UK glass mineral wool manufacturer Superglass Insulation plans to use green hydrogen in its production process.

The company has entered into a strategic partnership with Carlton Power Limited to supply it with green hydrogen at its glass manufacturing facility in Stirling, Scotland, UK.

The partnership agreement will reduce Superglass’ reliance on natural gas.

Theresa McLean, Chief Executive of Superglass, said: “Carlton Power’s experience in hydrogen and wider energy project development in the UK is first-class, and so we are very pleased to be working with them to develop the Stirling scheme.

“Superglass’s operations are already very energy efficient – our glass wool insulation is made from up to 84% recycled glass and is estimated to save around 300 times the amount of energy used to manufacture it – but we know that we must do more.

“We need to make the transition from fossil-based fuels to hydrogen in order to cut our carbon emissions. The Stirling Green Hydrogen scheme will be an important step forward for not only our company, but the community in which we operate.”

Secured demand for hydrogen at Stirling will underpin the initial development of a 10MW electrolyser that is expected to produce approximately 1000 tonnes of green hydrogen every year.

Eric Adams, Carlton Power’s Hydrogen Projects Director, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Superglass to bring forward our Stirling Green Hydrogen hub; it will help Superglass achieve its #sustainability goals and support Scotland’s #decarbonisation strategy.”

Subject to planning consent and a final investment decision within the next 12-18 months, the Stirling project would be owned by the Green Hydrogen Energy Company (GHECO), Carlton’s joint venture company with Schroders Greencoat LLP.

The Stirling facility has an annual production capacity of 60,000 tons of glass wool insulation.