Economist Films releases its latest documentary film
01.12.2015

Economist Films releases its latest documentary film "Solar frontiers" as global leaders meet to discuss the future of climate change at COP21

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

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