Dr Wei Deng is a Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University, working on the BEIS Project under the supervision of Prof Paul Bingham. Currently Wei’s research focuses on the energy and CO2 reduction in the glass industry. Wei has a lot of experience working closely with the glass industry. He has great interested in silicate glass, glass-ceramics science and engineering. Wei worked in Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) to support reginal business growth. He engaged and cooperated with different companies including but not limited to: Glass Technology Service (GTS), VitriTech, Ardagh, Refmet, Kansa, Chase Research Cryogenics and Wright Engineering. etc.. He also completed a project, entitled ‘’ Briquetting of recycled glass fines for energy and CO2 reduction in the glass industry” in 2017, which funded by Innovate UK (63406-429275) and EPSRC (EP/P510725/1) at Sheffield Hallam University, supervised by Prof Paul Bingham.

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Daniel J. Backhouse a, Richard Wright c, Chris Boden-Hook c, Alexander Wardlow b, Martyn Marshall b, Robert Ireson b, and Paul A. Bingham a a. Materials and Engineering Research Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
b. Glass Technology Services Ltd., 9 Churchill Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield, S35 2PY, UK
c. Wright Engineering Ltd, Blyth Road Worksop S81 8BP, UK

In line with the UK Glass Decarbonisation Roadmap 2050 project, which aims to reduce energy demand and CO2 emissions from glass manufacturing, a series of studies have been carried out so far and keep going. A by-product/waste arising during recycling of container glass: glass fines, which were briquetted and recycled as glass making raw materials for energy and CO2 saving. Relevant parameters including redox conditions and melting processes were controlled and it was demonstrated that the briquettes have no negative impact on final glass quality; Another research (Eviroglass1), funded by IUK, focused on exploratory research in alternative raw materials sources and reformulation for soda-lime-silica glasses. Identified alternative raw materials included biomass ash, eggshell, seashell and rice husk ash. These were reviewed, and a glass reformulation study for energy saving and emissions reducing was carried on float and green/amber container glasses. Based on the outcomes, a follow-on project, which focuses on optimising biomass ash to reduce environmental impact of amber / green container glass manufacturing, is underway. To date, a series of biomass bottom and fly ashes from different plants and its impact on amber and green container glasses have been researched.