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Title: Development/Demonstration of an Advanced Oxy-Fuel Front-End System

Owens Corning and other glass manufacturers have used oxy-fuel combustion technology successfully in furnaces to reduce emissions, increase throughput, reduce fuel consumption and, depending on the costs of oxygen and fuel, reduce energy costs. The front end of a fiberglass furnace is the refractory channel system that delivers glass from the melter to the forming process. After the melter, it is the second largest user of energy in a fiberglass plant. A consortium of glass companies and suppliers, led by Owens Corning, was formed to develop and demonstrate oxy/fuel combustion technology for the front end of a fiberglass melter, to demonstrate the viability of this energy saving technology to the U.S. glass industry, as a D.O.E. sponsored project. The project goals were to reduce natural gas consumption and CO2 green house gas emissions by 65 to 70% and create net cost savings after the purchase of oxygen to achieve a project payback of less than 2 years. Project results in Jackson, TN included achieving a 56% reduction in gas consumption and CO2 emissions. A subsequent installation in Guelph ON, not impacted by unrelated operational changes in Jackson, achieved a 64% reduction. Using the more accurate 64% reduction in the paybackmore » calculation yielded a 2.2 year payback in Jackson. The installation of the demonstration combustion system saves 77,000 DT/yr of natural gas or 77 trillion Btu/yr and eliminates 4500 tons/yr of CO2 emissions. This combustion system is one of several energy and green house gas reduction technologies being adopted by Owens Corning to achieve aggressive goals relating to the company’s global facility environmental footprint.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
920098
Report Number(s):
DOEGO13091
TRN: US200807%%536
DOE Contract Number:
FC36-03GO13091
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Owens Corning
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) - (EE-20); US - Atomic Energy Commission
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; COMBUSTION; ENERGY ACCOUNTING; FIBERGLASS; FUEL CONSUMPTION; FURNACES; GLASS; GLASS INDUSTRY; MANUFACTURERS; NATURAL GAS; OXYGEN; VIABILITY; oxy-fuel; combustion; glass; front end; fiberglass; energy reduction; CO2; green house gas reduction; Owens Corning