Sheffield experts help secure £1.5m to make glass greener

A Sheffield glass testing company is part of a consortium that has received £1.5m to cut waste and energy use in the industry.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 10:56 am
Updated Friday, 22nd May 2020, 11:20 am

Glass Technology Services in Chapeltown will lead the EnviroAsh project to take ash, slag and dust and turn it into new raw materials for the glass, ceramic and cement industries.

It is one of four linked schemes to receive £1.5m from Innovate UK, part of the government. GTS will be paid £230,000 for its work overall.

The other projects will look at improving inspecting techniques to reduce costly post processing, making glass at lower temperatures and using energy from industrial heat emissions.

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Dr Owen McGann

Partners in the consortium include Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield, Drax Power and Castle Cement.

Glass Technology Services, a subsidiary of trade body British Glass, specialises in testing, consultancy and research and development.

Dr Owen McGann, of GTS, said: “The funding will enable us to continue working with the glass industry in reducing its energy demands and generation of carbon dioxide.”

Marlin Magallanes, project lead for EnviroAsh, said: “The work we have undertaken can revolutionise glass manufacture by using waste materials and can support the important goal to decarbonise the glass industry.”

The GTS team.

The glass industry contributes almost £2 billion to the UK economy each year and directly employs around 6,000 people, with an estimated 150,000 more indirect jobs, she added.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, has invested up to £5 million in projects for the foundation industries through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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