The NSG Group has successfully manufactured architectural glass at its facility in the U.K., using hydrogen power in a world-first trial, according to the company.
The trial is part of the “HyNet Industrial Fuel Switching” project. The three-week trial in late August was conducted at the Greengate site of Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, a group company in St. Helens.
The company managed to achieve a transition between its current main fuel, natural gas, and hydrogen during the trial. The trial proved that hydrogen was as capable as natural gas in achieving excellent melting performance, according to the company, adding it could be possible to operate the furnace with reduced carbon emissions. The switch to hydrogen to power the production from natural gas means that float glass furnaces – which account for the majority of the Group’s overall carbon emissions – would be able to operate with significantly lower emissions, according to the company.
For a longer term, a stable hydrogen supply made possible through a network of pipelines to key industrial sites could enable a full transition to hydrogen-fueled glass making, according to a press release.
The NSG Group aims to achieve 2% p.a. reduction in carbon emissions (scopes 1 and 2) during the three years of the Revival Plan 24, to achieve 21% reduction in 2030 compared to the 2018 levels, according to the announcement.