Energy & Environment

NSG to Test the World’s First Use of Hydrogen Fuel for Glass-Making

NSG Group plans to test the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for float glass manufacturing at its Greengate Works in St. Helens, U.K. A global first, the initiative 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.

NSG Group will investigate whether hydrogen can be used to wholly or partly replace the natural gas and oil that are the standard fuels for the glass making industries. If all of the natural gas can be replaced with hydrogen this would reduce emissions of CO2 by around 80%.

The work is supported by $6.05 million (£5.2 million) of funding from the UK government under the Industrial Fuel Switching Scheme with first trials planned for November 2020.

By 2030, NSG targets to reduce absolute carbon emissions by 21% compared to the 2018 level. Over the past three years, NSG has reduced CO2 emissions per production unit by 5% with the ongoing measures to reduce energy usage and CO2 emissions.

By reducing CO2 emissions from business operations and supplying innovative glass products, NSG will continue its contributions to mitigating climate change risks, according to the announcement.

ClearVue Signs Collaboration Agreement With eLstar Dynamics BV

Smart building materials company ClearVue Technologies Ltd. has entered into a collaboration agreement with eLstar Dynamics BV in the Netherlands. eLstar produces dynamic/switchable glazing technology based upon electrophoresis that combines electrophoretic responsive inks, transparent electrophoretic interlayer substrates and proprietary control software and hardware.

The collaboration agreement sets out the terms for the promotion, distribution and joint development of ClearVue’s integrated glazing unit and smart solar window solutions combined with eLstar’s smart electrophoretic dynamic switchable glazing solutions. The purpose is to produce a wireless smart window that is capable of energy production and lighting control.

“The eLstar dynamic glazing technologies are at the cutting edge of the glazing industry and are a perfect fit for ClearVue’s photovoltaic glazing technologies. eLstar’s electrophoretic switching solution requires power inside the IGU or window to operate the control systems for switching and dimming the glass and for powering and maintaining the state change in eLstar’s electrophoretic interlayer—which we are confident that the ClearVue PV solution can provide,” says ClearVue executive chairperson Victor Rosenberg. “The first step is to complete the initial trial and then we look forward to working with eLstar to scale their product to be suitable for commercial use and sale with a view to combining this into a market leading end-product.”

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