Steklarna Hrastnik has won a gold award for a technological overhaul of one of its furnaces.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia granted the company the award for its project called: “The optimisation of the B-furnace top produce special packaging – a solution for the operation of the furnace in accordance with market demands”.

Steklarna Hrastnik was the winner among competition from 173 companies.

The award was for the technological overhaul of the B-furnace in the special packaging plant in a €5 million project.

Andrej Božič, General Manager of Steklarna Hrastnik, said: "Thanks to the innovativeness of Steklarna Hrastnik employees, the use of the most up-to-date technology and the continued implementation of environmental improvements based in part on our own know-how, we have been able to reduce our energy and water consumption, while increasing our production capacities."

One of the main environmental improvements is the reduction of energy product consumption by 16% alongside the increased capacity of the B-furnace.

This was achieved with an innovative construction of the glass furnace and regenerators, using the waste heat of the flue gasses generated in the B-furnace to heat the water in the special packaging plant, and using the warm, clean air generated in cooling the B-furnace to heat a part of the production line in the plant.

The innovative furnace overhaul at Steklarna Hrastnik has resulted in a reduction of energy product consumption and a reduction of emissions. These are now much lower than the prescribed levels and fully compliant with the BAT conclusions that will enter into force in February next year.

NOx emissions have been reduced by 25%, dust emissions by 30% and CO2 emissions by 10%. The furnace will achieve the energy consumption and reduction of emissions parameters throughout its whole life span.

Pictured: The project team with the award