Copper Uses

Industrial Consumption of Copper in 2007

The pie above shows the proportion of copper that went to different industries in 2007.

World copper production is dominated by Chile, with about one third of all produced copper coming form them. Here is an overview of world copper production in 1000 tons:

Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Cu Produced 13,600 13,900 14,600 14,900 15,100 15,600

 

Copper has had and have a myriad of different applications. Among today’s are:

  • conducting electricity
  • transferring heat
  • communications
  • transporting water, liquids and gases
  • roofing, gutters and downspouts
  • protecting plants and crops, and as a feed supplement, and
  • making statues and other forms of art.

 

Copper InterconnectCopper-based chips are semiconductor integrated circuits, usually microprocessors, which use copper for interconnections. Since copper is a better conductor than aluminium, chips using this technology can have smaller metal components, and use less energy to pass electricity through them. Together, these effects lead to higher-performance processors. The first copper based chips were introduced by IBM in 1998.

 

 

 

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