Monday, 13 December 2010

Silver in the home

silver in technology
Silver is all around us
Apart from the obvious, being jewelry and tableware, silver is used all over the home. From televisions to windows, we own more silver than we think. Although it may not always be worthwhile wrecking your plasma TV for a gram or two, it is important to recognise the great diversity of silver and its use in the future.

On average, over 100 million troy ounces of silver are used in photography per year. Silver-halide is used to capture the image and is known for its superior photo quality at low costs.

Silver Mirror Glass
Silver is used on modern windows to repel sun rays and keep heat in. As energy saving is sweeping the World, the demand for Silver mirror glass will increase substantially.

Silver oxide-zinc batteries
Small electronic devices such as; watches, cameras and calculators use silver oxide-zinc batteries. The long life and high power of these batteries make them appealing also for watches. The demand tops 1.5 billion batteries per year.

Nano technology
The anti-bacterial properties of silver make it appealing for nano technology in an ever inventive industry of new technologies.

Electrical switches
The high conductivity of silver and low contact resistance is perfect for modern switchgear. Silver is used in switches in microwaves, refrigerators, dishwashers, televisions and washing machines [to name a few]. Silver is also found "at your fingertips" on computer keyboards for contacts between the keys.

Growing industry
As the population evolves, new technologies are formed, involving micro electronics demanding superior components. Silver will play a big part in the growth of those technologies to come. Silver has never been so widely used in the home.
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