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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North American Wind Energy Copper Content Analysis

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This report analyzes copper’s growing use for renewable wind energy through 2027. Between 2018 and 2027, it’s estimated 48,721 MW worth of wind energy installations will be constructed with an estimated demand of 4.76 tons of copper per MW. 
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North American Solar PV Copper Content Analysis

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This report presents a forecast for the North American solar PV market through 2027. Between 2018 and 2027, North America is expected to install 137 GW of residential and commercial & industrial solar capacity as well as 125 GW of utility-scale solar. This forecast also estimates during the same timeframe nearly one million tons of copper will be needed for this growing technology.
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North American Energy Storage Copper Content Analysis

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This report quantifies the expected copper demand for energy storage installations through 2027. It’s estimated that copper demand for residential, commercial & industrial, and utility-scale installations will exceed 6,000 tons yearly. Current models predict that by 2020, demand will have doubled 2018 levels to reach nearly 1,000 metric tons of copper content.  
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cutaway of copper motor rotor

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


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


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

Electric Vehicles:

Copper is essential for powering this technology and its electrical infrastructure.

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