Hydrogen Innovation Initiative welcomes Glass Futures as its newest partner

The Hydrogen Innovation Initiative (HII) has announced Glass Futures as its latest partner, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in the foundations industry to the programme.

Backed by Innovate UK, the Hydrogen Innovation Initiative is a consortium of industry, government, and academia creating an investible, globally competitive hydrogen technology and services sector in the UK. The partnership with Glass Futures will strengthen the range of expertise that HII brings to the hydrogen economy.

‘We are delighted to welcome Glass Futures as our newest strategic partner,” said Dr Katy Milne, Programme Director for the Hydrogen Innovation Initiative. “Having served on our Industrial Advisory Board, they have been a key part of HII since its inception. Their focus on decarbonising energy-intensive industries aligns perfectly with our vision of UK technology powering the global hydrogen economy – transforming UK industry into a net zero powerhouse.”

Glass Futures is revolutionising the removal of carbon from energy intensive industries. The research and technology, not-for-profit organisation connects the global glass industry with academia to demonstrate disruptive technologies that will decarbonise glass and foundation industries.

Over the last four years, Glass Futures, working collaboratively with its members and partners, has undertaken significant research into innovative solutions for decarbonising energy intensive industries.

“For us, this is an opportunity to collaborate closely with the other esteemed partners in this group, sharing learning, research and innovation across industries,” said Rob Ireson, Innovation and Partnerships Manager at Glass Futures. “The work HII has done to help build robust and resilient hydrogen technology supply chains is incredibly relevant to our work in reducing carbon from the glass and foundations industries.”

“Most ceramic kilns are fired using fossil fuels, collectively emitting 1.2Mt of CO2 per year, 60 per cent of which comes from the combustion of natural gas to heat kilns. As such hydrogen has the potential to reduce UK emissions by up to 780 kt CO2 per year. The glass and ceramic industries share common challenges when it comes to transitioning furnaces and kilns from natural gas to low-carbon hydrogen fuels. It makes sense for our two sectors to collaborate and pool resources and knowledge to develop solutions to these challenges.”

The Hydrogen Innovation Initiative launched it’s latest report, the UK Hydrogen Innovation Opportunity, alongside four supporting reports on April 24th. The report will cover the size and scale of the opportunity for the UK in the global hydrogen technology market. Extensive analysis and engagement with over 250 organisations, 12 industry associations and the HII Industrial Advisory board has fed into this report.

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