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Renewable Energy


Renewable Energy



GREENING OF ENERGY, THE

Although renewable energies are seen as "clean and green", their development can often be cause for conflict. Some forms of renewable energy are also limited by weather and climate. Examine the pros and cons of a variety of renewable energy sources with this title that draws examples from the UK, India and Europe. The de-carbonisation of energy is discussed, and Tidal, HEP, Wind, Solar, Biomass and Biogas are all considered.

DVD / 2014 / (KS 3-5) / 46 minutes

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SAVING SUNSHINE: KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON WITH BATTERIES AND SOLAR POWER

By Winnie Hoskyns-Abrahall, Bill Hennessy

In plain language, master electrician and solar installer Bruce Hankins explains AC coupling, the combining of a grid-tied solar electric installation with an off-grid battery backup system.

As the world turns to sustainability, solar enriches our lives. SAVING SUNSHINE takes a look at today's developments in solar electricity and its increasing role as power provider.

Combining the best features of off-grid, stand-alone solar installations with grid-tied systems that provide distributed generation, photovoltaic systems have evolved into AC-coupled systems. They provide back-up, stand-alone electricity while also using renewable solar energy for our everyday electrical needs.

This combination of renewable energy and energy storage connects multiple inverters with maintenance-free batteries and opens the door to energy independence in a sustainable, low-carbon future.

Teachers, electricians, system installers, architects, owners of grid-tied systems and solar advocates will find the clear explanations in SAVING SUNSHINE helpful in learning the specifics of an AC-coupled system and how it forms a local distribution system to deliver electricity in a more reliable and environmentally friendly manner.


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 34 minutes

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ENERGY - BIOFUELS USE ON THE RISE

The energy demands and rising cost of oil have encouraged scientists and engineers to develop renewable energy alternatives. Biofuels are renewable energy sources from organic materials such as plants or animals that are directly converted into liquid fuels. The two most common biofuels in use today are ethanol and biodiesel. Engineered biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel that are made from starches, sugars and cellulose are already in use as blending agents and additives that greatly reduce vehicle emissions. Algae as a bio-fuel has become more common because it is easy to harvest and these single celled photosynthetic organisms are known for their rapid growth and high energy content.

DVD / 2012 / (High School or above) / 13 minutes

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ENERGY - TRANSFORMING RENEWABLE RESOURCES: BIOMASS & SOLAR ENERGY

This program stresses the importance of caring for our environment and provides an overview of multiple energy sources such as biomass and solar energy. Documents how some states are trying to enact laws that require local power plants to increase their power provided by renewable energy. To preserve our planet's health, scientists explore green projects involving ecologically friendly architecture and sustainable communities with solar homes and green housing developments.

DVD / 2012 / (High School or above) / 18 minutes

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ENERGY - TRANSFORMING RENEWABLE RESOURCES: PHOTOVOLTAICS

Learning to incorporate a variety of eco-friendly energy sources into our businesses and homes will make Earth a better place to live. This program explores photovoltaics, the design behind wind turbine technology and the creative processes behind vehicles in the American Solar Car Race. Zero energy houses of the future will use many of these technologies to produce more energy than they consume. Renewable energy technologies are important for the future of our planet. This program shows how people in different areas are doing their part to explore the potential of several promising renewable energy technologies.

DVD / 2012 / (High School or above) / 18 minutes

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DIRTY BUSINESS: CLEAN COAL AND THE BATTLE FOR OUR ENERGY FUTURE

Directed by Peter Bull

Reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and looks at promising developments in renewable energy technology.

In the digital age, half of our electricity still comes from coal. DIRTY BUSINESS reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to a renewable energy future.

Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to remain dependent on a 19th century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases.

Can coal really be made clean? Can renewables be produced on a scale large enough to replace coal? The film seeks answers in a series of stories shot in China, Saskatchewan, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada and New York.

The film features amongst others: Robert Kennedy Jr., Bill McKibben, Dr. James Hansen, Myron Ebell, Don Blankenship, Joe Lovett, Maria Gunnoe, Dr. Vaclav Smil and Dr. Julio Friedmann.

