Guardian agrees hydrogen deal

Ryze Hydrogen has signed a long-term deal to provide hydrogen to Guardian Glass.

Ryze, which earlier this year became a member of the not-for-profit organisation Glass Futures, to explore the role hydrogen can play in reducing the glass industry’s carbon emissions, will provide hydrogen to Guardian’s plant in Goole, East Yorkshire. It will be used as a technical gas during the float glass process.

Chris Duguid, plant manager from Guardian Glass, said: “Hydrogen is vital to our float glass production process. Hydrogen is used to create an oxygen-free environment as a blanket to avoid oxidation of the tin onto which we float molten glass.

“As this is needed 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year, it is absolutely critical that we partner with a reliable supplier, which is what we have with Ryze.”

Alex Webster, head of business development – Industrial, at Ryze, added: “This is a significant deal for us and we very much look forward to working with Guardian Glass and providing a reliable supply of hydrogen to them, as we continue to work with the glass industry to see how we can help them develop innovative hydrogen-based technologies, which will help them further reduce their carbon emissions.”

Guardian Glass operates 24 float glass lines around the world and serves 160 countries across five continents.