The 'Furnace of the Future' is a forward-thinking concept that aims to revolutionize glass production across Europe. Described as "the world's first large-scale hybrid oxy-fuel furnace to run on 80% renewable electricity," the piece of equipment will be built by Ardagh Group, the second-largest glass packaging manufacturer in the world.
The organization has partnered with 20 glass producers for the launch that is set to happen in 2022 with an assessment of results planned the following year. While glass is known as a sustainable packaging alternative to plastics, its production still leads to Co2 emissions and this green electricity manufacturing concept aims to reduce emissions by up to 60%.
“With this new technology we are embarking on the journey to climate-neutral glass packaging, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of manufacturing. We aim to demonstrate the viability of electric melting on a commercial scale, which would revolutionise the consumer glass packaging market," said Martin Petersson, CEO of Ardagh Group, Glass Europe.
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