Praxair, Inc. has signed a contract with Libbey, one of the largest glassware and tableware manufacturers globally, to supply it with Praxair’s OPTIMELT thermochemical regenerator (TCR) system.

The company has also entered into a long­term contract with Libbey to deliver oxygen (O2) to its glass melting facility in the Netherlands through a non-cryogenic, vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) system.

Both the OPTIMELT TCR system and the 60 tonnes per day (tpd) VPSA O2 on­site supply system are scheduled to start up in 2017.

Todd Skare, Chief Technology Officer at Praxair, said of the deal, “The combination of Praxair’s innovative OPTIMELT technology and VPSA O2 supply system enables productivity gains in operating cost and specific energy, as well as emissions reductions, all of which help achieve Libbey’s sustainability goals.”

The OPTIMELT TCR system uses natural gas, which 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. The system to be installed at Libbey will be designed to reduce natural gas consumption and flue gas carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 20%.

Terry Hartman, Vice President of Engineering at Libbey, is enthusiastic about the new technology, stating, “Designing this new furnace and installing Praxair’s technology requires a collaborative team approach between our two companies and will enable Libbey to lead change in the glass industry.”

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