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Infographic: How Copper is paving the road for green energy revolution

Copper is known as “man’s first metal”, and for over 10,000 years, it’s been used in applications ranging from architecture to coinage.


Every year, humans already gobble up around 28 million tonnes of the metal in uses mainly related to its electrical properties – and as we transition to a green energy paradigm, copper will be an even more vital ingredient to human progress than it is today, according to Visual Capitalist, a renowned media in business infographics.

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Copper in green energy

According to the Copper Alliance Association, copper is a highly efficient conductor of electricity and heat, it is used in renewable energy systems to generate power from solar, hydro, thermal and wind energy across the world.

This metal helps reduce CO2 emissions and lowers the amount of energy needed to produce electricity.

In many renewable energy systems, there is 12-times more copper being used than in traditional systems to ensure efficiency.

Copper is one of the best renewable resources.

It is one of the few materials that can be recycled 100 percent over and over again without a loss in performance.

Renewable energy sources provide nearly one-quarter of the world’s power and it plays an important role in making it as efficient as possible with minimal impact on the environment.

Future of the copper

In a study published by Bloomberg about electric vehicles, experts expect a 43% penetration of copper in the vehicle market, which will be roughly equal to 110 million cars.

Using the above ratios, that’s about 3.6 million tonnes of extra copper demand, which is equal to about 15% of the current market.

Here’s an infographic about the topic, courtesy of Visual Capitalist.