Copper is at the centre of many global trends, such as the increased use of energy-efficient equipment, the generation of renewable energy and electromobility. Energy efficient appliances – including distribution transformers, electric motors and air conditioners – mainly use copper. The forecast is for a material demand growth rate of 4.1% per annum, which will reach 9.7 million tonnes per year by 2035.
The recent World Climate Summit – COP 24 – in Poland has focused on the need to reduce greenhouse gases and discussed strategies to achieve climate targets. One of the possible ‘decarbonising’ options, i.e. reducing CO2 emissions, is a move to electrotechnical solutions. Copper is the material of choice for electrical applications, and for the transition to a sustainable supply. Electrical heating technologies such as induction, resistance, infrared, arc and high frequency as well as microwave heating are already available today. Although promising innovative technologies such as laser, electron beam and plasma arc heating are still in the development phase, they offer forward-looking approaches.
The winners of the 2018 Uncover Copper schools poster competition have been announced after lead judge, Association for Science Education’s Richard Needham, made his selection from the 700+ entries received from UK secondary schools.
Two leading trade associations have combined forces to offer tailored in-house technical workshops to those needing to better understand the behaviour of copper-based alloys, stainless steels and nickel alloys in marine environments.
Mark joined Copper Development Association (CDA) in 2007 as a Technical Consultant, with 20 years’ experience in the non-ferrous metals industry. He quickly adapted to his new role of providing impartial, non-commercial information on copper and copper alloys, drawing on his wealth of commercial experience.
More than 100 participants from all over the world were testament to the successful launch and the future establishment of Copper Alloys as a biennial conference providing a forum for the exchange of expertise on copper materials.
Copper and the Home is a competition that challenges the minds of young designers, architects, engineers and students from all over the world to explore and harness the properties of copper, highlighting the beauty and versatility of a fascinating, multifaceted material, which can add both aesthetic and technical value to the most daring projects.
The Maersk Tower research complex in Copenhagen, designed by C.F. Møller Architects and characterised by its grid of copper fins, was the outright winner by a unanimous judges’ decision.
Is it feasible to power European industry fully with renewable energy? From the perspective of the copper industry, we present some of the challenges to be faced, and opportunities to be seized, for this scenario to come to fruition.