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There are many benefits to using renewable energy resources, but what is it exactly? From solar to wind, find out more about alternative energy, the fastest-growing source of energy in the world—and how we can use it to combat climate change. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Select footage courtesy NASA https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=11056 Renewable Energy 101 | National Geographic https://youtu.be/1kUE0BZtTRc National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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Nam Luu Dao Huy (9 days ago)
This can solve the problem
Keith Rodan (1 month ago)
This glossy attempt to sell renewables omits the fact that, as intermittent sources, they depend on gas turbine plants for backup power, and that's just pumping more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Nuclear doesn't, and it's reliable and statistically safer than all other energy platforms...check it out.
Ogre Lord (1 month ago)
I don’t know why trump is against this. I mean, think of all the jobs that could be made building solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal power plants!
Britany Perez (1 month ago)
These are my people
Vignesh S (1 month ago)
I am MTech Renewable Energy student
TheGamingtiger (2 months ago)
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David G (2 months ago)
I came across videos to another renewable energy technology not listed in this video, but looks to be the ultimate - even better than fusion energy. They have a long name but I remember them by H2IL. They have some brain storming videos worth looking at.
Manuel M Vargas (2 months ago)
FTG Alp (3 months ago)
Bahçeşehir Koleji?!
anchal vijay (3 months ago)
amazing video ...as it briefly describes renewable energy and its advantages n disadvantages...so it vl provide help to people to install n maintain renewable sources of energy by keeping in mind the advantages and disadvantages in order to evaluate whether to use it or not..👌👍
Kanak Yadav (3 months ago)
KidMini (3 months ago)
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KidMini (3 months ago)
Zinteresting i hope zombies take this channel down
Power can be just, or even more, reliable than the grid! You just need the right set up by professionals to take advantage of your location.
đeri662 (1 month ago)
+Haliburton Solar and Wind Of coure we need backup generators, but this isn't clean and sustainable then. The same problem happens in the power grid, just on a massive scale, the need for controlable and dispatchable power is always there.
+đeri662 You're right! All of our off-grid systems are set up with a back-up generator. When there is no sun and/or wind, the generator comes on and charges your batteries.
đeri662 (1 month ago)
Just 2 days of cloudy weather and low wind could drain your batteries, even if you oversize your system.
Gametion 3107 (5 months ago)
lol Im watching this because of a geography project that I have to do
Anh-Tu Phuc Hoang (5 months ago)
Gammareign (6 months ago)
Solar power runs out at night and wind power runs out when the wind stops blowing or even when the wind blows too hard. Hydropower runs out during drought.
đeri662 (1 month ago)
Yes, off-grid is probably not the best idea. You would need some backup like a diesel generator, which isn't exactly clean.
Shane Sisco (6 months ago)
dis litty
Shane Sisco (6 months ago)
Rupsha's videos (6 months ago)
Thanks for the video. It helped in my project
Dennis Harold (6 months ago)
I've found great project for that on Avasva website.
THE XBLP joe (7 months ago)
I came here because of my geography homework
Edwin Hernandez (7 months ago)
Vengo de parte del profe heber:v
Abi Sarwan (7 months ago)
what should i take the major if i want to study about renewable energy? sorry for my english
Rodrigo Tejeda Cano (8 months ago)
a like nuclear energy
volce wagen (8 months ago)
Should be great on a Caribbean island
Undercover Hat (8 months ago)
I'm always disappointed by how short the National Geographic videos are. There is so much more information to convey, and these always just seem like teasers. Not enough information to be of real value. :(
NICK GUN (8 months ago)
I like this!!!
NICK GUN (8 months ago)
I like this!!!
Lew Dong An (8 months ago)
"Energy cannot be create nor destroy", when solar energy panel is broken you have to replace new one, that makes the old one an electronical waste
Siu Hei Chan (7 months ago)
Yes, energy cannot be created or destroyed, but Earth is not a closed system and solar panels capture energy from the Sun. It is also true that energy is required to build solar panels, but the return on investment is many times that.
Jolly Cat (9 months ago)
We continue in the denial renewable energy. We continue at a governmental level. Government should be leading with these (green) initiatives http://hart2020.org/shifting-us-renewable-energy #HartCunningham #Hart2020
Arlene Padda (9 months ago)
This was very helpful, thank you and keep making wonderful meaningful videos that everyone should know about!!!!
