The 16th Furnace Solutions programme will take place on 8-9 June 2022 at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St. Helens, Merseyside, UK.

The stadium is adjacent to the new Glass Futures site currently under development.

The conference will focus on the decarbonisation of the glass industry with glass and gas producers sharing their experience of using alternative fuels.

Other presenters will discuss the implication of decarbonisation on investment decisions, refractory selection and emissivity.

The Society of Glass Technology (SGT) is always on the lookout for new presenters and this year is no exception, with first-time presenters from companies such as NSG Pilkington, Encirc, Linde Gas and Emisshield.

Andrew Keighley from NSG Pilkington will outline his experience of firing a float furnace with hydrogen in his talk ‘NSG hydrogen firing at Greengate’. The talk will include advantages and disadvantages of firing hydrogen, as well as long-term issues that need to be considered and possibly biofuel firing.

Chris Windle of DSF Refractories will also discuss how to succeed with hybrid glass melters in his talk ‘Hy-ghly durable refractories for hybrid glass melters’.

SGT President Stuart Hakes said these expert discussions are “not to be missed”.

Further talks will be announced during the upcoming weeks.