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Oil major Chevron invests in nuclear fusion startup Zap Energy

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(C) Reuters. Chevron (CVX)’s logo is seen in Los Angeles

(Reuters) – Oil major Chevron Corp (N:CVX) said on Wednesday it is investing in Zap Energy Inc, joining Italy’s ENI (MI:ENI) and Norwegian state oil company Equinor (OL:EQNR) who have also backed nuclear fusion startups to reduce their carbon footprint.

Chevron’s decision comes as energy companies face increasing pressure from investors to reduce emissions, spend more on low-carbon energy and disclose the impact of their fossil fuel production on climate change.

“Chevron Technology Ventures’ investment in fusion is an opportunity to enhance the company’s focus on a diverse portfolio of low-carbon energy resources,” Chevron said in a statement, without putting a number on the size of its investment.

Nuclear fusion is a process that releases large amounts of energy with no greenhouse gas emissions and limited long-lived radioactive waste.

Zap Energy raised $6.5 million from its Series A financing on July 12, according to data from Crunchbase. (https://

Oil major Chevron invests in nuclear fusion startup Zap Energy

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