FonicsSuck (9 months ago)
Nothing is renewable. Everything will eventually succumb to entropy. You are all going to die, there is nothing you can do about it. Embrace the fact that life, death, existence is meaningless and has zero effect on the mechanics of the universe. Embrace nihilism.
Vincent Richard (10 months ago)
Go vegan!
Czechboy 12 (10 months ago)
Rigoberto Hernandez (10 months ago)
We developed it from common knowledge through animals.
Rigoberto Hernandez (10 months ago)
Thank you eel!
Tyler Kelly (10 months ago)
I can guarantee that the renewable energy sources will take over the world and the oil industry will fall
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Adil Karimov (11 months ago)
Who can advise the best university to study the renewable sources of energy? :)
H. Tomasz Grzybowski (1 year ago)
My tel. +48-780-129-544, email: [email protected] I invented a breakthrough source of energy based on Classical Electrodynamics and on Circuit Theory. It will be useful e.g. for laptops and for cellular telephones. I am looking for capital in the range $500 000 to $5000 000 for prototyping, patents and production.
Kermit The Frog (1 year ago)
Me me big boy
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Paul Adams (1 year ago)
When we inevitably go fully sustainable and use geothermal, biomass, wave energy, tidal energy, solar and wind, cheap stable power will be the norm by ... 1: Using many renewable sources as listed above as even on a windless night the others are unaffected. 2: Using suitable energy storage like batteries, pumped water, liquid air, biomass, hydrogen gas, molten salts, compressed air, pumped hydroelectric power, flywheels and many more. 3: Trading energy over large distances, across continents then eventually the globe. This would even out supply and demand. This is one application that capitalistic free market economics would be most helpful by quickly managing demand and supply at all levels of electricity supply from micro grids to the largest scale. No new technology is need to make this happen as they are all currently in use, many for years As promising new technologies become available they then can be easily integrated into a modern smart grid systems.
Paul Adams (1 year ago)
Roadster 2.0 go's from 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds - making it the first production car to accelerate to this speed in under two seconds. It will also go from 0-100mph in 4.1 seconds and cover a quarter mile drag strip in 8.9 seconds. In addition to this it has a range of 620 miles on a single charge which is almost double what the Tesla Model S has, thanks to its 200kWh battery. Battery technology has come a long way and is improving rapidly.
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Princess Lemmy (1 year ago)
Bio-fuel might be renewable but it's definitely not a "green' energy source. It pollutes more than nuclear.
SaxbySauce (1 year ago)
educational so I dislike
SaxbySauce (1 year ago)
I agree
Hernán Campos (1 year ago)
I'm Mexican and I'm studying engineering in renewable energies. I have to say that I'm in love with my career. We can change the word
Michaelkrm (10 months ago)
First. Why you mentioned that you are Mexican on top of everything? Second. Which "word" you want to change? Bye.
Mundo Salud Max (1 year ago)
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Sakonema (1 year ago)
Who cares about climate change. My country is too cold. -Which is why I buy tires so I can burn them.
Winston Kigonya (2 months ago)
Michaelkrm (10 months ago)
Norway or Russia? Anyway you are worry about economics related issues.
Jimbob84141 (1 year ago)
Just strap a turbine on trump's mouth and we can all live of the power for millions of years. :)
wrclkindadustsub (2 months ago)
for a god you font have good comebacks bubba
Manuel M Vargas (2 months ago)
no u
wrclkindadustsub (2 months ago)
your mum gey
Manuel M Vargas (2 months ago)
Manuel M Vargas (2 months ago)
Kayla A (1 year ago)
Well I could it creates more jobs and service to the community. Yet with low wages abounding we are stuck in a dead zone. Other countries can't afford to do this and are conscious about economic hardships
Mary Beal (1 month ago)
Green jobs pay better than average wages. Other countries have bee using solar for decades. We are waaaaay behind in that, in infrastructure, in modern transportation... health care, the list goes on. Google it and educate yourself. :)
curtboroff (1 year ago)
This is like, so crappy. 😆
You showed an inactive hydro plant, just saying....
Frostnorm Gaiming (1 year ago)
Our country is pouerd by hidro pauwer
Real LifeNCali (1 year ago)
Why the fvck don't we have free energy fvckn greedy nw o
Scott in MN (1 year ago)
If everyone owned three houses and leased a fourth house we could nip climate change in the bud. At least that is why I think President Obama has so many houses.