Reviews
  • "A must-see for anybody concerned with our environment and energy future." - Brent Yarnal, Department of Geography, Penn State University

  • "The best and most comprehensive look at global dependence on coal, and explores some promising alternatives...wind, solar thermal, increased energy efficiency through recycling 'waste heat'--which makes this a valuable resource for science as well as social studies classes...Dirty Business is a fine and lively overview of a complicated issue." - Rethinking Schools

    Awards
  • First Place, Documentary, Appalachian Film Festival
  • Spirit of Innovation Award, EcoFocus Film Festival

    DVD / 2011 / (Grades 8-12, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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    WINDFALL

    Director: Laura Israel

    Wind power... it's sustainable ... it burns no fossil fuels...it produces no air pollution. What's more, it cuts down dependency on foreign oil.

    That's what the people of Meredith, NY first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement the rural farm town's failing economy with a farm of their own -- that of 40 industrial wind turbines. But when a group of townspeople discover the impacts that a 400-foot high windmill could bring to their community, Meredith's residents become deeply divided as they fight over the future of their community. With wind development in the United States growing annually at 39 percent, Windfall is an eye-opener for anyone concerned about the environment and the future of renewable energy.


    DVD-R / 2011 / 83 minutes

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    BURNING IN THE SUN

    An inspirational portrait of a young West African man who starts a business building solar panels from scratch and selling them to rural customers in Mali.

    6-year-old Daniel Dembele is equal parts West African and European, and looking to make his mark on the world. Seizing the moment at a crossroads in his life, Daniel decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels -- the first of its kind in the sun-drenched nation. Daniel's goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99% of which live without power.

    BURNING IN THE SUN tells the story of Daniel's journey growing the budding idea into a viable company, and of the business' impact on Daniel's first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Addressing climate change, poverty, and self-sufficiency, the film demonstrates how a small-scale, local business model can provide jobs, appropriate technology, and empowerment to people everywhere. The film also explores what it means to grow up as a man, and a vision of what it takes to prosper as a nation.

    Reviews
  • "If you are hungry for solutions to renewable energy development in developing countries, this is the film you have been waiting for." - Len Broberg, Director and Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Montana

  • "As a teacher and user of small-scale solar PV systems, I very much appreciate the take-away message of this film--innovation, education, collaboration can make solar energy truly accessible, affordable and fun. Bravo!" - Dr. Jonathan Scherch, Core Faculty, Center for Creative Change, Antioch University Seattle

  • "A fascinating subject...riveting, and the ramifications are pretty extraordinary--for Mali, of course, but for poor countries worldwide and, in fact, for some rich ones, too." - TrustMovies blog

    Awards
  • Grand Jury Prize, Best Environmental Film, Santa Cruz Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Indie Spirit Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, Southern Utah International Documentary Film Festival

    DVD / 2010 / (Grades 7-9, College, Adults) / 83 minutes

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    ELECTRIC CARS

    Join the Eco=Kids Explorers as they travel to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), having been granted an all-access pass to learn about Electric-Plug-in cars. Before key interviews with scientists and engineers, the Explorers give a history of the Electric-Car from the beginning of the 20th Century to today. Then we explore an electric car that was designed at NREL and is being tested for possible mass production.

    DVD / 2010 / (Elementary, Senior High) / 16 minutes

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    HYDROGEN FUEL CELLS

    Join the Eco=Kids Explorers as they travel to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with an all-access pass to learn about Hydrogen Fuel Cells. After an explanation and history of what a Hydrogen Fuel Cell is, our explorers team up with NREL testers and explain a modern Hydrogen Fuel Cell car. Students will learn how close we are to having them in our driveways.

    DVD / 2010 / (Elementary, Senior High) / 16 minutes

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    BIOFUEL

    Will we be able to grow all of our fuel in the future? Along with exploring bold new ways of harvesting energy from biomass, Innovation Nation uncovers an amazing biofuel jet truck, a record breaking flying machine, and a unique car made almost entirely of organic matter.

    DVD / 2010 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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    WIND POWER

    Can the wind provide us with all of our power? Along with cutting-edge wind farms and new turbine designs, Innovation Nation meets renegade inventor Doug Selsam as he builds the world's first flying turbine, a device that may just change our world.

    DVD / 2010 / (Senior High, College) / 24 minutes

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    GEOTHERMAL ENERGY

    Simply put, geothermal energy derived from heat produced by the core of the earth. Geothermal energy is one of the oldest renewable resources used by humans. It has been used since the Ancient Roman times as a heat source. Recently, we have begun to harness that energy as a source of power. Geothermal power plants take the heat from the earth and bring it to the surface to create steam that spins a turbine. We have a constant supply of heat from the earth. The challenge is finding where it is strongest and bringing it to the surface. The Eco Kids will guide us through this process and explain a few different ways that geothermal power plants operate. Find out how experts are working to fine tune the process and make geothermal power plants more affordable and useful across the country.

