Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO documentary

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It’s not in the papers but a silent revolution is moving across the world. Renewable energy is becoming cheaper than from fossil fuels. It means that progressively the choice for wind and solar energy is no longer an ethical one but an economic one. And this will speed up the transfer to renewable energy.
In countries like Brazil, Australia, Chile and parts of the United States people consider renewable energy because of financial reasons. The price of solar and wind energy will continue to drop and in more countries renewable energy will occur.
A surprising newcomer on the market is Morocco, where the government expects that in 2020 more than 40 percent of the energy could come from solar energy.
Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2016.
© VPRO Backlight March 2016
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Director: Martijn Kieft
Research: Robert Kosters
Producer: Jolanda Segers
Commissioning editors: Marije Meerman, Doke Romeijn
English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.



5 май 2016

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Kenneth Kustren
Kenneth Kustren 19 часов назад
Memon Fayaz
Memon Fayaz 4 дня назад
Cindy Tepper
Cindy Tepper 4 дня назад
Wind and solar energy people are all scammers and short bus riders. They read the press releases and stupid magazine articles and fancy themselves "informed"
John Woodgate
John Woodgate 4 дня назад
Doesn't matter. Don't have a battery to store the energy and you would need a solar farm the size of California to power LA. This is just a solar panel sales pitch.
Michalis Siavil
Michalis Siavil 4 дня назад
What happens when all the world go 100 renewables, millions of jobs will stop?
Scooby 6 дней назад
I like the last statement 45:51
Moses Jonson
Moses Jonson 6 дней назад
USA is slacking like mad hahahaha, good luck with that shit leader donald Jttrump americans, you're going to feel pain for years to come
Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes 10 дней назад
It’s fine and dandy when China switches to solar when they are a communist country and can maybe pay the workers in the solar plants $5 a day and have super cheap solar panels but a totally different story in the USA where we have fair wages and freedom. What is the US government supposed to do? Borrow from China to put in more solar farms? That’s exactly what they want us to do.
luci78 Cozma
luci78 Cozma 10 дней назад
Good documentary! I like the guy at the end : I delay my retirement with 2 years because Iam having so much fun now ! Good point !
Barbara Mazer
Barbara Mazer 11 дней назад
Excellent documentary; uplifting yet down to earth, quite wide-ranging in its analysis.
Paul Meyer
Paul Meyer 13 дней назад
That is so inspirational.
paul8kangas 14 дней назад
Would the climate improve if everyone bought an e-car? NO! Because most of the energy that comes out of your wall socket comes from gas powered electric generators. SOLUTION. Build a 4-plex 100 solar panel house first before you buy an e-car. Add 1000 solar panels to each school to help raise teachers pay to $90 K. RUvid. Paul8kangas.
David McDonald
David McDonald 17 дней назад
In a way you can tell 2016 was the nascent days of the technology. However pumped storage like the El Hierro project has been around since the eighties. West Virginia has had pumped storage since 1985. My home state Michigan has pumped storage at Ludington. Germany is about to launch a pumped storage wind facility in one. We really hit a break through with the Lithium Ion grid scale batteries. Hawaii has one, Puerto Rico has one and of course one year on from the Hornsdale Power Reserve going on line was a momentous occasion, showing how much it saved the grid. Now Tesla announces it's patnets are basically going open sourced. Abu Dhabi still the lead for largest storage device with it's sodium sulfur battery system. The VW plug in surprised me. Volkswagen planned mobile charging station with CATL going to be huge deal based off the guy storing energy in car battery. Now we say adding charging stations make your grid smarter.
Nils Gildemeister
Nils Gildemeister 18 дней назад
This is kind of depressing to watch from Germany, knowing that we spend an incredible amount of money in making this change viable, only to let it slide once it actually started to become economically benefitial. This could have been the next key industry for the german economy (just like cat manufactering at the moment) to keep our wealth. Instead it's the chinese and an authorian regime
Sirios Star
Sirios Star 24 дня назад
Hold on! Robin Berg of the netherlands claims " some cars have a range of 400to 500 km. ? Please state which cars you are speaking of.
dj osearth
dj osearth 24 дня назад
40:00 For many decades excess/off peak energy pumps water up, against gravity for spinning generators on it's way back down! UK does this for example when electric kettles are boiled in sync and temporarily exceeds supply. This happens when an portion of the country goes for tea time nearly in unison for example due to vast amount watching the same BBC programming. ;] This is an actual example, you can true look it up! ;]
Webby 25 дней назад
This gives me so much hope for the future.
