05/08/09 Latest Installations
Dubai – new SORG furnace reduces energy consumption by > 30 %
Can you imagine reducing specific energy consumption by more than 30 %. This is exactly what Jebel Ali Container Glass Factory in Dubai has achieved.
The factory operates a single furnace, and the previous design was a modified Unit Melter with recuperative combustion air preheating. For the recent furnace rebuild the decision was taken to install a SORG end-fired regenerative unit, although this entailed considerable civil work to provide sufficient space, especially for the regenerators.
The new furnace has a melting area of 130 m² and has already proved capable of melting the required 360 tons per day, with an excellent glass quality. Provision has been made for the future installation of a barrier booster, and so further melting capacity is available if required.
The decision to install a regenerative end-fired furnace was quickly justified when the specific energy consumption of the new furnace was found to be considerably more than 30 % lower than that of the original installation, and that despite a much better glass quality.
If you are interested in further details of this installation there will be an article about it in the October issue of GLASS INTERNATIONAL.