Major Milestone achieved: we are already producing methanol from residual steel gases

The FReSMe consortium has achieved a major breakthrough by producing one ton of low emission methanol per day from real blast furnace gas.

Our pilot plant, located at SWERIM facilities in Luleå, Sweden, is producing one ton of methanol per day from blast furnace gas delivered by SSAB steel mill. The residual gas is extracted and separated into CO2 and H2 gas streams using a sorption enhanced water-gas shift technology (a separation technology coming from the previous STEPWISE project) as well as membrane gas separation technology. The H2 is reacted with CO2 using CRI’s Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL) technology, which was designed and tested in the MefCO2 project. Three test campaigns will take place from now on, including different combinations of gas sourcing and operational conditions. Hydrogen that is both produced by water electrolysis as well as separated from the blast furnace gas will be tested separately and together in combination with CO2.

Our pilot plant will be operating until the end of 2020. In 2021, the methanol produced will be analysed, processed and supplied as fuel to power the Stena Germanica ferry on its route between Gothenburg and Kiel.

This is the first demonstration proving that the valorisation of residual steel gases is feasible at large scale using actual blast furnace gas. This opens the door to further scaling up low carbon technologies for the production of both steel and methanol with a low climate impact. Our consortium is committed to drastically reduce the climate impact of the steel making process and to demonstrate that with the right technologies, methanol can be made effectively from their works arising blast furnace gases.

Thomas Olsson (Swerim), Olav Sommerset Risdal (CRI) and Eric Van Dijk (TNO) presenting the “first” liter of liquefied blast-furnace gas.

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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