Sara Petersen
Sara Petersen 29 дней назад
just 1 more example of american technology hijacked by the chicons who are now going to sell it back to us at a high price
Paul Karagiannis
Paul Karagiannis Месяц назад
GREAT foresight guys, it is now finally well under way
Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus Месяц назад
Arab talking about solar energy hmmm smart
Toraguchi Toraguchi
Toraguchi Toraguchi Месяц назад
All they Did was project a LONGER Life-Span for cheaper solar panels so that the cost of initial investment is spread over a longer period....30 years instead of 20, but who's to say what'd happen in 20 years time? None of this is created due to technological breakthrough on solar panel efficiency (Which remains at around 25%), its finding cheaper methods to build the same thing and financial manipulation.
Manuel Magro
Manuel Magro Месяц назад
The dark mood around Chines pollution is a pointer towards energy transformation.
rRobert Smith
rRobert Smith Месяц назад
China is now the king of clean energy including thorium nuclear and solar. They are getting off coal imported from Australia so much, whole towns in Australia are going under. China doesn't have to worry about sucking up to BIG COAL, all they have to worry about is sooo many people getting black lung they REBEL.
John Powell
John Powell Месяц назад
Until you come up with an effective way to store the excess produced to get you through the NIGHT you are selling a dream. What is the cost of covering desert land versus productive land? This is solar rich environment versus any other northern lands or southern lands!! Until you have a comprehensive system at an affordable cost for the end user WITHOUT any subsidies or schemes you are spinning your wheels.
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
UK offshore wind is currently the cheapest power we have. Beats new nuclear easily. Unsubsidized! Renewable energy is expanding very fast whereas the current main nuclear project (Hinkley C) is a nightmare, running late, over budget and promising energy costs *way* over wind power. It won't even be ready until 2025/6.... IF there are no more delays. So much for "affordable cost for the end user"!
Bashu Gautam
Bashu Gautam Месяц назад
nsecchi1 Месяц назад
To hell with all this! Trump promised us coal!
Bruce Jewell
Bruce Jewell Месяц назад
Lots of great info here. It's exciting. I run a Wind and Solar group on FB.
vpro documentary
vpro documentary Месяц назад
Thank you Bruce Jewell, would you share it on FB? I guess the group members would be also interested to see it?!
fruit Месяц назад
solution = use tesla power pack battery to store the green energy. solved
halley0413 9837
halley0413 9837 Месяц назад
Is it really? As of today, the USA is not in it, China pays lip service to it while it goes on its merry way, Germany is being sneaky and deceitful about it, India and other industrializing third world countries are exempt from it. There has been no decline in the tonnage of carbon being spewed into the atmosphere. In fact, the only country considered the boogeyman of this pseudo climate change movement that has actually reduced its carbon emissions in 2017 is the USA. Carbon credit as they want to propagandize, has not actually resulted in the reduction of carbon emissions, it just shifted the blame and shame from the actual polluters to those who are willing to sell their carbon credit like it was an indulgence granted to sinners, like an absolution, a pass or a waver as long as you pay. Result? No reduction in carbon emissions, the world as you all say is still warming and doomsday is still coming. Yeah right, that ship has sailed and you have to work harder on your con.
MrThorneycroft Месяц назад
At 12 minutes in we see smog caused by internal combustion engines. Seeing most citizens wearing smog masks should be a wake up call. In the uk we kill 30,000 a year by respiratory diseases and research says tens of thousands more develop Alzheimer's early due to pollution. Our governments response is to stamp on local democracy and insist on fracking and a super expensive nuclear power station that is hugely expensive and subsidised. Theresa May is a very stupid woman! Budah of Birmingham
Jim Cavett
Jim Cavett Месяц назад
Look how wrong these fools were. Good luck with this plan....
Davey Duff
Davey Duff Месяц назад
Without government regulation forcing energy suppliers to buy the energy these SCAMMERS produce because of the GLOBAL WARMING SCAM this shit would flop because it is a SCAM the trendies lap up!
James L
James L Месяц назад
I have not finish this documentary but my prediction is... where is the battery?
perry reasch
perry reasch 2 месяца назад
cheaper to make // but greed will be the real cost to us $$$$
Jon Tellock
Jon Tellock 2 месяца назад
I am a Solar Electrical Systems, Design Engineer. The problems I see with this documentary are threefold: Geolocation, Storage and Transmission. To say that the cost of Solar will be the same price, regardless of location, is just not taking into account the COST OF THE LAND, ON WHICH IT IS GENERATED. And, power is not able to be supplied at peak demand, due to inefficiencies in storage AND system loss, in the transmission of power, to the demand location. In the USA, the Electrical Grid is antiquated and MUST BE PUT UNDERGROUND (to start) and thus, replaced wholesale. Few are credibly addressing Power Transmission, the essential 3rd leg of the Renewable viability requirement. At least not yet, as we enter into 2019.
