Slovenian glassmaker Steklarna Hrastnik has installed a solar power plant.

The generated electricity from the plant will be used for the production of hydrogen and help reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

The installation of the solar power plant is part of the OPERH2 project which is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the EU from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The development of the mentioned technology is in its pilot stage. The hydrogen plant is currently under construction.

"It is a facility where electrolysis and the energy from the solar power plant will be used to generatehigh purity hydrogen that will then be used on a pilot glassmaking furnace to reduce the CO2 footprint.

We are thus introducing biocomponents into the fuel used to melt glass," said Tilen Sever, researcher at RCeNeM, who is working with Steklarna Hrastnik on the project.

The pilot installation phase is expected to be completed in July this year when the solar power plant is to be connected to the pilot plant.

This will be followed by an experimental development phase which is aimed at the practical confirmation of the new glass melting solution employing hydrogen.

The guidelines for the transfer of the technology to large glassmaking furnaces will also be formulated.