60 Centuries of Copper
This article appeared in the Grand Haven Tribune in Spring of 2015 written by Mike VerHulst, Exhibits Facilitator at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum
If there is one thing the modern world couldn't live without, that thing wouldn't be oil; it would be electricity. Electricity is an essential part of our daily lives and it is delivered in many ways. Solar panels, wind turbines, nuclear power, and burning fossil fuels are all examples of ways electricity is generated. All of this power is useless unless it can be delivered, and that's where one very important element comes in: copper.
Just about everything that uses electricity relies on copper for one or more aspects of its function. Copper wires run through the walls of buildings to power the lights and appliances that make our daily lives easier. An average car has about 50 pounds of copper wiring and larger vehicles, such as SUVs, have about 100 pounds of copper wiring. Even handheld electronics like smart phones, mp3 players and tablets rely on copper because their circuit boards are etched from copper plates to create paths where the data and power can travel.