With a lower upfront capital investment, lower energy consumption, smaller equipment size, and greater operating flexibility, SCM technology is viable as an alternative to traditional glass melting systems. It has the potential to consume less energy and lower emissions at 80% lower capital cost. Instead of a single large tank melter, the new process being developed by the GTI and industry team comprises several segments—high-intensity melting, homogenization, rapid refining, and heat recovery. An industrial licensee of the SCM technology has recently started a proprietary material production plant using this revolutionary technology and negotiations are ongoing with several other licensees.
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