Samachar 2 месяца назад
In India, Its now 3 cent!!! By 2022, We will have 176000 MW of solar.
jmuld1 2 месяца назад
Years have gone by, where is competitive green energy?
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
+jmuld1 Which is precut why battery stored green energy is so cheap. It can react extremely quickly *and* precisely to extra demand, then switch off with zero waste when not required. Ref the "South Australia" project.
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
+jmuld1 Did you not watching the video? Have you not seen my other comments? I've been saying *everywhere* that this is an opportunity for "poorer" countries to advance their economy. The danger to them is that those invested in the existing tech may not like that. Green energy shows great promise for *every* country...... BUT those with control at the moment must be persuaded that *they* can also benefit.
jmuld1 Месяц назад
+Roger Starkey Electricity is traded in minutes based on who can supply and at what price .
jmuld1 Месяц назад
+Roger Starkey Another statement that accountants are stupid. Green energy shows great promise for countries that don't have a grid. one kilo watt worth pennies to us would power them for an evening. but no we chase the global warming issue.
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
+jmuld1 They are. It takes time.
Omnipotent Om
Omnipotent Om 2 месяца назад
The time is coming when the use of fossil fuels will be a faint and distant memory. Kids will laugh as instructor explain how humans used to burn coal and gas for energy! #TheGreatAwakening
Jay Sweetman
Jay Sweetman 2 месяца назад
Why are we bothering with trying to go to Mars when this is the focus we should have?
John Baldwin
John Baldwin 2 месяца назад
There is no shortage of energy but there is a shortage of know how of the process to tap into earth's infinite energy field . It will take a revolution in thinking to overcome the inertia of the lack of a common goal , to unite and harness this abundance of energy that exist all around us .
đeri662 2 месяца назад
Infinite energy field? The average Earth's magnetic and electric fields are approx. 40 μT and 120 V/m respectively. So there is 0.6 mJ/m³ and 6.4 nJ/m³ respectively. Energy consumption per year is 0.4 trillion billion J (Wikipedia). I don't know which infinite energy field you were talking about.
wTHEs 2 месяца назад
chinese it s such an annoying language
Luh Tunka
Luh Tunka 2 месяца назад
Very stupid misleading devils plan , bruh just undo your concrete and let trees grow or on old parking lots or unused buildings and parks !💎🌋🌲
Gary McSpadden tech
Gary McSpadden tech 2 месяца назад
If demand for oil goes down due to Renewables so will the price for oil. I'm sure this will slow progress.
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
If the price drops they sell less volume for less money, but the overheads remain almost the same. GREAT business model! Any *smart* oil company would be doing what the Saudi's are, getting into renewables.
Gary McSpadden tech
Gary McSpadden tech 2 месяца назад
Meanwhile, two and a half years later...
John Milheiser
John Milheiser 2 месяца назад
If you could find a health club that paid you to use exercise equipment designed to generate power, would you go there? The way the exercise equipment can be designed to work is by simply converting the calories you burn into electricity. The average person in good health can burn about 300 calories per hour when they exercise. By way of the conversion process 300 calories can easily be converted into about 350 watts of electricity. By getting the government to pay people for generating electricity at a health club, may seem a bit unrealistic. However, the problem of having millions of people out of work would be positively addressed with a resolve. The value to a society is healthier people, less pollution, a reduction in fossil fuel consumption, a healthier economy, a reduced need for unemployment compensation and less need for other government assisted programs. Actually, the idea is not necessarily to hire everyone to generate power. The idea is to put people back to work designing, manufacturing and marketing exercise equipment that generates power.
đeri662 2 месяца назад
There are a few problems with your idea: 1) I tried to generate power with a similar system and could only output 400 W for two minutes. 2) You would need approx. 3 million people outputing 350 W all the time just to replace one reactor in a nuclear power plant. It's not a bad idead regarding people's health, but it wouldn't do much for the power grid.
Gary Rose
Gary Rose 2 месяца назад
man made climate change is total bs
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
You'll be an expert then? Here are the ultimate questions 2 arguments. 1) Man causes warming. 2) Man doesn't. If "we" assume man does and try to clean up our act, A) What's the cost? B) What's the downside if we're wrong? ...... A? We were spending the money anyway! B? None really, at least things are *cleaner* ! ........ If "we" assume that we don't cause warming.... A) Cost? B) Downside if we're wrong? ....... A? Costs about the same. B? Errr.... We're SCREWED? (ALL of us! EVERYONE!) YES? See the logic?
