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Breaking the Wall of the Fossil Age : How Desertec Can Overcome Energy Resource Limitations and Global Warming

Author: Falling Walls Foundation.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Finding new sources of energy is a key challenge of our era, yet deserts have largely been overlooked. Considering the abundance of energy and lack of inhabitation, building solar thermal power plants in this vast space could generate electricity, which would then be transmitted to countries in Europe and Africa through high-voltage direct current transmission. Due to the high solar radiation in the Sahara, such  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Educational films
Internet videos
Videorecording
Named Person: Gerhard Knies
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Falling Walls Foundation.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.
OCLC Number: 829298539
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 03, 2012.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Part of the series Falling Walls Conference.
Credits: Features Gerhard Knies.
Target Audience: 9 & up.
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (16 min.)) : sd., col.
Contents: Fall of the Berlin Wall (1:36) --
Facing Ecological Disaster (2:06) --
Transitioning to a Global Security Paradigm (1:56) --
Desertec for the World (1:51) --
International De-Carbonization (2:36) --
Obstacles to Global De-Carbonization (1:38) --
Ignorance About Renewable Solutions (2:13) --
Affording Clean Energy (1:35)
Other Titles: How Desertec Can Overcome Energy Resource Limitations and Global Warming
Responsibility: Falling Walls Foundation.

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Finding new sources of energy is a key challenge of our era, yet deserts have largely been overlooked. Considering the abundance of energy and lack of inhabitation, building solar thermal power plants in this vast space could generate electricity, which would then be transmitted to countries in Europe and Africa through high-voltage direct current transmission. Due to the high solar radiation in the Sahara, such plants could deliver 15 percent of electricity needs in Europe alone. This 2009 Falling Walls lecture video explores how one physicist works to make this revolutionary idea for carbon-free power generation a reality. Gerhard Knies initiated the Desertec Industrial Initiative, which aims to find sustainable power supply for all regions of the world with access to deserts. Desertec is supported by a consortium of companies that strive together to make use of one of the biggest natural sources of energy: desert sun.

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