Hydrogen: launch of an Italian decarbonisation project for the glass industry
Hydrogen: launch of an Italian glass decarbonization project
A working group led by Snam, RINA and Bormioli will test the use of hydrogen
to supply glassworks melting furnaces
Milan, 20 years olde July 2021 – A working group made up of Snam, RINA, Bormioli Luigi, Bormioli Rocco, STARA GLASS, Università degli Studi di Genova, Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro, IFRF Italia, SGRPRO and RJC SOFT has started a collaboration aimed at reducing emissions in the glass industry using hydrogen.
The manufacture of glass objects, of which Italy is the second European producer with more than 5 million tonnes per year, is energy intensive and difficult to supply electricity. To this end, the “Divina” project (Decarbonization of the glass industry: hydrogen and new equipment), coordinated by Snam, RINA and Bormioli, aims to reduce emissions from the glass melting stage, which represents more than 50% of total energy consumption throughout the production process.
In this regard, the availability of an energy source such as hydrogen can provide a viable solution by optimizing its use in terms of energy and emissions and by controlling the challenges of production and transport.
Snam CEO Marco Alverà said: “Hydrogen will play a key role in decarbonizing energy-intensive sectors such as glass production in order to meet national and European climate targets. This project complements what we are already doing in the steel, rail transport and ceramics sectors. Snam will be able to rely on its infrastructure and expertise to facilitate the introduction of hydrogen into industry, bringing benefits in terms of economic growth. ”
Ugo Salerno, President and CEO of RINA, said: “We continue to work with Snam and other companies to contribute to the ecological transition of large energy consumingChains. After the first test with a mixture of natural gas and 30% hydrogen in the steel transformation that we carried out in May, our expertise and our laboratories are also put to use for the “Divina” project, an important step towards the decarbonization of another of the most important sectors of the Italian economy.
Vincenzo Di Giuseppantonio, CEO of the Bormioli Luigi Group, said: “Heirs to one of the oldest industrial traditions in Europe, high qualityglass production, we want to play a leading role in the decarbonisation of our industry, classified as difficult to knock down.The partnership with the main players in the energy sector, the glass industry and academia makes the Divina project a solid and concrete proposal for a green and sustainable transition.. ”
The initiative will allow, in the short and medium term, to evaluate the results of the introduction of an increasing proportion of hydrogen mixed with natural gas in existing smelting furnaces operating under regular production conditions. Testing large quantities of hydrogen on operational furnaces will provide an opportunity to assess the compatibility of hydrogen
combustion with glass in real industrial production contexts following appropriate laboratory tests.
Today, the main source of energy used by glassworks is natural gas and CO2 emissions amount to around 1,500,000 tonnes per year: globally, around 3.5% of emissions from the whole of the world. manufacturing industry. Nationwide use of a 30% hydrogen blend in glass melting processes would reduce emissions by 200,000 tonnes, equivalent to the emissions of about 100,000 cars.
The project will also define and subsequently optimize the design rules for future furnaces – called “Furnaces 4.0” -, which can guarantee the best performance even with higher percentages of hydrogen up to 100%.
The entirely Italian working group represents the entire value chain since it brings together specialists from the energy sector, leading glass groups, fuel production and transport operators, and leading companies in the field of energy. certification and integration of complex systems, companies that also design glass melting furnaces. as universities and research centers.
Snam is one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure companies and ranks among the largest listed Italian companies in terms of market capitalization. In addition to Italy, it operates through subsidiaries in Albania (AGSCo), Austria (TAG, GCA), the United Arab Emirates (ADNOC Gas Pipelines), France (Teréga), Greece (DESFA) and the United Arab Emirates. Uni (Interconnector UK), and also started operations in China and India. She is also a significant shareholder of TAP.
Number one in Europe by the size of its transport network (over 41,000 km, including international activities) and natural gas storage capacities (around 20 billion cubic meters, including international activities), Snam is also the one of the main continental regasification operators through the Panigaglia terminal (GNL Italia) and shares in the Livorno (OLT) and Rovigo (Adriatic LNG) facilities in Italy and the Revithoussa (DESFA) facility in Greece.
The company is committed to the energy transition with investments in biomethane, energy efficiency, sustainable mobility and hydrogen. Snam also operates in reforestation and has set itself the goal of achieving carbon neutrality (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 2040.
RINA provides a wide range of services in the energy, marine, certification, real estate and infrastructure, mobility and industry sectors. With 495 million euros in turnover in 2020, more than 4,000 employees and 200 offices in 70 countries, RINA participates in major international organizations and contributes to the development of new regulatory standards.
Bormioli Luigi is a glassworks specializing in high-end perfume and distillery containers and top quality crystal glass tableware. Today, it guarantees maximum reliability in its partnerships with prestigious clients demanding excellence. Bormioli Luigi employs over 1,000 people and produces 250 million pieces per year using twenty molding lines and five furnaces located in two production plants: Parma and Abbiategrasso.
Bormioli Rocco is a major and well-established Italian manufacturer specializing in household glass products with three production sites, a decoration workshop and six sales branches, with a significant international presence as well. The company can enrich a range or a product by bringing together consumers and businesses through the personalization of everyday tools. Since 2014 it has also produced glass blocks for the construction sector and since 2017 it has been part of the Bormioli Luigi group.
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Technical director +39 328 120 4763 [email protected]
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