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A new way to make green steel

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🗞️ Driving the news: Colorado-based startup Electra, backed by Amazon and Nucor, has developed a low-temperature process to produce iron plates for steelmaking, potentially transforming the industry by significantly reducing its carbon footprint

🔭 The context: Traditional steelmaking emits roughly two tons of CO2 per ton of steel, accounting for 10% of global emissions
• Electra’s method uses renewable electricity and chemistry at just 140°F, compared to the 3,000°F required for conventional processes, making it more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This innovative approach could drastically cut the steel industry’s carbon emissions, aligning with global efforts to mitigate climate change
• Cleaner steel production is crucial for reducing the environmental impact of infrastructure and manufacturing sectors

⏭️ What's next: Electra aims to scale up its operations, planning to produce 1 million tons of steel by the end of the decade
• The company will also seek to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness and scalability of its technology to attract further investment and industry adoption

💬 One quote: “There is more demand than what is available on the supply side for these green products,” said Sandeep Nijhawan, Electra’s CEO

📈 One stat: The global steel industry generates approximately $1 trillion annually and is responsible for about 10% of global emissions

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