    DVD / 2008 / (Elementary, Senior High) / 11 minutes

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    POWER PATHS - SPECIAL EDITION

    By Bo Boudart
    Narrated by Peter Coyote

    How can America truly end its dependence on fossil fuels and transition to green power?

    Power Paths is an inspiring documentary about how Native American communities across the West are leading the transition to alternative energy sources.

    Ten percent of America's energy comes from Native American lands, including a third of the U.S. coal deposits and hydroelectric dams that feed the grid. These coal mines and plants brought jobs to the region, but they also brought pollution, cancer and environmental destruction.

    Power Paths chronicles the efforts of several tribes as they fight to end the harmful use of coal and work to bring clean, renewable energy projects into their communities, including wind and solar power. As Power Paths reveals, many Native American tribes are not waiting for the government to act. Instead, they are actively seeking investors and a way to control their own energy and sell the rest to the power companies.

    As the nation at large struggles to disengage itself from the chains of a fossil-fuel-based economy, Power Paths signals cause for hope that an alternative is not somewhere in the future, but possible right now.

    Review
  • "Power Paths is a powerful and revealing documentary that addresses balance between conservation and preservation at a level that affects Native Americans... but has larger reaching implications on us all. It is a must see." - Ed Foreman, Programming Director, Trail Dance Film Festival

    Notes
  • Nominated Best Documentary - American Indian Film Festival
  • Official Selection - Wild and Scenic Film Festival
  • Official Selection - Sonoma Environmental Festival

    DVD (Closed Captioned, With DVD-ROM) / 2008 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 56 minutes

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    RENEWABLE FUELS

    Traditionally we have relied heavily upon non-renewable energy resources, however we have now reached a tipping point globally where the environment cannot sustain such impact, nor do we have the resources to continue this. This program clearly shows the environmental impacts of both renewable and non-renewable energy sources. It guides us through numerous renewable energy sources, how the energy is collected and the pros and cons of renewable energy. The program also explores what is happening around the globe with the introduction of wind farms, wave parks and solar farms. This is an up-to-date look at a vital issue.

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    DVD / 2008 / (Senior Secondary) / 24 minutes

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    BIOFUEL FROM BRAZIL: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE

    Brazil claims to have stolen a march on the industrial world. It's developed a cost-effective alternative to petroleum by growing sugar to produce ethanol.

    Brazil's sugar crops are a great source of the petrol-substitute ethanol. And now rising oil prices and Brazil's production of ethanol have led to an automotive revolution in the country.

    Car manufacturers in Brazil have created the flex car -- a vehicle that can run on either ethanol or petrol, or any combination of the two. Over 1.3 million flex cars are now running in Brazil - more than half total car sales

    The foundations for the country's "sweet revolution" were laid during the oil crisis in the 1970s, when Brazil's military-led government bankrolled the development of the ethanol industry.

    Ethanol can be produced from many crops but, in Brazil, it is made from the most potent and cost effective crop of them all, sugar cane. Brazil is the world's largest exporter of sugar and the biggest producer of ethanol.

    Sugar has been grown in Brazil for centuries, it's the conversion to alcohol that's a relatively new phenomenon.

    In north-east Brazil, much of the harvesting continues to be done by hand. Each man works a 10 hour day, 6 days a week, and cuts 8.5 tons of cane.

    The Brazilian government sees ethanol as a chance for the country to boost its economy by becoming a major exporter.

    Car manufacturers claim that the change to cars running on ethanol can be achieved without great costs. Special software helps the car to adjust for whatever mix of petrol or ethanol it's using.

    But it's not just on the roads that ethanol is powering Brazil. The world's first ethanol-fuelled planes are now being built.

    In Brazil, the price of fuel has helped convert millions to ethanol. But they're also claiming environmental advantages because ethanol exhaust gasses are cleaner.

    But not everyone is convinced that ethanol is Brazil's environmental saviour. Burning off sugar cane before the harvest is widely considered to be bad environmental practice.

    And although ethanol may be a renewable fuel, growing more sugar puts pressure on home soil. The sugar industry has a bad track record when it comes to looking after the environment, and forests throughout Brazil are being destroyed by the sugar farmers.


    DVD / 2007 / 41 minutes

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    BIOFUELS: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SUPPLY

    This program investigates the mode of production of a range of biofuels, from biogas, ethanol and butanol to vegetable oils and biodiesel.

