to its glass furnaces within the next five years.
These initiatives will enable the Slovenian glass packaging specialist to replace its consumption of fossil fuels with green energy by one third, increase its energy efficiency by 10% and reduce its CO2 footprint by a fifth by 2025.
Moreover, the transition to low carbon production will help to further develop the local environment in which Steklarna Hrastnik has been operating for 160 years.
An innovative pilot project carried out this year is the first in the region to experimentally confirm the decarbonisation of glass melting with hydrogen obtained from renewable sources.
Within this project, a combustion system has also been developed that will enable Steklarna Hrastnik to make unlimited adjustments of hydrogen content in the fuel. This will enable optimisation of its production operation in terms of the availability of renewable resources.
Currently, Steklarna Hrastnik is drawing attention to two projects in connection with glass furnaces renovation. It aims to carry out the transfer of hydrogen technology to an industrial level in the future.
This project will be carried out on G furnace in the Vitrum production unit. B furnace in the company’s special production unit will be converted into a hybrid-regenerative furnace, which will use 60% green electricity for its operation.
Full details of the company’s investment priorities were published in the November/December 2020 issue of Glass Worldwide, in an exclusive interview with Peter Cas, Chief Executive Officer (illustrated).
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