ICG creates new Energy Efficiency TC

If you are interested in Energy Efficiency in Glass Production and have a high profile in the industry you may wish to be considered as a member of this important new committee.       The chair of this committee is Dr Hans van Limpt and his e-mail address is: hans.vanlimpt@celsian.nl.

Those on the committee are expected to make a significant contribution to its activities and attend its twice yearly meetings.

Activities & tasks of TC:

  • Identifying the major process steps, that show potential for energy efficiency improvement, including glass melting, glass conditioning, raw material supply & recycling, post-processing of glass;
  • Select appropriate technologies;
  • Test or develop tools to support energy efficiency investigations (e.g. energy balance models for glass furnaces, protocols for energy management, energy audit procedures dedicated to glass production plants, LCA modelling).
  • Define research activities for developing energy saving glass production methods.
  • Organize symposia or sessions on energy efficiency in glass production at ICG annual meetings and congresses;
  • Share energy consumption and CO2 emission data (anonymous) for benchmarking purposes;
  • Share LCA data;
  • Share practical experiences and problems related to new energy saving technologies (e.g. use of batch preheating, flue gas heat recovery systems, energy efficient furnace designs, recycling etc).

Profile of TC:

The members (typically 10-16 persons) of the Technical Committee should be a balanced mix between glass industry experts, technology suppliers and academia. Preferably, each major glass sector, container glass, flat glass, glass fibres, specialty glass, domestic glass should be represented.

A core team with at least a chair person, vice chair, secretary should be created from the members.

The TC should act as a link between industry and academia.


  1. The TC members should preferably meet twice per year and exchange information.
  2. Once per two years the TC organizes symposia related to energy efficiency and/or CO2 emissions in glass production. Also indirect CO2 emissions should be addressed (CO2 emission due to raw material supply/production).
  3. The TC should prepare a vision document of required future directions for R&D to develop technologies improving the energy efficiency and CO2 footprint of industrial glass production.
  4. The TC should try to summarize new developments and publish results of these inventories.
  5. Additionally this TC may prepare a specific energy efficiency roadmap for 2015-2025.
  6. The TC reports annually to the Cluster manager “Glass Production” of the Coordinating Technical Committee of the ICG.
  7. Organize excursions to sites that demonstrate energy efficient technologies in glass production.
  8. Important is that this TC broadcasts its activities and results to the community.
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