As global leaders assemble in Paris this month to discuss the future of climate change at COP21, today The Economist has released a film about the people and projects pushing the frontiers of solar power around the world.
'Solar Frontiers' is the third episode in the “Global Compass” series of mini-documentaries, examining new approaches to thorny social and policy problems.
The film starts in Haiti. Ravaged by an earthquake in 2010, it has since become a proving ground for new approaches to “off grid” electricity, including solar lighting. Globally, around 25% of people lack access to the electrical grid; in Haiti, it’s 75%.
But the off-grid solar power has its enthusiasts in the developed world, too. The film visits a steel works in Alabama that generates 100% of its own power, using vast solar arrays.
Meanwhile, researchers are looking for new ways to make solar panels more efficient. One of the most promising approaches involves a new class of materials called perovskites.
“Solar Frontiers” can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-m9OR9vcaM
For details on this press release or to arrange an interview, please contact