Mary Beal (1 month ago)
See above...
Mary Beal (1 month ago)
Moron in a red hat.
dlghtfl1 (1 year ago)
And good old AlGore. He even has a private jet so he can go around telling everyone how they are ruining the world with their big carbon footprint.
Mark David (1 year ago)
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Q Tip (1 year ago)
Who else is watching this in 2017?
stickloaf (1 year ago)
everyone knows we are causing global warming and the only people that say we are not is the alt right and Donald "bankruptcy" trumpty dumpty...our leader and trump university graduate
astro guy79 (1 year ago)
phil tripe Hey now, I'm alt-right, but I side with the left on this issue :-)
juste kevin (1 year ago)
Even if climate change is not real we will still run out of oil in the next 50 years at this rate so we need to switch to renewable energy or nuclear energy.
John Doe (7 months ago)
SOX and NOX are removed via filters in coal plants in the US now, there is no worry about smog anymore. Also we have 200+ years of fossil fuels. We should be able to make fusion viable by then and won't have to worry about electricity. In the mean time nuclear is the safest (deaths per kwh BY FAR), runs 24/7 and is cheap.
Gregory Samuel Teo (1 year ago)
while fossil fuels are finite, technology has also made it possible to extract such fuels from previously impossible sources (e.g. shale oil). it is more plausible that oil companies and the OPEC cartel want oil prices to be artificially inflated so they can milk this resource for every cent of profit possible. on the flip side, this does mean that renewable energy has a chance to compete with fossil fuels on price.
juste kevin (1 year ago)
+Ohm KP that's still better than nothing
juste kevin (1 year ago)
+Politically Incorrect Stop lying, 50 years ago nobody even knew that oil reserves would run out anytime soon.
juste kevin (1 year ago)
+Politically Incorrect Coal polute way more, remeber the London deadly acidic smog that killed 12000 people ? If we remplace oil by coal we will live that everytime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN4GhEqtUJ0
Arthur Correia (1 year ago)
Don't show Trump this
Prathamesh Birajdar (1 year ago)
Because of politics..these technologies are still dream for common man
marcos anselmo (1 year ago)
Unfortunately in Portugal it was reason to make an upgrade on the electricity bill too.
Aroder (1 year ago)
by now we should have had dyson spheres around the sun and harness the solar in it's entirety. but instead we're too busy trying to murder each other
European Patriot (1 year ago)
solar power is not renewable.
astro guy79 (1 year ago)
Brandon N. We should be moved out of the solar system by then :-)
Brandon N. (1 year ago)
that is quite the understatement the sun will likely continue shining for a another few billion years
Luis Martinez (1 year ago)
Of course it is! At least for another 4 million years it is.
Warzed Arcanist (1 year ago)
Forum for Democracy oh shutup
the matrix (1 year ago)
What about nuclear fusion?
Lewis Doherty (1 year ago)
Nuclear fusion will likely not be available for decades, if at all. Nuclear fission is safe, because no one will build the Soviet style Chernobyl plants, which no utilities plan to do or would regulatory authorities allow them to do, and no one plans to build 1960's style plants like Fukushima and Three Mile Island. The newer designs don't generate hydrogen which could ignite and explode like as what happened in Fukushima. Unlike Chernobyl, which was graphite moderated (carbon), no graphite is used which would catch fire spreading burning radioactive materials. The newer designs will consume waste from the older generation reactors. Chernobyl had no containment structure. Fukushima had no great containment structure. Then there are the Thorium salt designs which operate at a low pressure, are self regulating and can't disperse much of any quantity of radioactive materials into the air.
Giovani Mansani (1 year ago)
Renewable energy is infinite🖒😉
Anar Qayibov (5 months ago)
Giovani Cygnus yes
A Sparrow (5 months ago)
Nothing is infinite except infinity itself. We're all just stuck in an eternal cycling wheel of time, space & matter vibrating with life & death in x9999999999999999999 reflections of itself like parallel threads.
Phil Rabe (8 months ago)
Sadly not true. The sun has a very finite lifespan. Once it's gone, so are the renewables.
FonicsSuck (9 months ago)
Nothing is infinite. Everything succumbs to entropy and chaos. Your existence is but a bleak, meaningless point on an arbitrary time scale that means absolutely nothing. Embrace nihilism.
in Valhalla神様 (1 year ago)
Nuclear energy is not a fossil fuel. It is a "metal" fuel at best since uranium and plutonium are metals. Cool video though.
