FReSMe project - From Residual Steel Gases to Methanol
Carbon Recycling International (CRI) and a consortium of European industrial firms and research institutions have been awarded an €11 million grant under the EU’s Horizon 2020 program to implement CRI’s Emissions-to-Liquids technology in a Swedish steel manufacturing plant, demonstrating how residual blast furnace gases can be turned into liquid fuel. The project, entitled FreSMe will be implemented in the Swerea MEFOS facility in Luleå, Sweden.
Steel manufacturing is associated with a number of byproducts, including carbon dioxide (CO2) as well as more energy rich gas which is used for steam and electricity production. Capturing and utilizing surplus energy and CO2 in a the conversion process developed by CRI will recycle greenhouse gas emissions in the form of methanol, a versatile chemical commodity and increasingly used as liquid fuel for cars and ships.
The low carbon intensity methanol produced from the carbon capture and synthesis plant will be utilized by one of the consortium partners, Swedish ferry operator Stena which operates the world’s first methanol fueled passenger ferry, the Stena Germanica.
The FReSMe project will leverage infrastructure from the Stepwise research project, at the Swerea MEFOS facility in Luleå, which separates CO2 from blast furnace gas and from the MefCO2 project which demonstrates how CRI’s technology can utilize intermittent renewable electricity sources.
In addition to CRI, Swerea MEFOS, SSAB and Stena over half a dozen industrial firms and research institutes from six European countries will participate in the FreSMe consortium. Other partners include Tata Steel Netherlands, Kisuma Chemicals (Netherlands), Array Industries (Netherlands) and leading Dutch research institute ECN.