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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Copper’s Role in the Transition to Clean Energy

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This new infographic illustrates Copper’s expanding role North America’s transition to clean power sources, from energy generation to storage and electric vehicles.
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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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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.
Power wires

Grid Infrastructure:

Copper is an integral part of electric grid infrastructure because of its superior reliability, efficiency and performance.
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.
Electric Vehicle being refueled

Electric Vehicles:

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

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