Torcher Void (7 months ago)
Literally says in the video "not a fossil fuel".
VerryLongName (1 year ago)
It makes sense
Rolando Sierra (1 year ago)
Climate change is real
Let's Player (8 months ago)
dlghtfl1 OR we could use energy that doesn't hurt the environment too much
dlghtfl1 (1 year ago)
IT IS!! Did you know that millions of years ago there were glaciers covering the earth? Then man invented cars and factories and thawed the glaciers. We should definitely GO BACK to life without those horrendous inventions.
Öhm KP (1 year ago)
nothing new, it's been known for decades. get forward and do something about it
Waxon Junglist (1 year ago)
Bullshit these wind turbines are a scam for tax revenue streams lmao. the wind power industry might be one of the biggest scams that people continue to think is a viable source of energy. Wind farms are so extremely inefficient, they use more power than they create.
dlghtfl1 (1 year ago)
Not to mention how they're subsidized. In my area, the gruberment pays out $1000/month for each one of those that sits on private land. Every tax-paying American should be outraged.
bluesbros620 (1 year ago)
Long live the crude oil and the combustible engine
Luis Martinez (1 year ago)
Long live? You do know it's limited right?
Angry Kittens (1 year ago)
Fat chance. Another 50 years at best. By then a liter of gas will cost you probably a thousand bucks. LOL. Good luck.
Frank M (1 year ago)
Nuclear Fusion is the future
Luis Martinez (1 year ago)
I hope we can actually make it safer and better.
Shifu Careaga (1 year ago)
the matrix (1 year ago)
Shifu Careaga im afraid it is.
Shifu Careaga (1 year ago)
Frank M nope.
Dominique (1 year ago)
Solar panel and wind power on every house with storage battery up back for night/weather issues. Oil companies don't want people to be self-sufficient. Yes, this is expensive but you have to start somewhere.
đeri662 (1 month ago)
But what about the cloudy days with close to no wind? You would need your panels or wind turbines and batteries to be massively oversized, which is not the best idea in my opinion.
Mary Beal (1 month ago)
Our state electric utility started out with baby steps, accepting excess solar power from customers, but then made the option financially unattractive.... They're starting to build their own solar farms and offering to let customers help them pay for their company's investment, ha, when their investors should be bearing the development cost and a bunch of other costs that should be theirs, but are on our bills. You can buy "solar" credits and they make it look like you'll be getting solar energy as part of your electric energy mix, but if you read the fine print, there's not a guarantee that is true... Shell game.
TransTarjuma (1 year ago)
Dominique 100% agree
mark chee (1 year ago)
When can we renewing you ?
mark chee (1 year ago)
You knew renewing energy to your knowing ,don't spoiled our future young with your tiny dots. You failed as a humans being
525Lines (1 year ago)
Maybe someday the oil industry will allow America to install some.
525Lines (1 year ago)
Wind turbines for the generation of electricity has been used in farms since at least the 1920s. Solar water heating was used for over 100 years. Old homes had glass panels in the roof with piping under the glass.
Luis Martinez (1 year ago)
bluesbros620 how long have we developed gas? How many trillions of dollars have been invested into it? How about renewables? How long have THEY been around? How much has been invested in them? it's just a meter of time. Eventually, oil will become obsolete
525Lines (1 year ago)
Since you get more wind at night, solar and wind power is a good pairing.
Angry Kittens (1 year ago)
@bluesbros620 they would. If we actually focused our sciences on them, instead of pouring it into how to squeeze the last traces of oil from dry rock... and then fighting wars over it.
bluesbros620 (1 year ago)
If only they could come close to the same energy output as good 'ole gas and the combustible engine
Tyler_ Lalonde- (1 year ago)
Damn you guys are morons "never run out" the Sun will die killing all the abundant energy you think is renewable and won't end. Nothing last forever.
Luis Martinez (1 year ago)
Google+ Sucks! I did not come up with this. The idea is that objects in the solar system move so much as time goes by, that as more time goes by, the more probable it is that an object in our solar system will crash into us (eventually). the sun has billions of years to go, it is estimated that something will crash into us in about 40 million years or so. I'd look for the source, but your kind words disuade me.
Are you _that_ stupid? Mars and the moon _will not_ going to crash on Earth! there is evidence that the moon is moving away from the Earth -- and who was the idiot that said to you that Mars was going to crash on Earth?
