SCHOTT receives funding to develop climate-friendly glass production

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SCHOTT receives funding to develop climate-friendly glass production

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, Mainz, Germany

  • German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU) grant supports technological change to reduce carbon emissions

  • EUR 5 million grant will support research into glass melting using green electric heating

  • Subsidies will help SCHOTT significantly reduce its carbon emissions

In fall 2020, specialty glass maker SCHOTT announced plans to become climate neutral by 2030. Technological change plays a central role in a four-pronged action plan. Today SCHOTT received two grants totaling 4.5 million euros from German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze to support the development of climate-friendly glass melting processes. The funding comes from the “Decarbonization in Industry” grant program of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment.

Melting glass is energy intensive. SCHOTT is developing new technologies to replace fossil fuel natural gas with electricity from renewable sources. Photo: SCHOTT

Government grants will be used for two development projects that aim to replace natural gas, a fossil fuel, with electricity from renewable energy sources to heat the company’s glass melting units in the future. . With the new technologies, SCHOTT plans to substantially reduce its carbon emissions.

“Technological transformation is our biggest challenge on the road to climate neutrality. It forces us to fundamentally rethink glass production and to make revolutionary innovations. In particular, we focus on electrification through green electricity and hydrogen technology. Government research funding will help support our efforts in this area. That is why we are very grateful to have received these grants, ”explained Dr Frank Heinricht, Chairman of the Board of SCHOTT.

The first development project focuses on the process for melting pharmaceutical glass, which is used, for example, in the manufacture of vials for COVID-19 vaccines. Here, research funding amounts to approximately 784,000 euros. The second project concerns the process of melting special glasses used in technical applications. Here, the subsidy amounts to 3.72 million euros.

Specialty glass is melted at temperatures up to 1700 degrees Celsius. Since glass melting is a very complex process, the development of new technologies in this field is associated with great challenges.

SCHOTT wants to achieve the ambitious goal of climate neutrality through an action plan with four fields of action. In addition to technological changes, these include the continuous improvement of energy efficiency, the switch to 100% green electricity and the compensation of unavoidable residual emissions.

Pioneer – responsible – together

These attributes characterize SCHOTT as a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on special glass. Founder Otto Schott is considered its inventor and has become the pioneer of an entire industry. Always opening up new markets and applications with a pioneering spirit and passion – this has been the driving force behind #glasslovers at SCHOTT for over 130 years. Represented in 34 countries, the company is a highly qualified partner for high-tech industries: Healthcare, Home Appliances and Life, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductors and Datacom, Optics, Industry and Energy, Automotive, Astronomy and Aerospace. In fiscal year 2020, its 16,500 employees generated sales of 2.24 billion euros. With the best teams, supported by the best digital tools, the group intends to continue to develop. SCHOTT AG is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the oldest foundations in Germany. It uses the Group’s dividends to promote science. As a founding company, SCHOTT has deeply rooted responsibility towards employees, society and the environment in its DNA. The goal is to become a climate neutral company by 2030.

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