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Tuesday 16 July 2024

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Tuesday 16 July 2024

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    An alliance for hydrogen: will the US glass industry be able to rise to the challenge?

    The need to accelerate the energy transition and the demand for sustainable processes, solutions and products are driving the glass industry towards a large use of hydrogen. Just a few weeks ago we presented H2GLASS: the European project for the decarbonisation of glass based on the potential offered by green hydrogen. And even across the Atlantic, the response was not long in coming.

    The project

    US glassmakers have been encouraged to join a hydrogen production hub. Currently OI, Libbey, NSG, Johns Manville, along with the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC), have indicated that they will participate in such a proposal. The hope is that an increasing number of companies will join the program in order to obtain government funding, close to a billion dollars, capable of supporting and advancing the project.

    Government support

    Dr. GMIC President Scott Cooper outlined the proposal at the Energy Decarbonization in Glass Manufacturing Workshop at the XNUMXrd Glass Challenges/Concerns Conference.
    This intervention took into account the US government's desire to form hydrogen hubs on US soil, as part of theInfrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)
    Indeed, the government has allocated $8 billion for the development of these regional centers in order to demonstrate the viability of the hydrogen value chain in production, processing, delivery, storage and end-use.

    Dr. Cooper plans to create a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 hubs, financed 50% by the government and the remainder by industries and contributions in kind (installation of technologies and equipment useful for the use of hydrogen within individual plants).

    Inter and intra-sector unit

    The complete proposals must be presented to the government by 23 April. It is not difficult to understand how, from a decarbonisation perspective, the most advantageous solution for the glass sector is to present itself compact, pro-active and courageous against an epochal change. atunity of purpose of the glass supply chain however, it will be combined with a productive dialogue with the entire manufacturing sector, in order to create a lasting synergy devoted to one shared and sustainable development


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