BUSH MAN 2 месяца назад
“There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep! For when he wakes he will move the world” - Napoleon, in reference to China. Keep sleeping on em!
Alec Tric Foxx
Alec Tric Foxx 2 месяца назад
The Arabs have most of our money: ( from the Falling Apart Non~United States of Bologna 'merika ) They guild everything. They have our Gold. You want to talk about warming, you talk with our own star: the Sun. Every problem is based on too much use with not enough to go around. You procreate, less for more. Enough with this nonsense. I meant what I typed. -Foxx =^.^=
Jesus SavesUS
Jesus SavesUS 2 месяца назад
Lol none of this matters without better batteries...THE ONLY ISSUE TO THIS ISSUE....
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
You don't (necessarily) need the "better batteries" for storage. You need reasonably efficient flow cells, in shipping containers, plugged in where needed then filled on site. Low stress, reliable, relatively cheap. Keep the high tech batteries for transport and as these come to market, use the existing tech batteries for smaller packs (homes, etc)
Sarah walshaw
Sarah walshaw 2 месяца назад
excellent, EXCELLENT documentary! i wish some of the million/billionaires in the world would part with some of their cash to help those living in poverty in Africa. this technology could transform the lives of millions and make africa a totally green 1st world continent. why people would choose to die with billions in their bank rather than help millions of people during their lifetime is beyond me :/
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
There could be a dark side. Scenario (?) Sub Saharan / tropical countries around the world Invest in major solar and wind (etc). They quickly become energy rich, exporting power. The build, educate, make clean water, grow food, feed the population, use the money to reinvest...... Suddenly, *They* are becoming the "first world" countries! The old order doesn't like this! See where it's going?
vpro documentary
vpro documentary 2 месяца назад
Thanks Sarah walshaw!
Kiyarose3999 2 месяца назад
Trouble with PV Solar panels is ‘Nitrogen Trifluoride’ is used to clean PV Solar panels which is the faster growing GHG and is 7000 times more powerful than CO2 as a GHG!. We NEED to use an alternative urgently if we are not going to let this GHG counter all the benefits of PV Solar energy! I’m setting up a petition to try and end the use of NF3( Nitrogen Trifluoride
Bundle of Perceptions
Bundle of Perceptions 2 месяца назад
The main mistake is thinking that by making energy from solar panels cheaper than from fossil fuels will cause them to leave the fossil fuels in the ground. The only reason they will leave the remaining fossil fuels in the ground is if you drive the price of fossil fuels so low that it costs more to extract it then they can get selling it. If they can make any profit on selling it, they will extract it. By giving them a reliable alternative fuel source, it will probably cause them to extract the fossil fuels at a faster pace, so they can sell it while there still are markets for fossil fuels.
đeri662 2 месяца назад
Lower demand for fossil fuels - lower price of fossil fuels - lower excavation of fossil fuels. That's how it works. If Saudi Arabia decides to stop pumping oil for one day, the prices of oil will skyrocket because of the loss in supply.
Edo Peter
Edo Peter 3 месяца назад
Based on my observation, power generation using renewable sources like solar and wind entails larger CAPEX but OPEX diminishes over the years, while generating the same amount of energy using non-renewable sources, CAPEX is comparatively lower but OPEX remains undiminishing (and may increase) over the years. The ratio of Total cost of ownership (CAPEX + OPEX) to the life span of the generating systems is roughly even for both types of sources. The universe always balances itself out in a zero sum - like the law of energy and matter, Hence hyping renewable energy power source above the non-renewable one is more of politics than science. And by the way, hinging this hype on climate change makes it a pure propaganda.
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
+Edo Peter Triggered? Are you kidding? Do some research on Hinkley C in the UK.
Edo Peter
Edo Peter Месяц назад
+Roger Starkey Oh you're triggered? Now I see the reason for your climate change hysteria , because snow flakes like you are melting down when hit with reality.
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
+Edo Peter Stupid comment Actually thing about it before writing.
Edo Peter
Edo Peter Месяц назад
+Roger Starkey then stop using these technologies, go back to Stone age. It can begin with you. Isn't that simple and a no-brainer too?
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
Pure propaganda? Consider the *possible* negative effects of each technology? If we're not causing warming and change to renewables.... What have we lost? It will be undeniably cleaner! ..... IF we *are* causing warming, but don't change? Bad ........ VERY bad. ..... Seems like a no-brainer to me?
Sam LSD 3 месяца назад
I like how Asians and whites swarm the gulf states to take advantage of Arabs. But turn around and say 'sand niggers' Take take take take, their greed never stops whites and Chinese are the disease of the world. They come with their greed and racist greeds, to your country.
