Collaborates on DOE Grant Projects
Industries' fiberglass business is collaborating with other leaders
in glass manufacturing and affiliated organizations on two projects
funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
"We constantly seek new, better and more efficient manufacturing
methods at PPG," said Victoria M. Holt, vice president, PPG
fiber glass. "As global leaders in the glass industry, we understand
the importance of cooperating with other entities to advance the
field as a whole."
Over the next three years, a team including PPG aims to design,
fabricate and validate an oxygen-fuel-fired submerged combustion
melting system using a $3.8 million grant. Adoption of this technology
throughout the glass manufacturing industry would increase energy
efficiency, reduce capital costs and simplify glass-manufacturing
systems. PPG participates in the study with the Gas Technology Institute;
Corning Inc.; Owens Corning; Schott Glass Technologies, Inc.; Johns
Manville; CertainTeed Corp.; Fluent, Inc.; A.C. Leadbetter and Son,
Inc.; Praxair, Inc.; Combustion Tec/Eclipse; and the New York State
Energy Research and Development Authority.
Another grant provided $125,000 for PPG, the Combustion Tec brand
of Eclipse Inc. and the Diagnostic Instrumentation and Analysis
Laboratory (DIAL) at Mississippi State University to assess furnace
operations and model a method of saving 1 to 5 percent of the total
energy consumed by a single glass furnace. The project used a PPG
fiberglass furnace with a Combustion Tec burner that was assessed
using data collection methods devised by DIAL for high-temperature
environments. Data showed a 10 percent increase in energy transfer
to the glass and a 20 percent reduction in generation of nitrogen
oxides (NOx). The team has documented and written a protocol for
achieving energy efficiencies and is in the process of reporting
on energy improvements and the assessment methodology.