The Future of Glass Recycling: EVERGLASS General Assembly Meeting in Trenčín, Slovakia 

Trenčín [June 26, 2024]The journey of transforming glass waste into valuable products using laser technology continues, driven by the shared vision and dedication of the EVERGLASS team. 

In the picturesque town of Trencín, Slovakia, the EVERGLASS General Assembly took place on June 25 and 26, gathering experts and researchers from across Europe to discuss the past achievements and future plans of the project. Hosted by the FunGlass research group, the meeting was a hub of scientific exchange, collaborative spirit, and forward-thinking strategies.  

Day 1: Immersing in Innovation at FunGlass 

The first day of the assembly was marked by an in-depth introduction to the host institution. Researchers and scientists from the FunGlass Centre showcased their cutting-edge research activities, highlighting the various departments and their work. Participants were treated to an extensive lab tour, witnessing firsthand the facilities and projects that make FunGlass a leader in the field of glass research. 

Representatives from Vigo University, European Science Communication Institute, ACTALIA, Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM, and CSIC – Institute of Ceramics and Glass joined the meeting and tour. The exchange of ideas and methodologies set the stage for the technical discussions that would follow. 

Day 2: Strategising for Success 

The second day shifted focus towards the core objectives of the EVERGLASS project. The morning sessions were dedicated to project management, communication, dissemination, and exploitation strategies. The aim was to ensure that the project’s findings and innovations reach a broad audience and have a significant impact on the industry. 

Technical discussions took centre stage later in the day, delving into the specifics of conditioning glass waste, converting it into glass powder, and utilising laser-morphing technology to transform this powder into new glass products. The intricate process of mathematical modeling to optimise these conversions was also a key discussion topic. The validation procedures for EVERGLASS products and future approach was also discussed, to ensure the project meets high standards of quality. 

A final critical component of the discussions was the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), which evaluates the environmental feasibility of the new recycling method. Ensuring the prototype’s sustainability and economic viability is crucial for the project’s long-term success. 

Collaborative Synergy and Future Outlook 

The meeting culminated in a series of dynamic discussions on how to bring the EVERGLASS prototype to life. Each partner brought their unique expertise to the table, fostering a collaborative environment. The synergy between different areas of expertise—from research and development to communication and management—was palpable, underscoring the strength of the EVERGLASS consortium. 

As the assembly concluded, it was clear that the groundwork laid during these two days would propel the EVERGLASS project towards achieving its ambitious goals. The commitment to innovation, sustainability, and collaboration was evident, promising a bright future for the project.