Sustainable Energy

Copper is an integral part of sustainable energy initiatives because of its reliability, efficiency and performance. Its superior electrical and thermal conductivities increase the energy efficiency of countless energy-driven systems that rely on electric motors and transformers. The same physical properties are vital in the collection and distribution of energy from solar, wind and other renewable sources.

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Solar Energy Lifts Off at Airports

Airports are a perfect location for solar PV installations. Multiple airports around the world have already installed solar energy systems, which require copper to function efficiently and reliably. This case study examines the solar airport trend and its potential impact on the copper market.
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Copper: Material for a Modern World

This new video produced by the International Copper Association, ICA, provides compelling evidence of copper’s unique role in sustainable development and how the copper industry is committed to positive actions addressing many of mankind’s greatest challenges.
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Copper: Investing in Our Planet's Future

This is the second video in the International Copper Association’s campaign on copper’s contributions to sustainable development. The video shows how copper’s incredible properties enable energy-efficiency initiatives that provide value in many ways, including mitigating the effects of climate change.
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Electric Motors:

The use of copper in energy efficient motors for commercial facilities and industrial plants.
Electricity meters

Energy Efficiency:

Topics covered here include information on Smart Grid, definitions of efficiency, life-cycle cost and upsizing wire sizes for energy efficiency.
Energy storage units

Energy Storage:

Copper's significant role in energy storage applications and integration needs for the US market.
solar panels

Renewables:

Copper plays key role for commercial, industrial and utility sectors seeking alternative energy sources (sun and wind) to generate power.
transformer

Transformers:

Virtually all electric power in the country passes through at least one of these units before it's consumed.

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