Copperweld + Copper Conductors, composed of both sold copper and extra high-strength copper-cover steel, are used for overhead power distribution lines where extra strength is required. For example, it may be used in rural farmland where ice is expected to accumulate on the line or for economical reasons with long-span installation. Our most popular configuration, Type-A — made of two copper wires and one Copperweld wire — is stranded into a triangular shape to minimize line vibration in the wind.
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Powering America's heartland
In the 1930s, Copperweld was used to help implement the electric revolution across America's heartland as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal, bringing electricity to rural farms. A decade later, the nation's electric cooperatives continued using Copperweld for power distribution during and after WWII. Many of the lines installed almost 70 years ago remain in active service today.
Great for the harshest applications
Across the United States, Copperweld powers homes and businesses. Utilities choose Copperweld in areas of harsh weather to carry the load. From the high winds of the Great Plains to the heavy ice of the Alaskan Highway, Copperweld is best suited because of its reliability.
Copperweld powers rural America. The rugged design of Copperweld's traditional Type A stranded conductors permit dependable, low-cost electric service. Installed throughout the US since WWII, the high strength of Copperweld-Copper Conductors (CCC) means fewer poles per mile, fewer insulators, less hardware, and lower labor costs.
Corrosion-resisting copper forms the exterior of each Copperweld power conductor — assuring long life. For critical applications, engineers depend on Copperweld's rust-resistant track record of successful installations throughout the power grid. Copperweld Century Grid products have been protecting the power grid for over 100 years.
Easy to Replace
Industry-standard bronze connectors for copper wires and cables also fit Copperweld. Customers have been relying on Copperweld power lines for decades. In many cases, it is much less expensive to repair existing lines than to replace them. New wire can be spliced into existing lines as the bimetal core ensures a tight connection for years to come.
Empowering a more prosperous world
Urban housing power for developing nations
More than half of the world’s population is categorized in the lowest income-level group. The full power demand of many urban housing locations in developing nations is a light bulb, a phone charging station, and an electric stove. And, it is just as critical to daily life there as everywhere else today. New Copperweld solutions are in development to service the bottom of the financial pyramid with reliable power through residential service entry cable.