Praxair, Inc. has been awarded a multi-million-dollar grant for its role in an emissions reduction programme in Europe.

Together with glass tableware manufacturer Libbey Inc., the €2.3m ($2.4m) grant from the European Commission will support the installation of Praxair’s OPTIMELT® thermochemical regenerator (TCR) system at Libbey’s glass melting facility in the Netherlands.

As announced in April 2016, the Tier One player will install its OPTIMELT TCR system, as well as an onsite oxygen (O2) vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plant, at Libbey’s European site.

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Source: Praxair, Inc.

Praxair’s OPTIMELT® thermochemical regenerator (TCR) system.

Praxair’s system is designed to support Libbey’s capacity realignment plan that aims to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by approximately 45-60% and 30-40%, respectively.

Through the company’s proprietary OPTIMELT 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 60 tonnes per day (TPD) VPSA O2 onsite supply system are scheduled to start up later this year.

Todd Skare, Chief Technology Officer at Praxair, said that its technology will help Libbey achieve its sustainability goals and added, “At Praxair, we are achieving our mission of making our planet more productive through the development of technologies that reduce emissions, save energy and lessen our reliance on natural resources.”

The LIFE programme, which funded the grant, is the EU’s financial instruments for supporting environmental, conservation and climate action projects.