The project will cost total $3.5 million and $3 million out of that is the cost of oxygen-production plant.
"All glass is melted sand with other ingredients added to make it a better glass or to make it melt better," said Facilities Business Leader Art Richards. "The product we make is fine fiber -- finer than your hair. The most obvious things it goes into are boats and Corvettes, but it's all around you." The furnaces are being re-engineered to burn nearly pure oxygen extracted from the air instead a mixture of natural gas. Oxygen burns hotter and cleaner than natural gas. It also melts glass more efficiently.
"We've installed a plant that generates 95 percent pure oxygen. Instead of using normal air to mix with natural gas to burn in our furnaces and melt our glass, we're using that 95 percent pure oxygen to mix with the natural gas and melt our glass," Richards said.
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