After almost 5 years of hard work and cooperation among the eleven partners of the Consortium, the FReSme project is now coming to an end. Due to the current situation the final event took place virtually uniting a sound audience audience that included representatives from the European Commission, local authorities from Luleå (Sweden), where the methanol production pilot was conducted and invitees from the academia and the industry among others.
It is well known that steel production accounts for 6-8% of the global emissions. Primary steel production is a highly efficient process but between 1.6 and 2 tons of CO2 are emitted per ton of steel produced. The European Commission has targeted the steel sector as one of its key priorities for technology research and innovation with the aim of developing efficient and decarbonised industrial processes. FReSMe project builds on the successes from two projects, STEPWISE and MefCO2, to develop scalable and competitive carbon capture and utilisation technology.
After almost 5 years of research and a successful test campaign, the consortium achieved its last major milestone. Low carbon methanol produced from blast furnace gases successfully powered Stena Germanica ship connecting Gothenburg and Kiel on the 22nd of June. The demonstration coincided with the FReSMe project final event in which the project main results were presented.
During the event, Ms. Maria Georgiadou (EC General Director Research & Innovation; Clean Energy Transition - Renewable fuels, Biofuels and Bioenergy), gave relevant insights into the future implementation of renewable fuels, introduced some of the most relevant Research & Innovation policies and highlighting the fact that energy is the fuel of the economy and the economic activity.
In addition, Ms. Susanne Friberg, County of Administrative Board of Norrbotten & Head of Business and Development, shared with the audience some of the most relevant industrial energy transition activities that are currently taking place in Northern Sweden.
After these words, the FReSMe partners presented the project results and explained why the technology developed in the FReSMe project is highly scalable and can be deployed in existing steel mills while methanol sales provide a more attractive business case for steel producers. Again, methanol is a highly versatile chemical with multiple applications and one of its potential applications is as clean marine fuel replacing fossil fuels. We were so happy to let the world know that the methanol produced using FReSMe technology cleared the last hurdle by powering Stena Germanica ferry connecting Gothenburg in Sweden, to Kiel in Germany. (More information about the project demonstration in this post)
The project event finished with a very interesting round table in which the industrial partners answered some relevant questions about the Advanced Technologies for a cleaner Steel Industry.