May. '07 Copper-based Solar Cells: Good for the Environment, Good for the Consumer Copper has long been used in solar heating/hot water systems, where it is commonly used in heat exchangers. Now, it promises to become equally valuable in photovoltaic (PV) systems. These systems produce electricity through the action of sunshine on certain semiconductors, including so-called thin-film materials and the currently most promising material: copper indium gallium diselenide or CIGS.
Jun. '06 Copper and Your Skin: Facelift In A Bottle A new rage has hit Hollywood — a chemical facelift! The ancient Egyptians applied perfumes and anointing oils to their body as early as 4000 BC. Even then, copper was a part of their cosmetics. The most popular colors were green and black. The green was originally made from malachite, an oxide of copper.
Jan. '06 Copper and Nanotechnology According to experts in the field, nanotechnology will have an impact on the global economy of more than $1 trillion within a decade...While the role copper will finally play in nanotechnology is yet to be determined, the metal is already filling a number of notable applications. In addition, there are a number of recent technical developments that indicate promise for expansion of copper's role in nanotechnology.
May. '04 Producing Copper Nature's Way: Bioleaching Bioleaching is the extraction of a metal from sulfide ores or concentrates using materials found native to the environment; namely, water, air and microorganisms. In other words, bioleaching is the commercialization of the ability of certain bacteria and archaea, found in nature, to catalyze the oxidation of sulfide minerals.
Jun. '02 What's a Health Nut? Copper doesn't color pistachios green, but it does help make them nutritious.
Jun. '02 Will Copper Sop Up Radioactive Pollution Copper is no stranger to nuclear waste. But spent fuel disposal is only one of the technologies in which copper can play a meaningful role. A recent article reports that copper may also help get rid of an equally hazardous form of radwaste: cesium-137.
Aug. '01 How Hydrometallurgy and the SX/EW Process Made Copper the "Green" Metal Copper is traditionally known as the "red" metal after its natural color. However, it is also known as a "green" metal for the green patina that it acquires due to weathering. Indeed, patinized copper is the architectural focal point of many modern buildings for its
Jun. '00 Medical Uses of Copper in Antiquity Beyond ordinary food supplements, your medicine cabinet may one day be stocked with copper-containing medicines for the cure of a variety of illnesses.
Jan. '00 Copper Cleans Up A little copper goes a long way in combating the growth of unwanted organisms in the water.
Sep. '99 Transformers Can Contribute to Global Warming Goals Increased attention is being focused on the savings energy-efficient transformers could make on a national scale in the US and Europe and their potential contribution to meeting internationally agreed goals for reducing global warming.
Jul. '99 The Copper Motor Rotor: New Technology for High Efficiency Motors A look a the on-going research designed to take advantage of copper's high conductivity in such a way as to enable the creation of ultrahigh-efficiency electric motors being conducted by an industry-government consortium of which the Copper Development Association (CDA) is a member.
Jun. '99 Copper Increases Efficiency of Solar Cells Siemens Solar Group is testing the capabilities of a new thin-film photovoltaic module created by applying a fine film of copper indium diselenide (CIS) to a glass backing to product a less expensive semi-conductor.
Apr. '99 New Research on Runoff from Copper Roofs First report on the progress of research on how copper comes to be found in lakes, streams, and other bodies of water by the University of Connecticut, in collaboration with the International Copper Association Ltd, Copper Development Association Inc., and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (Connecticut DEP).
Feb. '99 New Life for Old Boards Review of how Hewlett-Packard and Micro Metallics Corp. (Micromet), a San Jose-based computer recycling company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Noranda Inc., of Canada, are creating an afterlife for discarded computer products.
Dec. '98 Copper and Aquatic Life All bodies of water that sustain life have copper present as a naturally occurring element. Look at why this trace mineral is vital to sustenance of plant and animal life.
Jun. '98 Green Roofs for a Greener Environment Look at increased use of recycled copper as roofing material in US. Surge caused by aesthetics and ease of installation made possible by new technologies.
Jun. '98 Trapping Sulphur How Outokumpu flash smelting technology lowers emissions and costs while increasing capacity.
Jun. '98 Overview of Recycled Copper Walk through process of recycling copper, which accounts for almost half of all copper produced and sold in America every year.
May. '98 Copper DX Geothermal Heat Pump Web Site The Copper Development Association (CDA) is sponsoring the creation of a web site designed to allow homeowners to compare the economics of heating and cooling their homes with copper direct exchange (DX) heat pump systems.
Feb. '98 CDA Backs DX Geothermal Heat Pump R&D Look at research sponsored by the Copper Development Association to gain a better understanding of direct exchange ground coupled heat pumps (DX/GCHP) in order to make them a commercial success for home heating/cooling.
Dec. '97 Direct Exchange Thermal Systems: The Wave Of The Future Heat pumps! While the term seems relatively new, Nicholas Carnot proposed the concept in 1824. While heat normally flows from hot to cold, Carnot reasoned that a mechanical device could be built to reverse the process and "pump" heat from a cooler region to a warmer region.