Marcy Kaptur

01/31/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/31/2024 09:33

Kaptur Delivers $3 Million Award For NW Ohio Glass IndustryPress ReleaseTradeJobs and the EconomyEnergy

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), announced that the The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) has been selected by the US Department of Energy to receive a $3 Million award to fund research of advanced electric melting in glass manufacturing. The research is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help move the nation toward a net-zero economy. The GMIC project was one of 49 selected, totaling $171 Million in federal funding.

Partners on the project team are the Toledo Engineering Company (TECO), and CelSian, both located in Toledo, Ohio, RoMan Manufacturing in Wyoming, Michigan, and the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. The project team will bring together extensive expertise in glass manufacturing, electric melting, lab-scale experimentation, computer modeling, and engineering solutions. Results of the anticipated three-year project will be shared in publications, community outreach efforts, and at the annual Glass Problems Conference, organized by GMIC.

"As a region with a rich history in glass production, it is encouraging to see this $3 Million federal award from the Department of Energy come back to the Glass City and Northwest Ohio," said Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09). "This partnership between the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council and its partners and the Department of Energy is a major step forward for glass production that moves us toward further decarbonization and a sustainable future. Glass and derivative industries remain vital for Northwest Ohio. I am pleased to assist in efforts to help keep our region competitive and at the forefront of glass manufacturing for generations to come."

"The submission and selection of the GMIC-led application for DOE funding is a great step forward for the industry," said Marie Kistler, GMIC President and Market Manager in Air Products' Americas Strategic Marketing and Development organizaton. "The efforts of GMIC members and partners have led to increased recognition of the glass industry's important role in decarbonizing America's industrial sector and the project results will benefit glass producers across multiple sectors."

"Electric melting has been successfully used at a commercial scale to make high-quality, industrial glass," said Scott Cooper, Technical Director USA of CelSian, and principal investigator on the project. "However, some challenges have prevented its widespread adoption in higher-volume applications like container and flat glass production. Our project aims to address these challenges, advance electric melting technology for sustainable glass production, and provide viable options for the glass industry's journey toward a lower-carbon future."

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