The trial is taking place at Pilkington UK’s St Helens facility, where the natural gas, normally used in the manufacturing process, will be completely replaced with hydrogen.
The facility has a long glass production history since 1826.
The project aims to demonstrate how feasible is to decarbonise energy-intensive industries such as glass manufacturing with hydrogen.
The so-called ‘HyNet Industrial Fuel Switching’ scheme is led by the project development firm Progressive Energy, with hydrogen being provided by BOC.
The programme was awarded funding of £5.3 million from BEIS through its Energy Innovation Programme in February 2020.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “Just as we led the first industrial revolution, our region is leading the green one too. HyNet has the potential to be a transformative project for our region, cutting carbon emissions across the North West by 25% and helping us take big a step towards our climate targets.”