RETOS VICASA-TECNOLOGÍAS AVANZADAS PARA LA SUPERVISIÓN DE LA COMBUSTIÓN Y EFICIENCIA DE INERCAMBIADORES REGENERATIVOS EN HORNOS DE VIDRIO
Dates: February 2014 – May 2018
Grant agreement number: RTC-2014-1570-5
The e-GLASS project will focus on improving the competitiveness and sustainability of the manufacturing process of the glass containers of the company VERALLIA, belonging to the Saint Gobain industrial group, and one of the largest producers of this product worldwide.
To this end, the project will focus, on the one hand, on increasing the efficiency of combustion in the glass melting furnace. On the other hand, advanced techniques will be developed for detecting and cleaning waste in the flue gas heat exchange equipment, achieving optimum recovery of the thermal energy contained in them.
All this will allow a more efficient, rational and environmentally sustainable use of the energy invested in the production process.
The main objective of the project is to develop a set of technologies aimed at improving the thermal efficiency of the glass bottle manufacturing process.
In this way, the consumption of natural gas in the manufacturing furnaces will be reduced, reducing production costs and thus increasing the company’s competitiveness in the video sector.
In environmental terms, a reduction in the consumption of fossil resources will be achieved and, consequently, a reduction in the emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
CIRCE, at the forefront of technologies and knowledge in the field of thermal systems and pollutant reduction, will act as a key partner in this project, leading some of its activities and collaborating closely with VERALLIA for the development of the activities it leads.
CIRCE will play a fundamental role in all activities related to the control and optimization of the combustion process in the furnace, with activities ranging from the implementation of detailed combustion models and heat transfer to the development of advanced flame visualization techniques in the process conditions.
With regard to heat exchangers, a key element in glass production plants, CIRCE will lead the activities aimed at the detection and selective location of waste, both through the application of commercial instrumentation and through the application of innovative 2D visualization techniques. It will also investigate the causes and mechanisms by which waste is deposited in these exchangers.