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Air Products recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Air Products Brasil, has built, placed on stream, and is operating an air separation plant that provides nitrogen and oxygen for Guardian Industries' new float glass manufacturing plant in Tatui, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Air Products Brasil is also supplying hydrogen, via an on-site plant, and a Cleanfire® HRi™ burner system for Guardian's new float glass line.
“We were able to demonstrate that significant operational benefits, specifically fuel savings, can be achieved with the grouped offering we presented to Guardian,” said Bob Lewis, global marketing manager for Generated Gases at Air Products. “The combination of our technologies and reliable supply of essential industrial gases can provide Guardian with the most efficient way, both operationally and environmentally, to produce float glass from its new production line. These technologies can continue to provide benefits in the future, as higher fuel and energy costs are anticipated.”
Air Products Brasil's construction of an air separation unit to produce nitrogen and oxygen is part of the bundled product offering for Guardian Tatui. Air Products Brasil is also operating an on-site steam methane reformer (SMR) to produce hydrogen for Guardian's facility. Air Products' on-site hydrogen product offerings were enhanced in 2008 through the acquisition of Harvest Energy Technology and its patented SMR technology.
In a addition, Air Products' Cleanfire HRi burner advanced oxy-fuel boost application has been integrated into Guardian's new glass production plant. “This technology delivers higher-efficiency melting that reduces the amount of fuel consumed to produce each ton of glass. It also reduces the amount of pollutant emissions by delivering a flat flame geometry that incorporates oxygen staging technology,” said Kevin Lievre, global glass segment market manager at Air Products. “Customers using this Cleanfire application can expect to increase glass quality, boost production, and decrease emissions of NOx, SOx, CO2, and particulate matter.”
For more information, visit www.airproducts.com or www.guardian.com.