French container glass manufacturers Saverglass and Verescence have partnered with glass furnace supplier Fives and energy provider Engie to form the VERCANE consortium.

The purpose of VERCANE is to support container glassmakers partners in their efforts to decarbonize glass production.

Ludovic Ferrand (below), Future Industry Lab Manager at ENGIE Lab CRIGEN, will discuss a paper titled: VERCANE Project : innovative methodologies to pave the way towards neutral carbon glass.

A key challenge of decarbonisation is the ability to identify carbon neutral energy vectors available on the territory of glass plants.

To address this challenge, the partners are developing methodologies, focusing on three mains vectors : hydrogen, bioresources and electrification.

A multi-criteria analysis is developed to assess possible scenarios. In complement, VERCANE explores the adaptation of melting furnaces to the new vectors, to prepare industrial projects at scale.

The project includes concrete case studies at production sites of Saverglass and Verescence.

The two-day Hydrogen in Glassmaking digital conference includes 16 speakers from the glass industry.

The speakers are: Heineken, Steklarna Hrastnik, Shell, CelSian DNV, GWI-Essen, Hydrogen Europe, Stara Glass, Linde, Glass Futures, FIC UK, Glass Trend, Glass Service, Sorg, Air Liquide and Nippon Gases.

It takes place digitally on June 15 and 16.