Rajko K
Rajko K 3 месяца назад
Thorium reactors (LFTR) are the answer. But who will the govern the world?
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
Ok, build a thousand! See you in 25 years! TIME is the enemy.
Mye Flatley
Mye Flatley 3 месяца назад
I am very impressed. However, there is no source of energy that can compensate for rampant population growth. We need a global policy of zero or one child per family. Sounds cruel? There is no alternative. Either we implement the policy constructively, or incidents like the current immanent famine in Yemen will do it destructively. Sorry to those who want large families, or to those who want economies built on population growth.
Stan Jones
Stan Jones Месяц назад
Population is NOT growing (via the birth rate), in Western countries.
Dean Koch
Dean Koch 3 месяца назад
Stupid goddamn people/sheeple!
Huy Nguyen
Huy Nguyen 3 месяца назад
7:00 australia chile jordan chile california mexico morroco germany china 14:50
1000kings1 3 месяца назад
china/russia/saudi arabia, basically dictatorships don't have the environmental/elitist(not in my backyard) stopping large scale reuseable energy investment.
K H 3 месяца назад
This Citibank guy sure is doing a lot of self-congratulatory back slapping but light on details.
Colin Watson
Colin Watson 3 месяца назад
it will still cost more than a average wage to heat/or keep cool the family home (you wont be charged less if it cost less to produce it just means more profit ), dont be fooled by this. its controlled by corporations with tax payers money. Infact once they have a complete monopoly they can charge whatever they want .
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
So generate your own.
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
How many birds WORLDWIDE are 'murdered' each year by these Environmentally Friendly WIND TURBINES?Oh, I forgot, that's just a small price to pay for PROGRESS!
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
Very few. That was debunked years ago
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
Do environmentalist CARE about the 'positive scientific details of modern Nuclear power plant DESIGNS'? Or do they all fall for the same old tired predictable 3-mile island, Chernobyl and Fukushima and ignore nearly 275 OTHER Nuclear Plants that daily safely produce 'on-demand' electric power for over ONE BILLION PEOPLE worldwide..Please stop using emotions and use science and evidence to guide your activism and lobbying efforts. Get educated about the NEWEST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT DESIGNS and stop protesting designs that have not and have not been proposed since the late 1970s, those are not being proposed or built. Modern Nuclear power is safer than a car with seat belts and air bags where cars KILL thousands and thousands per year just in the United States which has the highest car safety standards on the GLOBE! Please study the science not the politics or emotion. Emotional and politically motivated resistance to Nuclear Power will make any goals to address, reduce or even reverse anthropgenic climate change impossible. Nuclear Power does not contribute CO2 but the chemicals and manufacturing of SOLAR PANELS and WIND TURBINE absolutely do contribute to CO2 levels.
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
OK. Go build 1000 reactors! See you in.....? 25 years?? TOO LATE!!
Rajko K
Rajko K 3 месяца назад
+Crackles McFarly Thorium reactors consume almost all nuclear fuel. This od Generation 4. I vote for LFTR (or MSR). Just ask RUvid, you will be greatly surprised.
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
Rajko K
Rajko K 3 месяца назад
Yes! LFTR is an answer. But who will the govern the world?
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
Do environmentalist CARE about the type and amounts of CHEMICALS that are used to make SOLAR PANELS? I am including the most MODERN solar Panels? And most people dispose of broken/faulty Solar Panels by throwing them in LANDFILLS. And you say you 'care' about climate change and the environment? I think SOLAR+WIND "sounds nice" and you plug your ears when the 'dirty details' are revealed by dispassionate scientist.
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
COAL,GAS and NUCLEAR delivers energy 'on demand' no matter what the weather conditions are outside and no matter daylight or dark outside. The WIND doesn't blow on average 33% of the time at any given point of the path of a Wind Fam thus NO POWER IS GENERATED. The Sun doesn't shine at NIGHT therefore ZERO energy is produced 40%-60% of the day and then on cloudy days it drops 25% less energy and during rain and thunderstorms you get 99% the same production of energy of NIGHT time hours. SOLAR is slightly more efficient than WIND power but HYDROELECTRIC is Vastly more than SOLAR, COAL AND GAS even more efficient than SOLAR and NUCLEAR power is the most efficient producer of ENERGY.
Fpoon 3 месяца назад
Crackles McFarly Short sighted people like yourself hinder innovation. By your logic we should have never pursued computers cos they were slow, inefficient and power consuming; look how far we have come. These technologies are constantly evolving and improving, and to discard it at such an early stage because of flaws which all new technologies have is just... lol why am I even debating with you.
