The Furnace Solutions conference in England, UK will focus on decarbonisation, alternative raw materials, and refractories.

The conference, titled ‘Living in the Glass Age’, is organised by the Society of Glass Technology (SGT).

It will include the views of glass producers as they transition towards Net-Zero, practical guidance on electric and hybrid melting, hydrogen, alternative raw materials, and sustainable refractory development.

Speakers include glass manufacturers Şişecam, Ardagh, and Saint-Gobain.

The two-day conference will be held at the Totally Wicked Stadium, home of St Helens Rugby League Club, on the 7th and 8th June.

The following presentations have been confirmed:

Government support for industrial decarbonisation

Jenni McDonnell MBE, Innovate UK KTN

Ways to make container glass more sustainable until 2030 and beyond

Sven Roger Kahl, Ardagh Glass Ltd

Pushing the Limits of Production in Float Furnaces

Ms Burcin Gul Arslanoglu, ŞiŞecam

Batch Plant Concept for Glass Futures

Sebastian Woltz, EME

New fused-cast refractories to extend lifetime of net-zero carbon glass

Pierrick Vespa, Saint-Gobain

What is the solution for Cullet now and in the future?

Matthew Demmon, MKD32, Steve Whettingsteel, Krysteline Technologies, Nick Kirk, GTS

The latest research into fuel switching and carbon capture technologies

Rob Ireson, Glass Futures

HyNet: Making Low Carbon Happen

John Egan, Progressive Energy Ltd

The Case for Electric melting

Andy Reynolds, Fives Stein Ltd, and Stuart Hakes, FIC

Circular Economy and Secondary Raw Materials in Glass Manufacturing

Chris Holcroft, GTS

Melter crown lining for a “Sustainable Glass Furnace”

Daniela Messina, RHI Magnesita

Mixing electrodes – the tool for glass current control and reduction of specific energy consumption

Bartlomiej Kubera and Kasper Kaczmarek, Forglass

More details will be added to the conference website as they become available.

As part of the conference, SGT are offering a tour of the new Glass Futures building to see the facilities that will soon be available.

The Geoff Evans Dinner will take place on the Wednesday evening in the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Register here for the conference and Geoff Evans Dinner.

The two-day-conference is £80 per day for SGT members and £150 per day for non-members. The Dinner is £33.60.