Glass manufacturing has seen revelations in every age and era, and in this phase where greenhouse gasses have become a topic of concern for every country in this world, every Industrial glass manufacturing company has started taking considerable steps to decrease its carbon footprint. Such initiatives are always taken while keeping the production operations in mind and how such companies can take steps to not just meeting the demand of the market but also the ecosystem.
The processes that involve making a batch of glass involves 3 steps and energy efficiency can also be incorporated in the same.
The batch that involves the raw materials that hold significance as the materials that would be included depending on the particular batch that has been ordered. The step that follows carries the highest possibility of an Industrial glass manufacturing company incorporating efficient steps. Even though glass manufacturing is a mature sector, there are high hopes of energy efficiency and each of the three main steps can have its own respective forms of cutting down on the consumption and wastage of energy. The majority of the companies think of cutting down on electrical-based consumption would reduce theirs overall carbon emission which is false. There have been discoveries of various kinds over time that have taken humans to more greenish manufacturing.
Studies show that a majority of the overall consumption of energy takes place in the melting and refining phases of making glass. Accounting for almost 70% of the energy usage, every industrial glass manufacturing company can take measures to direct more energy-friendly methods and technology towards these particular steps.
Energy consumption being the crux of the topic, it has been discovered that almost 40% of the total energy consumed, is wasted, not utilized properly, or is simply lost in the process. With purchased energy taking up almost 14% of the overall manufacturing costs, incorporating greener solutions can prove extremely beneficial for any industrial glass manufacturing company. One can just imagine the quotas every firm can save with the necessary greener solutions.
Once again, being a mature industry, firms won’t take a lot of time to get back the investments that can go in energy-saving methods. Every industrial glass manufacturing company should incorporate energy management activities to keep a check on the actual consumption of energy that takes place.
Methods to incorporate for greener productions
The glass industry leaders can take up these methods in order to reduce energy consumption, indirectly decreasing the overall carbon emission per se.
1. Minimization of excess air and the proper positioning of the burner.
An industrial glass manufacturing company can pay attention to the burners that are used mainly for batch preparations. This way, the proper positioning can catalyze changes in the amount of natural gas used to melt one batch, thus acting as a step towards saving some energy.
2. Preheating the batch or cullet.
Being one of the most revolutionary methods to decrease energy usage, this method is highly advisable for energy consumption. This method involves heating the virgin cullet before sending it to the furnace for melting. This has a high probability of reducing energy consumption by almost 12-15% and shows promising prospects for the future!
3. Oxy-fuel furnaces.
This process incorporates the strategic use of oxygen-specific points while melting the cullet. This can help by reducing the ratio of consumption of energy per batch and hence can help in reducing the overall consumption of energy by lowering the places where wastage of energy was prevalent. Reducing the wasted energy can be a simple sentence but incorporating it in the process with different burners can prove tedious but definitely worth the results.
4. Increasing the use of recycled glass.
This process asks for the use of more recycled glass bits in the cullet that would help lower the fuel consumption for melting. This process uses the old recycled glass pieces and would not require the addition of a lot of the raw material, helping a great deal in reducing the process involved in converting the raw material into the product.
The use of these methods can help every industrial glass manufacturing company in reducing their energy costs and help increase profits because a major chunk of the expenses would go down significantly, and when it comes to Swastik industries, our forte of producing exclusive borosilicate glass products has given us a chance to incorporate these methods in our manufacturing. Our products are known for bringing the qualities of borosilicate into daily use and eventually aim at making it count among the most commonly used product material.