i-deals will coordinate the FReSMe project, which aims to generate green fuel from CO2 emissions produced by the steel industry. This initiative, funded by the European Union with a budget of 11 million euros, will result in the production of an alternative fuel, methanol, which can be used in shipping or mixed with conventional fuels such as petrol. The project includes a demonstration of the use of this fuel in a commercial ferry from Sweden.
The project is framed within the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, which drives innovation in European Union countries through projects from basic research through to near-to-market developments.
Clean energy sources from CO2 thanks to FReSMe
The aim of FReSMe is to transform the CO2 from emissions from the steel industry into renewable fuel such as methanol; thus strengthening European producers’ competitiveness and reducing the EU’s dependence on fossil fuels.
To implement the transformation process, FReSMe leverages the technologies already developed in two previous European projects; STEPWISE and MefCO2. The first focuses on developing new technologies for CO2 capture and the second on methanol synthesis from renewable energy sources.
i-deals will lead the European consortium that implements this technology and will involve companies, research centres and universities from Iceland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Italy. Specifically, together with everis, participants in the project include the Netherlands-ECN Energy Research Centre, Swerea Mefos, Carbon Recycling International, National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia, SSAB EMEA, Stena Rederi, Kisuma Chemicals, Tata Steel, Array Industries and the Polytechnic University of Milan. The project will take place over four years.