84th GPC Program Schedule

Tuesday, November 7, 2023



8:00 a.m. — 8:45 a.m.       EXHIBITS OPEN

8:45 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.       WELCOME

Scott Cooper, President Glass Manufacturing Industry Council; Kerry Ward, Executive Director, Glass Manufacturing Industry Council

9:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.     PROGRAM TRACK: MELTING & CONTROLS

Kenneth Bratton, Manager of, Research and Development, Bucher Emhart Glass; Eric Dirlam, Master Furnace Engineer, SSOE Group

9:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.       Accelerated Melting and Homogenization for Single-Melter – Multi-Forehearth Processes; S.K. Sundaram, PhD, Program Director, Alfred University

9:30 a.m. — 10:00a.m.      SORG’s Hybrid Furnace – the “CLEAN-MELTER®” Dirk Schnurpfeil, Research and Development Manager, Nikolas SORG GmbH & Co KG

10:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.   Melting Technologies for Low iron PV Glass: Recent Advancements; Wolf Kuhn, Chief Expert Glass Process, Fives Group

10:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.   BREAK & EXHIBITS

11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.   PROGRAM TRACK: COMBUSTION

Program Chairs: Glenn Neff, Vice President, Glass Service USA; Jan Schep, Melting Strategist Refractory and Steel, O-I

11:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.   Improved Process Automation for Regenerators; Neil Simpson, President, Simpson Combustion & Energy, Ltd.

11:30 a.m. — 12:00 noon   Integrated Burner Technology and Oxygen Supply for Glass Melting: A Step Towards Sustainability and Decarbonization; Michael Gallagher, PhD, Lead Engineer, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

12:00 p.m. — 12:30 p.m.   Regenerator Modeling for Energy Optimization; Rui Carneiro, CFD Engineer, CelSian

12:30 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.     LUNCH AND EXHIBITING

2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.       PROGRAM TRACK: DECARBONIZATION

Session Chairs: Shrikar Chakravarti, Associate Director, Glass Business Development, Linde, Inc.; Erik M. Helin, Sr. Research Engineer, Johns Manville

2:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.       Integrated Solutions for Air Pollution Control, Waste Heat Recovery and CO2 Capture for Glass Melting Furnaces; Alessandro Monteforte, CEO, K2-CO2

2:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.       The Potential to Decarbonize the Glass Industry Using Hydrogen and Biofuel Technologies, Bridget Stewart, PhD, Sr. Projects Manager, Glass Futures

3:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.       Optionality in Decarbonizing Glass; Sarah Eastman, Global Account Manager, Shell

3:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.       BREAK AND EXHIBITS

4:00 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.       Glass Melting of the Future Operation of a Hybrid Glass Furnace Melter with a High Degree of Electric Usage: Erik Muijsenberg, Vice President, Glass Service, Inc.

4:30 p.m. — 5:00p.m.        True Carbon Neutrality in Glass, Brian Naveken, Manager of Technology, Toledo Engineering Company

7:30 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.     HOSPITALITY SUITES

Wednesday, November 8, 2023


8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.       EXHIBITS OPEN

9:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.     PROGRAM TRACK: EMISSIONS CONTROL

Program Chair: Daniel Johnson, Glass Process Engineer, Libbey, Inc.; Larry McCloskey, Consultant, Anchor Hocking

9:00 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.       Monitoring Ceramic Filter Health to Realize More than 15 Years of Operational Life; Ian Chisem, Technical Director, Ceramic Filter Alliance, LLC

9:30 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.     Catalytic Ceramic Filter Systems – 12 Years After the First Installation; Rod Gravley, President, Precision Partners, LLC

10:00 a.m. — 10:30 a.m.   Historical Operations of Optical Monitoring in Glass and it’s Bright Future; Gary Cacciatore, Engineer, Cemtek KVB-Enertec

10:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.   BREAK AND EXHIBITS

11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.   PROGRAM TRACK: ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Program Chairs: Jong Han, Senior Engineer, II, Owens Corning; Justin Wang, Senior Process Engineer, Guardian Industries

11:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.   Double Digit Energy Savings with Batch and Cullet Pre-heating. The ABP® 2.0 and it’s Recent Installations, Volker Maier, Head of Sales, Zippe Industrieanlagen GmbH

11:30 a.m. — 12:00 noon   Advanced ORC WHR System with Radial Outflow Turbine Technology for Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization Improvements in the Glass Industry: Andrea De Finis, Sales Manager Heat Recovery, Exergy International Srl

12:00 p.m. — 12:30 p.m.   Hot & Cold Repair Solutions for Glass Furnaces; Cyril Linnot, SEFPRO Care Unit Manager, SEFPRO

12:30 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.     LUNCH and EXHIBITS

2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.       PROGRAM TRACK: SUSTAINABILITY

Program Chairs:  Jim Uhlik, Vice President of Technical Services, Toledo Engineering Company, David Girvan, Vice President, Vitro Architectural Glass

2:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.       Modern Glass Recycling Plants, Thomas Wesian, Product Manager, Binder+Co

2:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m.       Development and Evaluation of Hydrogen-Oxygen Burner for Glass Melting Furnaces, Yoshiyuki Hagihara, General Manager, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Co.

3:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.       Energy Efficiency Improvement by Blending Green Fuels with Natural Gas, Hisashi Kobayashi, Senior Corporate Fellow, Linde, Inc.

3:30 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.       Criticality of Glass in the Deployment of Solar for Decarbonization; Hope Wikoff, Research Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

4:00 p.m.                           CONFERENCE WRAP-UP