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New research into decarbonising the UK Glass sector through biofuels

30 November 2022

Tyndall Centre researchers Andrew Welfle and Muir Freer collaborated with Glass Futures to investigate the feasibility of decarbonising the UK Glass Sector.

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The UK glass sector has high energy demands, as manufacturing processes operate continually 24 hours a day all year round. Biofuels may provide alternative drop-in fuel options to decarbonise energy demands. This research identifies the key categories of UK biomass resource that may provide opportunities for the future glass sector based on the regional distribution of glass manufacturing and available biomass.

Findings identify opportunities for generating biofuels from the agricultural sector – particularly animal wastes! Utilisation of waste materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill would provide large climate change benefits.

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