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Sustainable Glass Industry with Fuel-Flexible Technology

Project description

Advancing the glass industry with fuel-flexible technology

Europe, a global leader in glass manufacturing, addresses the industry’s substantial energy and CO2 footprints. The EU-funded GIFFT project aims to bridge the gap between current energy-intensive practices and a more eco-friendly approach, reducing reliance on traditional fuels. This approach uses plasma-assisted combustion and gasification systems while leveraging biofuels, waste, and renewable electricity to produce syngas, a significantly cleaner fuel alternative. These innovations promise to broaden the range of usable materials, enhance technological efficiency, and lower operational costs, representing a significant step towards greener glass production. The project includes thorough evaluations of economic viability and environmental impacts.


Europe is the world leader in glass making, a highly energy-intensive industry that emits high amounts of CO2. The past century has seen improvements in the production process, but they are now approaching their limits. The objective of GIFFT is to develop a sustainable, hybrid, and biofuel flexible heat production technology and process that can be integrated into industrial glass manufacturing through efficient use of plasma-assisted combustion and gasification systems. An integrated heat production technology and process for glass manufacturing will be developed utilising biomass/waste and excess or cheap renewable electricity for syngas production, what will contribute to Europe’s progress and leadership for bioenergy integration into industrial settings. GIFFT will then develop and validate in an industrially relevant environment a fuel flexible entrained flow gasifier (EFG) with a novel e-gasification function and a new plasma-assisted fuel flexible gas burner for hybrid operation in glass furnaces. This will help diversify feedstock and improve the technological performance as well as cost reduction of bioenergy, ensuring a better circularity and increased use of renewables. The techno-economic feasibility and environmental impact of the technology will also be assessed to confirm that GIFFT contributes to an increased sustainability of biomass combustion and gasification and bioenergy value chains while reducing emissions.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 052 125,00
Breslaujos g. 3
LT-44403 Kaunas

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Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 052 125,00

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