Nucor introduces sustainable heavy gauge plate for offshore wind

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 20/01/2023 Nucor Corporation
Nucor announced the launch of Elcyon, a new sustainable heavy gauge steel plate product made specifically to meet the offshore wind sector.

Elcyon is made using Nucor's recycled scrap-based electric arc furnace manufacturing process. Nucor will manufacture it from its new $1.7 billion Brandenburg steel mill in Kentucky, which produced its first steel plate at the end of December 2022. Utilising Thermo-Mechanical Controlled Processing (TMCP) at the new mill, Elcyon, was created specifically to meet the standards of offshore wind energy designers, manufacturers and fabricators.

Nucor stated Brandenburg is the first steel plant in the world to pursue certification under LEED v4 from the U.S. Green Building Council. The new mill is located in the middle of the largest steel plate-consuming region in the country and is expected to be able to output of 1.2 million tons of steel annually.

"By launching Elcyon at Brandenburg we have effectively created the first domestic supply chain of sustainable steel for our nation's offshore wind energy industry," said Leon Topalian, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nucor Corporation. "As demand for alternative energy sources like offshore wind continues to grow and manufacturers push for larger turbines, Elcyon's larger and thicker plate sizes will help the United States become a leader in offshore wind production."

"We continue to invest and build the recycled steel facilities that will help make our clean energy future a reality," said Johnny Jacobs, Vice President and General Manager of Nucor Steel Brandenburg. "Our Elcyon steel plate is another example of Nucor's commitment to sustainability and our focus on providing a differentiated value proposition by making products that no one else is making."