Neil Simpson discussed the decarbonisation of furnaces at the Glassman Europe 2023 conference.

Neil Simpson, Consultant and Managing Director at Simpson Combustion & Energy Ltd., gave a presentation on How Much CO2 Glass Furnaces Are Producing and Why You May Want To Measure.

Abstract: On three occasions in 2022 as part of furnace optimisation for energy and CO2 reduction, Neil has measured the CO2 percentage in the target wall and other access points within the abatement and exhaust system for multi-furnace installations.

In addition to looking to EU ETS, the presentation will show how CO2 measurement should be a part of the decarbonisation strategy.

[Full abstract available via the Glassman Europe site - click on speaker image to view.]

See the conference video from Glassman Europe 2023 below.

PDFs of all presentations are available here.

Biography: Neil Simpson Graduated from Napier in Edinburgh with a Bachelors in Energy Engineering and joined Laidlaw Drew in the Development Department.

The first ever “Simpson Burner” was developed to burn a Low Calorific Value gas from a wood sourced biomass 30 years ahead of its time. It was an interesting time in combustion with the first oxy fuel glass furnaces being developed. Working closely with BOC helped develop a portfolio of conical and flat flame oxy oil and gas burners.

When approached to join a competing burner manufacturer, BOC invited Neil to join their Toledo based Glass Team which was developing the CGM crown fired combustion. When Eclipse Combustion acquired the assets of Laidlaw Drew their due diligence revealed the products Neil had developed. Neil joined Eclipse in 2006 as Glass Industry Manager for Europe and worked out of his home office in the Scottish borders.

Neil briefly re-joined BOC to Head UK Glass, Steel, Cement and Combustion related applications. In 2014 Neil resigned from BOC to form Simpson Combustion and Energy Ltd, a Consulting company supporting UK and Global Glass manufacturers and suppliers. In 2015 Neil became one of the CelSian registered trainers and organised UK-based courses. In 2016 Neil started supporting Ametek Land in promoting the use of in furnace thermal imaging.

With over 20 published patent applications, Neil is a Chartered Member of the Energy Institute, Member of the Institute of Refractory Engineers, Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology having Chaired MTC which organises Furnace Solutions and former Chair of Board of Fellows.