Saverglass reported successful hydrogen trials at its hybrid furnace in Feuquières, France.

Last month, Saverglass’ Sustainable Research and Development department successfully led the first hybrid furnace trials at its Feuquières industrial site.

The aim of the experiment was to develop a mixed combustion of hydrogen and natural gas.

Hydrogen is considered a ‘clean’ source of energy, because when it burns, it emits only water and not CO2.

For this reason, substituting hydrogen for natural gas could pave the way for a substantial transformation of the glass industry, helping to combat climate change and preserve resources.

The project team carried out tests on hydrogen injection at three different rates: 10%, 20% and 30%.

This test campaign confirmed Saverglass’ decision to use hydrogen to decarbonise its glassmaking process.

Maddly Faurie, R&D Engineer for the Glass Process at Saverglass, said: “Decarbonisation is an integral part of our R&D challenges. This trial enables us to challenge and progress our roadmap and complete our panel, providing technical solutions.”