Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO Regreening the desert with John 4 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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Comments 1189 Comments

Kenneth Kustren
SORRY ... THE THEORY HAS BEEN REPKACED WITH FACTS. EINSTEIN LIED, SCIENCE LIES, AND THERE SEEMS NO HOPE FOR LIES AND PLUNDERERS.
www.varchive.org
www.holoscience.com
www.thunderbolts.info
Memon Fayaz
Great
Cindy Tepper
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
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
What happens when all the world go 100 renewables, millions of jobs will stop?
Scooby
I like the last statement 45:51
Moses Jonson
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
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
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
Excellent documentary; uplifting yet down to earth, quite wide-ranging in its analysis.
Paul Meyer
That is so inspirational.
paul8kangas
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.

YouTube. Paul8kangas.
David McDonald
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
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
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
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
This gives me so much hope for the future.
Sara Petersen
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
GREAT foresight guys, it is now finally well under way
Mount Olympus
Arab talking about solar energy hmmm smart
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Regreening the desert with John Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO 4 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
VPRO World Stories, the travel series of VPRO: https://www.youtube.com/VPROworldstories
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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