Electricity is a uniquely convenient way of using an energy source. It gives us instant energy at the flick of a switch; it allows us to use energy in densely populated areas while burning fossil fuels remotely; and recently it has allowed us to capture energy from renewable sources such as the wind.
However, this convenience comes at a price. Electricity is not a primary energy source. This means that there have been losses in the system before it reaches the point of use. There are further losses in all electrical appliances. Reducing all these losses can lead to great savings to the economy and the environment.
In this resource we'll look at how electricity is generated, distributed and used and copper's role in making these activities more efficient.