Energy leadership and expertise

We have a proven track record of supporting a range of organisations across the energy sector. Utilising our knowledge of glass materials, gathered across a wide range of application areas, we have the capability to work with customers to solve diverse range of challenges. We’re focused on delivering business results for customers and can act quickly to support projects all the way from concept to commercialisation.

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Chris Holcroft

Chris Holcroft

Principal Technologist
Chris joined Glass Technology Services in 2005 and has expertise in environmental process improvement, resource efficiency, recycling and circular economy. He is also involved with the development, manufacture, and practical applications of novel glass products. Read More

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Dr Owen McGann

Dr Owen McGann

Principal Technologist
Owen McGann has over ten years of experience in glass materials. He has led and participated in world leading research with a specific focus in photonic materials and waste thermal treatment. Read More
Dr Marlin Magallanes

Dr Marlin Magallanes

Principal Technologist
Marlin has been working in the field of glass since 2006. As a Principal Technologist she oversees our bio-medical projects, as well as managing links with academic partners. Read More

Areas of expertise:

Glass and glass-ceramic materials for biomedical applications Glass manufacturing process Glass characterisation
Andrew Broadhurst

Andrew Broadhurst

Senior Technologist
Andrew has been at Glass Technology Services since 2012 and works a Senior Technologist within the Product Performance Team. He is involved with routine fitness for purpose testing as well as more complex and bespoke testing and also the failure analysis of all types of glass samples. Read More
Martyn Marshall

Martyn Marshall

Melting and R&D Lead
Martyn has over 30 years’ experience in the design, development and production of silicate and non-silicate glasses for both commercial and scientific use, working globally with glassmakers. Read More

Energy services

Bespoke glass development and manufacture

Bespoke glass development and manufacture

Our experts can advance the commercialisation of your products through research and development and large-scale trials. We have the unique capability to manufacture glass compositions on the scale of grams to tonnes.       

We develop and produce glass materials with properties designed to meet your specific requirements, including

  • oil and gas and carbon capture – creating controlled dissolution glasses to increase rock formation integrity, and developing the manufacturing process for trials in the field
  • nuclear – developing viable glasses for use in nuclear waste thermal treatment
  • biomass – developing glass compositions using waste ashes
     

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Fitness for purpose testing

Fitness for purpose testing

We analyse and advise on components for renewable energy technologies, ensuring they are fit for your requirements

Our experts conduct audits of production lines, assess the suitability of designs and undertake testing to ensure critical parts meet specifications. This ensures they adhere to your environmental and health and safety regulations, and prevents failure during use or operation.

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Supporting process development

Our knowledge in glass materials, production and processing supports the development of important industrial processes across the energy sector. We are the leading authority on glass materials and glass contact materials, with an unrivalled breadth of expertise and facilities to support your projects.

Materials characterisation

We can characterise the properties of a wide range of materials to ensure your product specifications are met and they are fit for purpose. Using our advanced equipment and years of expertise, we can determine properties relevant to energy applications such as the dissolution rate, composition, thermal properties and durability.  

Finite element analysis (FEA) modelling of thermal processes

Through FEA modelling, we can simulate a range of critical processes across various scales, providing detailed information about heat transfer, thermal distribution, thermo-mechanical effects and mechanical stresses. This provides you with crucial insights related to design and new process development.  

Additional services

R&D and innovation

We have unrivalled glass expertise across a broad range of sectors and can help you develop and optimise your scientific glass applications.

Training and webinars

Our in-house and external training courses teach organisations about various areas of glass production, such as packaging, analysis, and performance.

Consultancy

Our technical experts can provide you with market advantage, knowledge and technical input to processes or products, or develop entirely new and innovative glass formulations, uses or treatments.

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