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    DVD / 2007 / (Senior Secondary) / 22 minutes

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    ENERGY REVOLUTION, AN? RENEWABLE ENERGY IN GERMANY

    Germany is leading the world in encouraging renewable energy. By 2050, half of its energy could come from renewable sources. But what's the real cost of its energy revolution?

    Germany's landmark EEG law compels power companies to buy electricity at above market prices, from anyone using renewable technology to generate it. "It's the beginning of an energy revolution," says politician Herman Scheer.

    The renewable revolution has already come to the German village of Juhnde where residents now produce their own electricity from manure.

    "I'm personally very happy," says one resident, "because now I am independent of the international oil prices." 30 neighbouring villages are so impressed they're planning to invest in their own plants.

    Germany is now the world leader in renewable energy. 10% of its electricity requirements are now supplied by wind, solar, bio-mass and small hydro. That will grow to 20-25% within 15 years, when nuclear is scheduled to be phased out.

    The EEG law has also led to a boom in solar power. Near the German city of Leipzig is a brand-spanking-new solar panel factory using groundbreaking technology developed in Australia. Germany's support for renewable energy is sucking in technology from around the world.

    Germany's renewable energy industry now employs 170,000 people - a new industry. But not everyone is a fan. Power companies, forced to buy renewable energy at a high price, pass the cost onto consumers and business.

    This means electricity for domestic use is the most expensive in Europe - for business it's the second most expensive. The critics say that makes some parts of German industry uncompetitive - and actually costs the country jobs.

    For Germany's big four energy companies, renewables represent a big threat. With conventional power stations, they make money both from power generation and from distribution. But with renewables they are largely restricted to distribution alone.

    Dieter Schaarshmidt is a renewable energy pioneer. He manages a windmill co-operative and is aiming towards 100% renewable energy in the region. "We think that renewable energy should be owned by the people in the region," says Dieter. But the bigger companies are already starting to take over.

    The big power companies argue that renewables can't guarantee supply. And because electricity itself cannot be stored on a large scale, they say for the foreseeable future, renewables can only fill a minor, top-up role. And they're getting support from some German politicians who want to keep open the option to use nuclear power.

    But Hermann Scheer says renewables alone can meet Germany's entire energy needs, because hydro and bio-mass can guarantee supply when wind or solar are not available. He says the power companies oppose renewables for financial, not technical reasons.

    "The most important question is how long do we need?" says Scheer, "Because if this development is postponed and postponed again and again, then we will lose the race against time."


    DVD / 2007 / 30 minutes

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    ENERGY AND RESOURCES

    As the Earth's fossil fuel reserves decline, what forms of energy will come next? After discussing the formation, uses, and consequences of burning coal, oil, and natural gas, this DVD explores the development of alternative resources that may someday completely replace them: nuclear power, solar energy, biomass, geothermal energy, hydroelectric power, and wind power. Benefits, costs, and environmental impacts are considered.

    Review
  • Recommended by Science Books & Films.

    DVD / 2006 / (Grades 7-12) / 21 minutes

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    INFINITE, THE: A PRIMER ON SOLAR, WIND & HYDROGEN

    A terrific introduction to the concepts and benefits of renewable energy, The Infinite clearly illustrates the emerging technologies of wind, solar and hydrogen. While stunning aerial photography of wind turbines captures the imagination of students, engaging diagrams demonstrate the fundamental science behind these technologies.

    The Infinite clearly explains what renewable is, why it is important, why it benefits us now, and how this promise will grow in the future. Students are shown the value of renewable energy sources through illustrations of the benefits of developing power systems that are pollution-free. This engaging film encourages students to envision a world with energy sources that are secure, abundant and infinite.


    DVD / 2005 / (Grades 7-12) / 12 minutes

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    SOLAR ELECTRIC CAR PRIMER

    Well-intended novices experiment with solar energy and electric cars; also the "Tour de Sol" is an excellent example of how students can get first-hand experience with engineering design.

    Review
  • "An ahead-of-its-time program whose time has arrived." -Science Books & Films

    DVD / 2004 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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    KILOWATT OURS

    By Jeff Barrie

    Did you know that by recycling a single aluminum can we conserve enough energy to power a regular TV for a whole hour? Did you know that if every home in America used just one energy efficient light bulb that we would instantly cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1 trillion pounds per year?

