Ultra Conductive Copper-Carbon Nanotube Wire
UltraWire (Ultra Conductive Copper-Carbon Nanotube Wire) is the European Commission 7th Framework Programme (EC FP7) project (Grant Agreement No. 609057), with 14 partners from industry and academia that started on the 1st October 2013 and it will run until 30th September 2016. The aim of the project is to develop a copper nanocarbon composite with significantly improved overall properties, including electrical, thermal and mechanical performances over bulk copper using production process that will be scalable to large volume manufacture.
The most common traditional materials used in electrical energy distribution systems are copper and copper alloys. Modern applications show an increasing demand for better heat and electric current carrying capacity at the level beyond copper base materials. Nanocarbon materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene have attracted attention due to their high electrical, thermal conductivity and exceptional mechanical properties. It would appear that combining copper with high performance nanocarbons towards composite materials could offer immediate solution to problems encountered currently.
UltraWire on BBC News!
The UltraWire project has been featured at the BBC News Click programme! The programme has been shown on TV for the first time on 9 April 2016 on the BBC News and the BBC World News channels and few more times in following days and weeks. It is available for download and viewing in the UK until February 2017 on the BBC iPlayer through this link:
The EC FP7 UltraWire project ended on 30 September 2016; however, the project partners and other researchers around the world are continuing development of this exciting technology.
To register your interest and to receive more information and updates about UltraWire technology development please contact Dr Bojan Boskovic, UltraWire Exploitation and Dissemination Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org