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RWE Innovation Centre – Project MefCO2
RWE Innovation Centre – Project MefCO2

Synthesising methanol from captured CO2 and excess electricity

The MefCO2 project (Methanol fuel from CO2)

The MefCO2 plant was one of the first pilot facilities to use carbon dioxide as a raw material for methanol production. The system was configured by MHPS (Duisburg), and methanol synthesis with a capacity of up to 1 t/d methanol was provided by CRI (Iceland). The electrolyser from Hydrogenics (Belgium) is based on polymer electrolyte membrane technology (PEM), and has an installed capacity of just under 1 MWel.

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The MefCO2 project began in 2014 and came to a successful close in May 2019.

Funding is provided by the EU under the R&D umbrella programme Horizon 2020 as a SPIRE project (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency). SPIRE is a public-private partnership, and combines the sectors of cement, ceramics, chemicals, mechanical engineering, minerals and ores, non-ferrous metals, steel and water. The intention of the SPIRE projects is to drive forward development of base technologies and best practices for large-scale technical production and value chains that contribute to a resource-efficient process industry.

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RWE Innovation Centre – EU logo

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 637016

Our project partners

  • i-deals

  • National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia

  • Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe

  • Cardiff Catalysis Insitute


  • Carbon Recycling International

  • DIME University of Genova

  • Hydrogenics Europe

  • Universität Duisburg-Essen

Setting up the plant

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