The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy

2016 ,    »  -   10 Comments
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The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy

Clean energy is becoming less exotic and more practical than ever before thanks to the efforts of a few key countries. Collectively, they're greasing the wheels for a worldwide revolution. The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy, a new documentary produced by the acclaimed VPRO Backlight series, takes us inside the corporate offices and production lines where this groundbreaking work is being done, and examines what it could mean for the future of energy consumption on Earth.

What main factor will ultimately determine the widespread acceptance and use of solar and wind energy? In a word: cost. Once upon a time, investments in these alternative energy sources were considered an extremely risky proposition. After all, the cost to the consumers was many times that of energy powered by natural gas and other traditional fossil fuels. However, as argued by the film's impressive panel of expert industrialists and other energy entrepreneurs, new and untested technologies are always priced high on the outset. Once the research, innovation and production of these technologies begin to progress and mature, the costs go down. This is where the industry stands today.

The filmmakers travel the globe to discover where these seismic advancements are taking place. In China, where air pollution has reached catastrophic levels, the government has made unprecedented investments in the development of solar and wind powered technologies. Their efforts are beginning to pay off in a big way, and reverberate throughout the rest of the world. Thanks to increased production savvy and volume, the cost of solar energy has now dipped by more than 80%, and wind energy has decreased by 50%. As the cost of these resources begin to fall well below that of natural gas, how long will it take for other regions of the world to opt in?

The industry's fight to acquire the hearts and minds of consumers can only be won through simple economics; consumers will begin to embrace green technologies when the dollars make sense. With great insight and access, The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy shows us how this battle is being waged and won everywhere from Abu Dhabi to the Netherlands to California.

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10 Comments / User Reviews

  1. User1

    Geezzz, I never thought being labeled as a "tree hunger" would be construed as being negative.

  2. ProudinUS

    They're using the Okchems Razor theory to explain their position on this one. Energy is 90% h20, and 10% carbon.

  3. bluetortilla

    Yeah, in part of this you can still fell the heavy greed of the corportists. They'd never spend a penny 'for the good of the world' but they'll invest if only if they can make a buck. As long as we allow jugheads like to run our economy, we'll never have peace.
    Other parts were touching (the last third) and educational (look at what China's doing). All in all, this doc gave me a lot of hope, And indeed, let's all hug a tree. What kind of person doesn't love trees???

  4. KsDevil

    That's very clever of the islanders.
    Wind and solar to provide electricity to run the pumps and a man made hydro power system to compensate for calm and over cast days.
    A model that can be duplicated in many areas on the planet.
    But, I'm still hoping solar technology will advance so that I will be able to upgrade my motor home to get the same size as my 100 watt panels but have double the output at half the cost.
    And that battery technology will do the same.

  5. bluetortilla

    It's right around the corner Ks. We've already won- the market will do the rest. What we have left is some SERIOUS damage control from CO2 plus the re-engineering of agriculture.

  6. NewNRG

    Where are the functioning cold-fusion reactors ?

  7. Les

    excellent info . Lets make the transition to clean energy as quick as we can and even make money doing it. If the big bad money guys can still make some money it will make the whole thing move faster

  8. DustUp

    Utrecht? Netherlands? UNWISE idea to use car batteries as storage. Unless of course you want to be paying for a new battery replacement for YOUR car much sooner. Current battery tech has a limited cycling life. Making that system and kilowatts, rather killa battery a lot, MUCH more expensive. This is the problem when tree huggers who don't investigate ...or don't care what happens to the average person. Symbolism over substance.
    Not one thing new in the video except the falling price and those deciding it is worth it now. Where there is no water to pump higher for storage you can winch dead weight uphill. Or like was proposed in California, LA I think, which has hills all around and some unused train tracks, a train load of rocks with generators in the locomotives or some such thing. However, these large scale systems mean the big boys still get to send you an electric bill.
    What will govt do when the price of energy falls? They will say they need to tax it more because you can afford to pay more, since you were before.
    The ONLY answer for those who prefer freedom, which in much of the world equates to keeping as much of your money as possible, so govt cannot use it against you to buy votes with, is to have your OWN energy production. This will create bountiful jobs in the manufacturing, selling, installing, and servicing of such systems. That eliminates the UGLY grid of power poles, wires, and their expense ...not to mention the large swath of no longer huggable trees cut down through tree-ville to put in a new energy corridor consisting of those big tall metal power line holder uppers, slated to go in.
    I wonder if you could convince enough people to turn a generator if you paid them so much a kilowatt. That might convince a few of us who need to go to the gym, to go.

  9. Ace_vsr

    Forget solar and wind. Thorium powered nuclear reactors are the future

  10. Christian

    'Every where you go, people give you banana's and food for free, if they can do so can we'..
    Sadly, those inhabitants (or should I say leaders) made the island sustainable for the people there, that is not the case in ANY westerns society.
    Western society values profit above everything else, which is evident by legislation over the past 100 years resulting in 50% of the worlds wealth being in the hands of less than 100 people, for that very same reason; No, we cannot do what they did on the Island.

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