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Energy Assessment Protocol for Glass Furnaces
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The Department of Energy funded development of a methodology that could be used by glass producers to increase furnace efficiency, and that could serve as a model for other energy-intensive industries. Accordingly, a team comprising PPG Industries, Eclipse, and DIAL at Mississippi State University developed and demonstrated the use of an energy assessment protocol for oxy-fuel fired glass furnaces. The protocol identifies potential opportunities for energy savings, based on a structured evaluation of the operating furnace, and then confirms the effectiveness of any changes made. Application of the protocol resulted in a 10% improvement in energy transfer into the glass or a 2.6% energy improvement in overall furnace efficiency. It is estimated that energy savings of at least 6% could result if all of the recommendations arising from use of the protocol are implemented, resulting in cost savings of greater than $200,000 per year.
Plodinec, M. J.; Kauffman, B. M.; Norton, O. P.; Richards, C.; Connors, J.; Wishnick, D. (2005). Energy Assessment Protocol for Glass Furnaces. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from