The Netherlands: Emission Reduction Praxair and Libbey Receive € 2.3 Million Grant for Emissions Reduction Project in Europe
Praxair and Libbey together have been awarded a € 2.3 million Life grant from the European Commission.
Danbury/USA — The Life program is the European Union’s financial instrument for supporting environmental, conservation and climate action projects. This grant is supporting the installation of the plant builder’s Optimelt thermochemical regenerator (TCR) system at Libbey’s glass melting facility in the Netherlands.
In April 2016, Praxair and Libbey, one of the largest glassware and tableware manufacturers globally, announced they would install the Optimelt TCR system as well as an on-site oxygen vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plant at Libbey’s facility. The system is designed to support a capacity realignment plan that reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by approximately 45 to 6 % and 30 to 40 % respectively, the manufacturer claims. Through Praxair’s proprietary TCR system, incoming natural gas is heated and reacts with a portion of the flue gas to produce a hot syngas fuel that recovers the waste heat stored in regenerators for more efficient combustion in the furnace. Both the Optimelt TCR system and oxygen supply are scheduled to start up in 2017.