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
Good luck using expensive wind and solar that's easy to damage with common weather.
Fpoon 3 месяца назад
Thats whole the point of having various sources of renewable energy... When one source is not functional there'll be others that will be. Wind doesn't blow? there'll be hydro. Sun don't shine? there'll be wind. Too windy for wind farms to function? that's where ocean/tidal energy comes in. Of course this is an oversimplification but its unrealistic to be relying on one renewable source to power the country. Although I agree unclear power has the potential to power everything. The current state of nuclear isn't ready for that. High start up capital required, suppressed technologies etc. Where as renewable is relatively cheap and can be implemented into third world countries which is a step closer to eradicating poverty and educating more people. More educated people = faster innovation? renewables is the way to go right now. imo. Oh I forgot, there's also the benefit of reducing greenhouse gases.
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
SOLAR POWER is only cost effective within 999 miles of the equater. The farther north and south you go the less efficient you get and the more DAMAGE to panels from Sand blasting effect from wind and hail storms and animals and the rain/freeze/thaw cycle which is why POT HOLES rampage modern roadways...USE YOUR BRAINS PLEASE.
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
PUT the money in better scrubbing technology for smoke stacks and the output of carbon emissions that come from automobiles and factories. It would be FAR MORE bang for the buck than the WASTED money on Solar Farms and Wind Farms that WASTE SQUARE MILES of land that become unusable for things like GROWING FOOD for the estimated 12 BILLION people we will need to feed in less than 40 years!! People this video IGNORES facts and promotes propaganda!
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
SOLAR AND WIND cannot supply the ON DEMAND energy needs of modern countries like the USA. SOLAR AND WIND cannot and does not have the ability to STORE that energy for later use, it is wasteful and inefficient. Please don't fall for this shit, it is bullshit. Please ask someone who knows about the BATTERY STORAGE PROBLEM!
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
20,000 MEGAWATTS are generated by the Three Gorges HYDRO-ELECTRIC DAM in CHINA's Yangtze River, 800 Megawatt's from a SOLAR FARM is NOTHING !! And the DAM in China is SUPER TINY compared to the WASTEFUL area that Solar Farms use. USE YOUR DAMN HEAD FOLKS. This is a scam!!!!!
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
This is a propaganda video.Sand Storms, Hail, Wind Storms, Lightening, Tornadoes, Hurricanes -> SOLAR PANELS?? What happens to Solar Panels?
Crackles McFarly
Crackles McFarly 3 месяца назад
FRANCE has a LOT of nuclear power and they are going to tell the USA to shift to SOLAR and WIND. FRANCE should CLOSE all it's NUCLEAR power and do what they want USA to do. Let FRANCE go first!
Artjoms Pugacovs
Artjoms Pugacovs 3 месяца назад
They all make big mistake when they mix green energy sources with profit. It like going vegan cause it is cost effective.
Danie van der Westhuizen
Danie van der Westhuizen 3 месяца назад
Uneducated fools. You cant stop climate change. Even with 0 human contribution, it will only slow down a little to it's natural state of change.
Bill Smith
Bill Smith 3 месяца назад
Everyone knows that's solar and wind produced energy it's 30% higher than Natural Gas. solar panels breakdown and wear out before they pay for themselves. If this is just another propaganda lode crap. It's a bunch of politicians and hustlers getting rich off tax dollars.
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
Bill Smith Initials B.S.. ? Or is that just a coincidence?
SkepticalAtheist 3 месяца назад
@Bill Smith And which Oil Corporation website did you get that from??
Ike the ranter
Ike the ranter 3 месяца назад
I wonder what maintenance costs are...
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
Compared to oil rigs, and pipelines, and refineries, and tankers and coal plants and mining equipment ( *every day* ) and nuclear plants?? I would say minimal?
Ike the ranter
Ike the ranter 3 месяца назад
America needs to get off their asses and get in the game. How bout high speed rail while we're at it? We are so far behind. LOSING!!!!
David G
David G 3 месяца назад
The energy revolution is happening but why not embrace revolutionary technology that supersedes wind, solar etc and does not have their respective environmental issues. I came across a game changing technology by an energy company called H2IL that could be the ultimate energy and hydrogen supply. It has the wow factor!
Roger Starkey
Roger Starkey Месяц назад
"Send money now" ... You still have to either burn it, not efficient. Or convert it back to electricity (not efficient)
jo phoenix
jo phoenix 3 месяца назад
It is time for America to concentrate on America the world is free now and china is doing a far,far better job then we have done in Africa!!!! We are or can be a good people it is time we stop usury and build a wonderful nation....
