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History of Renewables (02:06)


In 1838, William Robert Grove introduced the hydrogen fuel cell; William Adams developed solar power principles in 1876. In 1888, Charles Brush invented the wind turbine; a hydro-electric power plant debuted in 1893. John Grant harnessed geothermal power in 1922; wave power use first occurred in 2000.

Biobutanol (04:06)

Microbiologist Martin Tangney uses waste from whiskey distilleries to make engine fuel. He compares his product to ethanol. His goal is to reduce the use of fossil energies.

Intelligent Energy (04:20)

Physicist Mark Lawson Statham develops fuel cells capable of splitting hydrogen into atoms; the releases electricity generating electrons. He and Nick Glass demonstrate a hydrogen powered vehicle. The product could replace fossil fuels and have other applications.

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The New Renewables

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We explore the new sources of clean energy that could power our future. First up, we look at a new bio-fuel, biobutanol, that could replace petrol and diesel, and it all comes from another essential liquid, at least for the Scots - whiskey. The byproducts of the whiskey distillation process are combined with a few other chemicals and a clear fluid is produced – biobutanol – which can be used by a car or truck or plane straight away, unlike ethanol. The scientist behind the approach has revitalized a technology, first used in World War II fighter planes, to help fight an ever greater enemy, climate change. We then explore how hydrogen is shaping up to be the power source of the future.

Length: 12 minutes

Item#: BVL183774

ISBN: 978-1-64481-934-0

Copyright date: ©2016

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