Earlier readers of this blog would have seen the video, which I had embedded in the story.
Unfortunately, a few hours after I posted, the video maker took down the link - apparently the video did not yet have clearance. It should go live again at some point, and I will endeavor to post it again.
For now, consider my description in the previous paragraphs, as a "preview of coming attractions!" The version that I saw gets my Oscar nomination for "best short feature prognosticating the future of energy and industry."
It got me thinking. I've got to believe that plant operators and CEOs at other steel mills and industrial plants are also contemplating nuclear heat sources.
And allow me to leave my journalistic station for a moment, and play matchmaker to two large companies from Pittsburgh, Pa. (where I grew up), neither of which would give me the time of day on my visit to the area last month.
John Surma, CEO of U.S. Steel, meet Shigenori Shiga, acting CEO of Westhinghouse Electric Co.
Shigenori, John's company isn't quite the force it used to be in the global steel industry, but it's still pretty good. And you might be able to help it regain prominence by providing a progressive, cost-effective, CO2-free heat source. If you're not interested, others would be, like Flibe. (To be clear: I'm not sure who the steel company is in the video, but I'm guessing it's not USS).
Both John and Shigenori - you could also generate electricity with the reactor.
Over to you guys. You're only about a 30 minute drive from each other on I-279. Finders fee waived. Just talk to me, would ya?
Note: Story updated at around 8:10 a.m. PDT July 9 to reflect take down of video.Updated again around 6:20 a.m. PDT July 11 to remove the blank, still video fragment.
Photos: Blast furnace and John Surma both from U.S. Steel.