Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO Regreening the desert with John 9 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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solarmanhawaii
We at Poncho's Solar here in the 5-O State say "Yes"... to More solar power !
Charles just Charles
dam battery storage ? So what was wrong with hydro to begin with?? Is it not just solar energy without all the expensive complicated crap?
Jane Mortz
They better hope the price of silver doesn't go up. Is there even enough silver? Jp Morgan shorting silver for so long buying all the physical they can get their hands on. Who are they buying for and keeping the price in the toilet?
Diyan Dimitrov
A complete bullshit, this vodeo.
Now we have 2019 - 3 years later. Where are the results from the so called "breakthrough?!"
Mike McDaniels
" In the West, government is only in place for a few years" lol "China doesn't change governments every few years" hahaha lol hahaha lol lol lol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thomas Gill
But wait! ... How can it be a breakthrough when it is three years old?
Angus Osbòrne
Big brother and big oil do not want this and will not bend. You might as well ask Americans to give up their guns! Ain't gonna happen.
andrew dec
What kind a b... is this?
You need to double the cost of investment because you need to build a coal fired plant next door to provide power the remaining 16 hrs each day.
And do not bs us about storingr power.
Can’t be done.
allgoo19
Sorry to burst your bubble.
It's not going to happen.

The world is in hand of oil companies.
They'll fight to the end.

What awaits us at the end is ever increasing floods, droughts, will eventually result in worldwide agricultural failures.
We'll have no food no water, then eventual extinction.

Are you a fan of "small government"?
Small government has no power to fight against the oil industry.
The corporation has been working on this process for a long time, to eliminate the "big government" so no one will fight against them.
Clive Sutcliffe
If you want to spread the message, translate it to English (overdub). That's what you would do if it was in German eg.
pinch mesh
Why hasn't LFTR been tried ? The only reason it stopped was politics in California. And, we know how that works. It is safer, cheaper, and better for the environment that anything else.
DMM Power
It's going to be something to see in 2020 when free energy technology hits the market. DMMPower
Tom Atkinson
This is beautifully made... as the old man speaks (11:10) it slowly pans up and the asian man showing the Sheik the numbers....!
James Bonde
Look at Iceland. They have taken advantage of geothermal energy to the point that ALL of it's energy needs is totally, environmentally sustainable.
James Bonde
Why do the camel jockeys wear a COSTUME that is appropriate to keep the Sun off the head and neck in a cloudless sky, 24/7. Are they STUPID? No, oil money has made them sloppy and ARROGANT.
James Bonde
The most sustainable and cheap energy is SLAVERY. Too many people living the good life. That has to change. Bread and water and a blanket is very cheap for the work that a slave can deliver to the rich elite. The Roman Empire is a perfect example. All Roman citizens were sustained by the largess brought in by the invasions of neighboring countries by Rome's very efficient army.


We need to bring that concept back. We need to invade all of South America and all of Africa and put those useless eaters to work.


MIGHT MAKES RIGHT. We need to apply the might before it's too late.
Robert Deverell
Looks to me to be a vast misuse of land. Also assumes power not needed at early morning, evening or night. Is this a joke.
SassyHershsey SassyHershey
oil and natural gas are imported to China and Europe in 2019 more than any other time in history........2019 fracking is now huge. Solar is still a long way off. Inconvenient facts.
xxwookey
The El Hierro project is indeed groundbreaking, but it's important to understand that they are a long way from energy independent. They still need to run the diesel plant about 40% of the time, they've not replaced all the cars with EVs yet. In 2018 they got 57% of electricty and 13% of total energy from the system. It's been getting better every year as they learn to drive it, but more is going to be needed to get anywhere near 100% of electricity, never mind total energy. The main problem seems to be that the upper resevoir is too unstable to actually fill. The cost was about 8000€ per inhabitant, which is 400€/yr over 20 years, which seems OK. A battery was added at the end of 2018 to help stabilise it.
Lots of data and analysis here: http://euanmearns.com/el-hierro-portal/


This documentary very much glosses over these details and pretends that everything is solved. It's more complicated than that. According to https://eldia.es/canarias/2019-02-05/11-Hierro-coste-utopia-sostenible.htm the overall electricity cost has approximately doubled, although I'm not quite sure how those numbers have been arrived at.
SAXON7147
That's funny Dubi is leading Renewable energy race with solar panels made in chain paid for with oil money! Dubi isn't going to stop producing oil even if they get to 100% solar power! What would they export to keep there economy sustained or growing! Dates,
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Regreening the desert with John Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO 9 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.

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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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