HyGear to develop Hydrogen Recycling System

HyGear is currently developing a recycling system for the float glass industry to recover the hydrogen and nitrogen from the tin bath.

The opportunities lie in the reduction of the operational costs of utilities (hydrogen and nitrogen) and therefore fit well with the glass industry’s aim of energy and cost savings.  

The Gas Recovery System (GRS) will extract and purify the hydrogen-nitrogen mixture that forms a controlled reducing atmosphere over the bed of molten tin.

Hydrogen and Nitrogen mixture

In the glass manufacturing process, flat glass can be formed by pouring molten glass on a bed of molten tin. In order to prevent oxidization of the tin – which causes so-called glass dross – a reducing atmosphere is created by feeding a mixture of hydrogen and nitrogen gas over the tin bath. Depending on the float line settings, between 3% and 10% of the gas mixture is hydrogen. The rest, and thus the majority, is nitrogen.

Significant amounts of this mixture of hydrogen and nitrogen are – in combination with pollutants such as hydrogen sulfide, tin sulfide and tin oxide – left at the exit of the tin bath and currently left unutilized. By feeding this polluted gas mixture into the GRS system, significant fraction of the hydrogen and nitrogen can be recovered and reused for a new reducing gas mixture.

Recovery rate

Preliminary calculations show that with an off-gas collection of 40% – the rest is lost due to leakages within the tin bath – a hydrogen and nitrogen recovery of nearly 70% can be reached.

Looking for demonstration partners

If you are interested in partnering in the GRS-development, for instance as demonstration partner. Please contact HyGear’s business development department: Ms. Viola van Alphen, viola.van.alphen@hygear.nl.

HyGear Gas Recovery System

600450 HyGear to develop Hydrogen Recycling System glassonweb.com

See more news about:

Others also read

Donau City Tower 1
Designed by Dominique Perrault, Tower 1 of the Donau City (DC) Towers project is a prominent building across the Vienna skyline and is the highest skyscraper in Austria.
Raising our glasses to the glass industry!
Glass is a popular and indispensable packaging material for food and beverages of all kinds. Current product trends and innovations in production will be presented by manufacturers at glasstec 2018 in Düsseldorf from 23 to 26 October 2018.
EEIF Calls For An Ambitious EED Ahead Of Energy Council Meeting | Glass for Europe
Today 11 June, the Energy Council of Ministers of the EU meets in Brussels with a heavy agenda, including discussions on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).
VIG Technologies Ready to Take on AIA 2018
VIG Technologies with LandVac® is rolling out an industry changing new product, Tempered Vacuum Insulated Glass, at AIA in New York City, June 21 and 22. Booth 4610

Energy shortages and the Chinese government's ambitious climate targets make energy efficiency and sustainable development hotly debated topics in the local construction industry.
British Glass member hosts BEIS to talk energy policy future
Once again the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has been to see glass manufacturing in action.

Add new comment