Bainsworth 3 месяца назад
The purpose of solar is to make hydrogen for transportation, not charge LIion batterys, where you gona bury those billions of battery beds. An electrolysis plant the size of a small bedroom can sit behind every service station, with an array of solar cells on its roof.
Christopher Calder
Christopher Calder 3 месяца назад
The religious cult of windmill worship and climate hysteria has killed far more people over the last 20 years than all wars and terrorism combined. Please read *The Renewable Energy Disaster* website at renewable.50webs.com/ and watch *Video Tutorial Cures Climate Hysteria* at renewable.50webs.com/Video-Tutorial.html
SkepticalAtheist 3 месяца назад
+Christopher Calder That BS you commented deserves to be insulted, and you too for doing it, there is no way to form a rational argument against such stupidity.
Christopher Calder
Christopher Calder 3 месяца назад
+SkepticalAtheist You cannot even make a rational argument. All you can do is throw a childish insult and run. That is typical behavior on the Internet.
SkepticalAtheist 3 месяца назад
@Christopher Calder Wow, you're dumb enough to believe anything on the internet.
Hart Fischer
Hart Fischer 4 месяца назад
Great video. Makes me very optimistic. China s air pollution problem is not coal power plants, it is private coal stoves, and dirty industry. Solar is not going to help them much with that. But them ( and the Germans ) being willing to spend huge amounts of their tax papers money on subsidies on currently economically inefficient solar, helps the rest of us to eventually hopefully enjoy economically superior solar on a large scale. Their reward: they will have a lead in the technology. Not sure if the gamble will work, but according to the documentary, it seems promising. Let’s hope for them. It is now the end of 2018, and I am still paying about 20 cents per kWh unsubsidized at the retail level. That is still short of even ridiculous California retail electricity at 16 cents, never mind the 10cent rates back east. I am hoping that Elon Musk can help bring that down some more.
Cryian Sky
Cryian Sky 4 месяца назад
...and now more and more people realise that global warming is bulshit - world wide scam to sell usles solar systems to people who realy do not need! The solar system produce so little energy, that you need miles fields just for 1 house to produce enough electricity! All information its scam, bulshit and not realy calculation! I have fell for this scam and believed Project Solar UK! Got myself 4kw system, and since then i only lost 15 of my money! System does not work, they don't want fix it, and even when it works, it produce a little energy at max sunny day! Electricity bills does not gone down at all, i dont feel any difference in paying bils before and after! DO NOT INVEST IN THIS SCAM! ESPECILAY DO NOT TRUST PROJECT SOLAR UK!!! 44:33 pure bulshit! It never work and It will never work as they say! It will never reduce your bills! he puts politicians in it - nice move, a lot of people hates them and will go against them lol
SkepticalAtheist 3 месяца назад
@Cryian Sky Doubting that climate change is real, that we've been to the moon or that vaccines work (and are infinitely less dangerous than the diseases they prevent) DOES NOT make you look like someone who questions everything and does their own research. It makes you look like a gullible loony that believes every conspirationist blog and woo peddler who wants to look like someone who can think for themselves. Which, obviously, you are not since the evidence for all these things is widely available and is not even debated in the scientific community. By the way, the scientific community IS NOT the government, and IT IS NOT companies or "big anything". Stop saying that, you sound like a f**king stupid idiot.
free electron
free electron 4 месяца назад
Great documentary - so positive and gives us hope for clean energy throughout the globe, even a reversal of global warming.
B. B.
B. B. 4 месяца назад
The climate agreement was good for everyone except USA. Im with Trump every time... Build The Wall, Drill Baby Drill, MAGA!!!
righthandstep5 Месяц назад
Not true at all.
Marsel Senpai
Marsel Senpai 3 месяца назад
i am from albania and i can say that what a fucked up mentality you have
uk-medi-weed-grower 4 месяца назад
two years on and still america believes there is no climate change and still they are miles behind all on the renewables front . the uk is the windiest place in europe . yet still I am being told wind is not viable , neither is solar . we have the strongest tides . and still the government allows turbines to be turned off in order coal be burnt . they say because the fluctuations in the renewables are too great for the grid to contend with . 15 years ago it was advised we build a battery system to stop this effect . 15 years on still no storage system . even if it was a couple of reservoirs . no nothing . fucking oil lobby holding man kind back just like the catholic church during the inquisition . these rich at the top dont like change .
TRICHOMETRIST 4 месяца назад
Water is the latest commodity Hydroponics, aquaponics Geo Thermal Teslas power wall ? I saw a massive battery bank on YT EV s have been around for a while How are those batteries holding up? The biggest tech is now on e bikes,scooters, electro surf boards Household batteries is the next big Sunami!
