Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO Regreening the desert with John 5 months ago   46:11

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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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Credits:
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.
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tod jones
Thorium based Nuclear energy is already cheaper but Westinghouse that owns the biggest percentage of Uranium reserves doesn't want competition so it had congress outlaw development. Our energy polity is as corrupt as our foreign policy.
David Macdonald
This is very true, but still people wont come to the also obvious fact that methane gas from cows animal agriculture in general ,people's food habits must change, look up doctor greger on utube and doctor esselstine ,this is something so important and frankly we are waiting to long to do something about it watch cowspirisy.
Brian Daigle
Rare earth minerals wont last forever either but better than oil but not a true long term answer.
Ron McGill
Was thinking about going solar good rebates to do it . But the electric companys won't let
Me do it they tell me only can build one big enough for the electric i use during the day . The electric company don't want people to do it Maybe different parts of the country but not here . Electric bills keep going up .
Thomas Bressler
Stupid China should have went for free energy not Solar or wind. Perpetual motion energy will outdo solar or wind.
Irvin Wittmeier
If you want to stop climate change stop chem trailing stop dumping barges of trash into the ocean becouse it's cheaper than recycling and stop calling CO2 harmful its plant food Oh and stop lieing about there being climate change in the first place
Astro Mars
Just want the Aliens to annihilate us all.....
Sean Newhouse
A point where it'll have to come between more public grid and private/new mass grid
Sangria sparkle spritz mule barrel
snow hydro steam air evaped ~~~~ snow hydro steam air ~~ vented flooring vented funnels hydroelectric generator water turbine generator
murderdogg
27:19 They short-sold the stocks of the competition. That shows pride in their product.
Edit: The host resembles Bill Nein.
David Motyka
The whole Earth needs this.
Proitalian anthony
My god !!! What are the implications in Northern Countries where the sun is seldom
Seen during the winter months. This is definitely a one sided venue.
Paul Fekkes
When are people gping to realize, there is NO such thing as renewable energy. The energy taken out of a system can never returned to be ŕenewed. A lot of smoke and mirrors ! Read the second law of thermodynamics!
Rimda Cinah
I don't know. Good idea but I'm still getting a weird feeling about this. What kind of damage is this going to do? Making batteries and disposing of them and taking over all that land 🤔 and still have oil, coal, dams,ecs. We really need to do something like now but we have to be smart and not fuck up the planet any more than we already have.
Mark Chamberlin
Is there a 2019 update to this? This was released three years ago. Frightening enough for 2016. Where do things stand now?
Jesse O'Reilly
It's obviously good that you can produce the energy cheaper and hope the tech continues to improve, but that by no means solves the issues of A) Not being able to produce enough energy in colder, darker climates, B) The sheer amount of landmass and resources that would be necessary to even try and achieve equivalent energy output to fossil fuel powered electricity and C) Not currently having any significant way to store surplus energy. Again, good things to research and develop and implement where practical and economical, but we are by no means able to "go green" at this stage in history. Don't believe me? Read up on Germany, Ontario-Canada or Australia and see for yourself where their naivety as gotten them on this subject.
Al Settle
Please forward this to Trudeau. He's the guy who just spent billions of taxpayer money on a pipeline project, against the express wishes of most Canadians, and his own pre-election promise.
Steve Fortuna
In 2019, 20 year solar PPAs are being signed today at 2.4 cents per kWH with 1% escalator for large utility scale systems in the desert. Coal and natural gas cannot touch those prices. SUCK IT, KOCH BROTHERS! If Congress had half a brain they'd KEEP the 30% ITC for the next 5 years and invest in R&D for battery storage and watch solar become ubiquitous all over the country - even in 'oil country'.
Joey Jitzel
You may be able to produce energy cheaper than fossil fuels with solar power but you would need to cover an area approximately 130% of the USA's land mass in solar panels to create enough electricity to meet the current demand. Solar panels are going to have to become more efficient by a factor of 4 to even begin to be a viable option. Then there is the battery storage problems that will need to be dealt with, not to mention the huge battery recycling problem that would be created. It all sounds like a good idea but there is the molten salt reactor that has yet to be fully investigated that has an energy density 1000 times what solar or wind power have.
Mike Breeden
This is an interesting video... simply describing some powerful economic forces that will change the world. Renewable energy is just cheaper than fossil fuels. May I recommend a video to go with it about economical utility scale battery technology - https://ufl.ae/videow/fTnuwsPgn_8&j=2073i
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Regreening the desert with John Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO 5 months ago   47:31

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For more than 15 years, cameraman and ecologist John D. Liu has been working on his worldwide mission to green deserts and to restore biodiversity.

It all started in 1995 when Liu filmed the Loess-plateau in China. He witnessed a local population who turned an area of almost the same size as The Netherlands from a dry, exhausted wasteland into one green oasis. This experience changed his life. From that moment on, Liu has been travelling all over the world to convince and inspire government leaders, policy-makers and farmers with his film material and knowledge. Liu diligently spreads the message that restoration of ecosystems is not only possible, but also economically very meaningful.
Backlight accompanies Liu on his mission in Jordan and shows on the basis of Liu’s own film material that a green future is possible worldwide.

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2012.
© VPRO Backlight April 2012

On VPRO broadcast you will find nonfiction videos with English subtitles, French subtitles and Spanish subtitles, such as documentaries, short interviews and documentary series.
VPRO Documentary publishes one new subtitled documentary about current affairs, finance, sustainability, climate change or politics every week. We research subjects like politics, world economy, society and science with experts and try to grasp the essence of prominent trends and developments.

Subscribe to our channel for great, subtitled, recent documentaries.

Visit additional youtube channels bij VPRO broadcast:
VPRO Broadcast, all international VPRO programs: https://www.youtube.com/VPRObroadcast
VPRO DOK, German only documentaries: https://ufl.ae/profile/KSRy0LUFQDcyJ5pEeWlSy8Iw
VPRO Metropolis, remarkable stories from all over the world: https://www.youtube.com/user/VPROmetropolis
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VPRO Extra, additional footage and one off's: https://ufl.ae/profile/KSJBhxA07w6BF-ZjJ0LLU56Q
www.VPRObroadcast.com

Credits:
Composition: Jeroen van den Berk / Gijs Meyer Swantee
Directed by: Rob van Hattum / John D. Liu
Research: Gerko Wessel
Production: Marie Schutgens
Senior editors: Henneke Hagen / Jos de Putter

English, French and Spanish subtitles: Ericsson.
French and Spanish subtitles are co-funded by European Union.

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