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Reference Number 2004-6-1330
Title Development of Flameless Glass Melting
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Industry) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor SJ Wilcox
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School of Technology
University of Glamorgan
Award Type 3
Funding Source Carbon Trust
Start Date 01 April 2005
End Date 30 April 2007
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £250,000
Industrial Sectors
Region Wales
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor SJ Wilcox , School of Technology, University of Glamorgan (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Gaz de France SA (0.001%)
Project Contact , Laidlaw Drew Ltd (0.001%)
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Objectives The objectives of this project are to optimise a new firing configuration for primary glass melters and to confirm its capability by the successful firing of a full-scale production furnace. In addition, the project will deliver patents, design tools and process data for the new combustion configuration for glass melting.
Abstract The UK's primary glass melting industry consumes about 19,000 TJ/year and emits significant quantities of carbon to the atmosphere. This project aims to reduce fuel use and NOx emissions on existing primary glass melters through the application of a new combustion approach. Carbon emission reductions will result from increased thermal efficiency of the glass melting process and elimination of the fuel burned for post-furnace NOx clean up. To achieve these aims, the project is: exploring options to achieve suitable combustion configurations while respecting the physical constraints (e.g. access to burners) of primary glass melters; confirming that there are unlikely to be any adverse effects on the glass melting process; specifying and registering patents to underpin commercialisation of the development; preparing a design tool that will be the basis of a commercial design service by the University of Glamorgan to specify burner configurations for individual glass melters; confirming, on a production furnace, the effectiveness of the new combustion process. The new approach could be applied as a retrofit on existing furnaces. This would accelerate the take up of the technology, which would otherwise be limited by the 15-year renewal cycle on primary glass melting furnaces
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