Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO Regreening the desert with John 3 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

Paul Karagiannis
GREAT foresight guys, it is now finally well under way
Mount Olympus
Arab talking about solar energy hmmm smart
Toraguchi Toraguchi
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
The dark mood around Chines pollution is a pointer towards energy transformation.
rRobert Smith
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
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.
Bashu Gautam
$0.05 KWHR CHEAPEST
nsecchi1
To hell with all this! Trump promised us coal!
Bruce Jewell
Lots of great info here. It's exciting. I run a Wind and Solar group on FB.
fruit
solution = use tesla power pack battery to store the green energy. solved
halley0413 9837
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
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
Look how wrong these fools were. Good luck with this plan....
Davey Duff
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
I have not finish this documentary but my prediction is... where is the battery?
perry reasch
cheaper to make // but greed will be the real cost to us $$$$
Jon Tellock
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
In India, Its now 3 cent!!! By 2022, We will have 176000 MW of solar.
jmuld1
Years have gone by, where is competitive green energy?
Omnipotent Om
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
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Regreening the desert with John Breakthrough in renewable energy - VPRO 3 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://w-vidz.com/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://w-vidz.com/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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