FReSMe project, funded by H2020 EU program, aims to demonstrate the whole process that enables the CO2 captured from the steel industry to produce methanol fuel that will be used as fuel in the ship transportation sector.

The project integrates the technology coming from 2 previous EU funded projects: STEPWISE, that is focused on the CO2 capture, and MefCO2, that improves the technology to produce methanol from CO2. The concept will be demonstrated in an industrial environment. The Methanol fuel produced will be applied in an end-user demonstration.

FReSMe aims to contribute to use green methanol fuel and to achieve the EC ambitious targets for renewable energy use in 2020 and 2030 increasing its energy security and sovereignty by reducing fossil fuel imports.

The implementation of FReSMe encompasses:

  • Lab developments supporting the technology improvement
  • Modelling and simulation in order to optimize the processes
  • Pilot plan construction and test campaigns implementation
  • Life cycle analysis to evaluate the actual reduction achieves on GHG emissions
  • End user demonstration using the methanol produced in a Ferry (line Gothenburg – Kiel)


Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020), aims to drive development in Europe and to create a sustainable economic growth. Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by coupling research to innovation and focusing on three key areas: excellent science, industrial leadership, and societal challenges.


The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is the successor of the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA), which was created by the European Commission in 2006 to manage the technical and financial implementation of its TEN-T programme. INEA's main objective is to increase the efficiency of the technical and financial management of the programmes it manages.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727504.


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