Depending on the surrounding soil conditions Marconite® can reduce electrode resistivity by up to 50%.
Electricity is conducted in much the same way as via metal, through the movement of electrons and direct contact with the carbonaceous particles that compose Marconite®.
This provides a huge advantage over materials such as Bentonite, that rely on conducting electricity through the movement of charged ions. Ions require the presence of an effective electrolyte –
water and salts. Such ion type systems can dry out and without water cannot conduct electricity.
Marconite® has a resistivity that is many times lower than that of Bentonite (Marconite 0.001Ωm vs Bentonite 3Ωm) in its natural setting or untamped condition.
Through acting as a backfill, (Marconite® is a highly conductive material), the surface area of the electrode is increased, thus reducing the electrodes’ resistance to earth.