Luis Martinez (1 year ago)
Mars or the moon are going to crash into earth billions of years before the sun actually runs out.
Elvis Hye (1 year ago)
Tyler Lalonde It can still last for a lot of generations though, and I care about the future people, I want them to still have the good things we experienced, so renewable energy is the best bet before the sun kills us all.
Josh P (1 year ago)
What bull honkey.  We can't end climate change.  It started decades ago and it is too late to stop it.
Maccamizer (7 months ago)
My opinion (for everyone replying to Josh P) is that yes, while Global Warming cannot be stopped, it can very much be decreased
Brandon N. (1 year ago)
well global warming won't make the surface inhospitable temp wise unless you live in desert areas that hit above 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a normal basis. It's more likely that we'll see severe weather events that cause widespread crop failure and massive infrastructure damage from things like flooding wind damage from high speed hurricanes. Solutions for problems like those are updating floodplain maps, r&d into hardier crops, and introducing stricter building codes. Besides those localized solutions, strengthening global trade will also have the benefit of insuring that people don't have to be dependent on local food sources when widespread crop failure in your area does occur.
Preparing to Global Waqrming is useless if we don't have ways to stop it or maybe prevent it.
Josh P (1 year ago)
I think the best thing to do is to spend money on preparing for global warming rather then trying to prevent it.  It would take the world way too long to get away from burning fossil fuels, and the time would be wasted.  We need to stay ahead of climate change not steps behind it.  The new question is how do humans adapt to climate change?  I think we will have to build cities and homes underground, within mountains, alongside hills, and anywhere that will remain cooler then the outside temperature.
Pink Soup (1 year ago)
Thanks. this helps me in essay
André (1 year ago)
climate change/global warming is *NOT* a hoax
Just Another Smith (2 months ago)
LOL...Got 'em
Crown (1 year ago)
True, it's not a hoax. It has been happening for billions of years.
Mark Lo (1 year ago)
Itll take centuries for climate change to work. People want you to use renewable sources to generate more profits, its all buisness people. Fossil fuels are cheaper and there is no carbon tax
Princess Rosalina 25 (1 year ago)
Mark Lo so the oil giants who used the same scheme are ok. Renewables are on par with oil and gas, yet they don’t have pollutants and gives the user more independence, and can last indefinitely, yet your reasoning is to still go with the one, oil companies, who schemes you earlier, controls/manipulates prices, and is withholding the expansion in technology within the energy sector. How are they withholding technology, because chemically speaking you can only hold a certain amount of energy with a gallon of oil, while batteries can keep getting denser and denser and more efficient simultaneously. Imagine the applications of having a car with 1000 km of range, no pollution, no loud engine sounds, no paying for gas.
Brandon N. (1 year ago)
My bet is that within 10 years we'll likely see climate refugees flood the West. If you want to make a bet with money put it down on an investment in an area that isn't identified as a flood plain but is close to one with a similar elevation
Josef K (1 year ago)
You could imagine the timeline like this: The surface temperature will be the same as it was 10,000,000 years ago in the year 2100. Then in only a century later the Earth will be the same temperature it was 30,000,000 years ago.
green green (1 year ago)
I didn't used to believe in solar energy,now Im "warming"up to the idea=)
Everything (1 year ago)
i support this 1000%
National Geographic (1 year ago)
We love your enthusiasm!
The Young Turds (1 year ago)
Thiessen Yang think u missed a decimal point after 1
JL (1 year ago)
Dargunsh (1 year ago)
Cool, future is on Renewable energy
daffa faiz (1 year ago)
So why we keep to use the fuel for all time
Josh P (1 year ago)
Daffa Faiz, because rich corporations built their business around fossil fuels, and they are too powerful to undermine.
The Young Turds (1 year ago)
God bless the brilliant minds who invented vehicles that ran on dino goo. Amen !
The Young Turds (1 year ago)
MyDefendor Q its a funny pic and a funny name. Doesnt mean that my opinions are fake
MyDefendor Q (1 year ago)
Look at his profile picture and name. This guy is a text-book internet troll!
The Young Turds (1 year ago)
Luis Martinez definitely. God's mysterious creations !
Luis Martinez (1 year ago)
Wait... you believe in dinosaurs?
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Ankit BHANDARI oh ok, how do you find that out
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