MegzeeR 4 месяца назад
Why do they always show the solar/wind farms? Doesn't the same sun and wind hit our yards too? Why aren't people even asking why pay another company to collect sunlight to send to our homes and charge us when the same solar panels could be sitting on our roofs or yards doing the same thing only without the vampires in between charging us for it?
Fred Frond
Fred Frond 4 месяца назад
The biggest problem with trump and frankly a large portion of the USA’s population is the total lack of curiosity and lack of belief or understanding of science. Read Michael Lewis’ new book on the dismantling of the people who predict the weather, run the nuclear inventory, energy department by the trump administration. The only problem with solar is you only get power when the sun shines. When the cheapest grid scale battery that is cost effective comes out, and I believe US or China, is close oil is dead 💀 . US has the technology to compete with China and Korea now, in the battle for the development of the battery. But does it have the will because trump wants to spend money protecting coal jobs. He is going to turn the US into a shithole.
S.K JAIN LALITPUR 4 месяца назад
Excellent Video
LeaderOfWolves 4 месяца назад
You ppl who think technology taking our jobs is a bad thing are wrong.. It will allow cheaper productivity and thus cheaper everything so yeah there may be less work but there will be less need to work.. Everything will become dirt cheap because technology will do all the work
PaulB 4 месяца назад
Question : when they give a cost of xx per kWh, does it include recycling of the material, decommissioning of the plant, etc? I believe not (nobody does, especially not nuclear) but at the same time, oil and gas electricity does not include the cost to "compensate" the CO2 emission, I-am right?
PaulB 4 месяца назад
This is so encouraging! It brightens my day for sure! However, just a little precision: the production in China is highly subsidized since the gov is driving and paying for research and dev. But I don't care if it works!
Eugene Steele
Eugene Steele 4 месяца назад
climate change is a normal world event
Jayson Martin
Jayson Martin 4 месяца назад
producing batteries causes pollution as well and it's far more toxic than burning gasoline/diesel on car's engine. humanity have no option but to embrace nuclear technology
Malcolm Holt
Malcolm Holt 4 месяца назад
I got on board the solar wagon 10yrs ago with a modest 2kw array on my roof. Since then It has produced nearly 25,000kwh of clean power reducing my energy cost to a mere $150-$200 yr av. With battery technology improving hand over fist and the cost falling almost audibly, I don't understand why everyone isn't on it! . ..Love the idea of using a car battery for domestic storage!
Andre Zeeuw de
Andre Zeeuw de 4 месяца назад
Ohhhh a green hammer , how cute ...
Dana Putnam
Dana Putnam 4 месяца назад
Aluminum can be used as an energy carrier. I.E. Iceland has abundant hydro power and geothermal power. They take advantage of this surplus by electrolyzing alumina (bauxite oar found in soil everywhere on the planet) this gel like substance is electrolyzed into aluminum metal, it is then shipped (aluminum is light weight and energy dense) to Scandinavia where it is put into a vat of water with an element called gallium. The aluminum begins to have an oxygen reduction reaction with the water giving off the stored electrons. Now once the surface of aluminum is oxidized the reaction stops but in the presence of gallium the oxidative film can not form on the surface allowing the reaction to continue until al of the aluminum metal has transformed back to alumina while giving electricity to the recipients. Then the alumina is shipped back to Iceland to start the cycle over again.
đeri662 4 месяца назад
With wind ans solar you have to take in account the additional costs in the power grid and for energy storage. This makes them still too expensive to use in a greater extent. In the winter, solar production can be less then 10 % of summer production so you need some reserve power plants. I think the best solution to go for is some sort of hybrid power grid, where we use as much hydro power (cheap, clean and flexible) and geothermal (clean, flexible) we can, nuclear energy (cheap, clean apart from the waste, maybe thorium) for the base load, wind and solar coupled with some energy storage (batteries, pumped storage) and gas power plants (flexible and relatively clean, CO2 is not a pollutant) to fill in the gaps.
đeri662 3 месяца назад
+Rajko K Nemam pojma šta si htjeo pitat / nimam pojma kaj si želel vprašat / I have no idea what you were trying to ask.
Rajko K
Rajko K 3 месяца назад
Yes! LFTR is an answer. But who will the govern the world?
đeri662 4 месяца назад
39:18 113 GW battery? You can see he doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.
order9066 4 месяца назад
Natural gas-powered plants run fine at night and when there are cloudy skies, unlike clean, intermittent, unreliable solar power.
Pari Exon
Pari Exon 4 месяца назад
I approve of this product :)
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