Glass Futures centre stage at Labour and Conservative conferences

The not-for-profit membership organisation building a pioneering glass research facility in St Helens, is among those leading the net zero conversation at both the Labour Party and Conservative Party conferences

Glass Futures is set to lead the glass industry in developing high value, zero-carbon products will be exhibiting in a new Hydrogen Zone.

Exploring how hydrogen can play a role in the UK achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 the zone kicked off at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool on Sunday, September 25.

Richard Katz, CEO of Glass Futures, said, “Over the last two years we’ve brought together partners from industry, the supply chain and academic to look at alternative low carbon fuels including hydrogen so it’s great to be showcasing our work as part of the conferences.

“The GBP 7.1 million Industrial Fuel Switching (IFS) programme funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) saw us carry out trials to find a suitable low carbon fuel alternatives to enable the decarbonisation of the glass sector and, potentially, the rest of the foundation industries.”

Under the lead of hydrogen expert Dr Palma González García, Glass Futures ran several pilot-scale tests looking into the effects of hydrogen in glass melts, oxyfuel and hydrogen tests and investigated a range of fuels including pure hydrogen in their 350kW combustion test bed. The full results are being published by Glass Futures in conjunction with BEISS this autumn.

They also carried out the first large scale trails using 100 biofuel in two industrial glass plants – container and flat glass reducing the carbon footprint of the glass produced by between 80 to 90 percent.