Ardagh Glass Packaging - Europe has designed its latest glass furnace in Poland with the latest-available suite of sustainable technology to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency.
Ceramic Candle Filter technology and a Continuous Emission Monitoring System have been installed at the Wyszków, Poland, glassworks.
The glass manufacturer said this would help to achieve and maintain low emission levels while gas, electricity and water consumption will be reduced through a combination of heat recovery, turbo compressors, water recovery and a closed loop cooling system.
Reducing emissions and improving the impact on the environment is a key target for the glass industry.
Ceramic Candle Filter technology is an effective method of controlling particulates and acid gases and is also efficient in reducing Sulphur Oxides during the glass manufacturing process.
Installation of a Continuous Emission Monitoring System provides ongoing information and allows immediate corrective and preventive action to be taken if necessary.
The new furnace will be energy efficient thanks to the conversion to a regenerative furnace, which will reduce gas usage and CO2 emissions.
Turbo compressors will replace screw compressors, which is expected to reduce the electricity requirement by up to 25% for production of low pressure compressed air.
Reduced water consumption will be achieved through a new closed-loop cooling system for the compressors and for boosting electrodes in the furnace.
Together this is expected to reduce water usage by up to 10% compared with traditional cooling solutions.
In addition, recovered water from a new demineralisation system will be used in the sanitary facilities, and is expected to save up to a further 2-3% of water on-site.
Jerzy Żołyniak, Plant Director at the Wyszków, site said: “We are incredibly proud of the work that has been put into implementing this new sustainable technology which will improve the environmental impact of our operation and will help AGP - Europe to achieve its sustainability targets.”