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A Futuristic Plan to Make Steel With Nuclear Fusion

Jennifer Hiller and Amrith Ramkumar of The Wall Street Journal report on a futuristic plan to make steel with nuclear fusion.

The C3 Take
  • Nucor, America’s largest steel company, is partnering with fusion energy developer Helion Energy to bring a fusion reactor to one of Nucor’s mills by 2030.
  • Additionally Nucor is investing $35 million into Helion, which has also received funding from OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman.
  • Nucor is also working with NuScale to deploy an SMR at one of Nucor’s steel mills.
  • While fusion has not yet brought electricity to the grid the technology shows great promise to deliver reliable, carbon-free power to consumers.

“The Nucor fusion plant would be about 10 times the capacity of another facility Helion plans to build to provide fusion-generated electricity by 2028 for Microsoft. The Microsoft deal, believed to be the fusion industry’s first commercial agreement, was announced in May.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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