Boussois float plant (France) celebrates 120th anniversary
The Boussois float glass plant in northern France celebrated 120 years of operation on Friday, 1 June. The ceremony was attended by District Sub-Prefect Alexander Grimaud and numerous representatives of the worlds of politics and industry and of the press. A magnificent cake measuring 180 x 40 cm in the form of a complete float line was baked specially for the occasion!
The plant is now the largest French producer of flat glass, with two float lines and a total capacity of more than 1,300 tonnes per day. Employing some 230 people it specialises in production of clear glass (Planibel Clearlite) and glass with high light transmission (Planibel Clearvision) for the construction industry and the indoor furnishings market. The plant recently distinguished itself with production of XXL glass sheets having an outsize length of 16 metres (compared with the industry standard of 6 metres) for prestige architectural projects.
Apart from these products the plant previously demonstrated its innovative capabilities in 2008 when it was the first in the world to introduce oxycombustion1 into its process, with the combustion gas pre-heated by heat recovered from the flue gases. This system led to a reduction in energy consumption by around 25% along with significant reductions in atmospheric emissions: 15% less carbon dioxide (CO2), 38% less sulphur dioxide (SO2) and 83% less nitrogen oxides (NOx), making it one of the most ecological in the world.
1: Instead of being fed with ordinary air the furnace operates with 100% pure oxygen. Since ordinary air contains only 20% oxygen and 80% nitrogen, oxycombustion prevents burning nitrogen which only wastes energy and does not contribute to the process.
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