Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Florence Copper recently announced that its production test facility is fully operational and producing copper in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. That’s not only great for our community with much-needed jobs and tax revenues flowing into our town, but it is equally important in terms of the copper value proposition that production of this critical metal brings to society.
Why is copper important to you and to me?
Well, think about it this way. Copper is in nearly every product we use — from cellphones to laptop computers to the cars we drive. And copper has certain advantageous properties. Specifically, conductivity. It transmits electricity better than gold. Think of it this way, if our cellphones used gold (at roughly $1,200 per ounce, instead of copper at $0.20 per ounce), the average cell smartphone would cost around $1,500. Ouch!
Copper also has superior ductility properties, which means it's easily shaped into wire. It’s significantly cheaper compared to other conductive metals and it is fully recyclable as well.
From an environmental perspective, the emerging electric vehicle market relies on copper. EVs generally require 80% more copper than vehicles with an internal combustion engine. In fact, EV motors can contain more than a mile of copper wiring, which means the more society relies on EVs, the more copper will be needed.
Copper has always had a special relationship with electricity. Today, millions of tons get used in various applications every year, but believe it or not, we are still in the early days for copper’s use in electrification.
Copper will continue to be a critical component of the green energy revolution, and the people of Florence should be proud that they are doing their part to support a low-carbon future.