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An alternative to copper that’s less carbon-intensive?

Heather Clancy of GreenBiz reports on DexMat, a startup that has developed a cleaner alternative to copper.

The C3 Take
  • Copper is a critical component to clean energy technologies such as batteries.
  • DexMat is a Houston-based started born out of Rice University that is looking to commercialize a cleaner alternative to copper.
  • The startup’s material, called Galvorn, has the same conductivity as copper but is lighter than aluminum and stronger than steel.
  • DexMat believes that Galvorn has the ability to displace three gigatons of industrial emissions by bringing more clean energy technologies onto the grid and by reducing the production of steel and aluminum.

“Galvorn is made by splitting hydrocarbons, chiefly found in the combustion of petroleum and natural gas, according to the company’s marketing materials. The material acts as a form of carbon storage (sequestration, anyone?) and takes several forms, including a mesh that could be used in composite panels, electrodes and garments; a fiber for conductive wire, power lines and motor windings; and a film for electromagnetic shieldings, batteries and antennas.”

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