    Kilowatt Ours is an inspirational and enlivening film that demonstrates how easy it is to conserve energy that is produced from traditional sources as well as the many ways the average consumer can easily become part of the renewable energy revolution. The film reveals the connection between personal choices and energy use and introduces us to individuals, businesses, schools and universities who have cut their energy use in half by taking simple steps that benefit the consumer, the environment and the economy. We are given tours of super-efficient homes, office buildings and entire schools that have changed the future of America by employing the concepts of day-lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, solar and wind power, and the purchase of blocks of green energy from local utilities.

    Reviews
  • "Offers an optimistic message that details what changes can be made now to avoid continued reliance on coal and nuclear power. . . an appealingly quirky and moving film. . . will generate discussion. - School Library Journal

  • "Critic's Pick" - Nashville Scene Magazine

  • "One of the most important yet under-reported stories of our generation." - Dave Pelton, Clean Cities Director

    Award
  • Best Films - Energy, Environment, Natural Resources Category - Science Books and Films (AAAS)

    DVD / 2004 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 35 minutes

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    LEARNING ABOUT SOLAR ENERGY

    In Learning About Solar Energy, students are introduced to: the earth's most important energy source, plants,food chains and solar energy, terms 'photosynthesis','fossil fuels' and 'renewable energy' and a range of solar applications.

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    DVD / 2004 / (Middle Primary - Junior Secondary) / 14 minutes

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    POWER SHIFT: ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY

    Hosted and narrated by Cameron Diaz

    This exciting four-part program circles the globe, exploring the remarkable ways that energy touches our daily lives. Cleverly weaving together the lives of astronauts in the Space Station, villagers in the Amazon, and an actress in Hollywood, the film examines vital energy issues and suggests ways that students can create a sustainable future.

    In Connections, viewers discover how energy links us as a global community. Cradle to Cradle profiles architect William McDonough, a Time magazine "Hero of the Planet," and his innovative green building designs. Energy Path answers the question, "When I turn on the light in my room, where does the electricity come from and how does it reach me?" Be the Difference encourages personal action steps such as requesting renewable energy from utilities, driving hybrid cars, and buying energy-efficient appliances.

    Power Shift serves as a terrific thought-starter and discussion tool for sparking a conversation around energy, sustainability, and technology.

    Reviews
  • "Inspiring . . .this program provides a vital message about why new technology merits our attention and commitment."- School Library Journal

  • "Wow! This film is quite simply the most powerful educational piece I've ever seen on renewable energy. Hands down."- Greg Watson, Vice President, Sustainable Development & Renewable Energy, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

  • "Beautifully illustrates the role of energy in our world. It offers easy, practical steps each of us can take to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The results will be greater security, a prosperous economy, and a vibrant natural world."- Scott Cronk, President, Energy Matters

    Awards
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Two Gold Medals, Omni Awards

    DVD (With Guide) / 2003 / (Grades 7-Adult) / 26 minutes

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    ENERGY CONSERVATION

    Renewable energy offers a long term solution to the problems caused by our use of fossil fuels, but if we want to make an immediate impact, the best place to start is energy conservation. Developed countries like Australia have relied on cheap energy to maintain high living standards, but this has produced a culture of wastefulness and inefficiency. This program takes the audience on a tour of an energy efficient house to show how the average home can cut energy use. And to make sure the audience identifies with the subject, we also visit an average Australian household and an average Australian secondary school, to see what they've done to conserve energy. Once people are educated about the way we use energy, they realise how easy it is to make the small changes that are needed to cut our energy use. This program shows that this results in big savings on our energy bills and makes a significant contribution to the health of our planet.

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    DVD / 2002 / (Middle Secondary - Senior Secondary) / 28 minutes

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    GEOTHERMAL ENERGY: A RENEWABLE OPTION

    Geothermal energy is the immense resource of natural heat that is ever-generating within the Earth's core. This reliable, omnipresent energy source produces clean, reliable energy to dozens of nations around the world. The use of geothermal energy, like that of other renewables, helps conserve depleted fossil fuels, promotes sustainable economies, and contributes to energy security by decreasing dependence on imported fuels.

    This fast-moving program is broken into three distinct sections. Part One reviews the history of energy use, energy resources, and current environmental issues, as well as introduces renewable energy sources, emphasizing wind and solar. Part Two continues the discussion of clean renewables íV outlining the science, technology, and value of various uses of geothermal energy. Part Three discusses the history of government and utility energy source choices and explains how public policy in the United States affects development of renewable energy sources. Geothermal Energy concludes with questions that inspire reflection about personal and social responsibility, equipping viewers to make simple choices as energy consumers that benefit us all.

    Review
  • "A fine overview of an alternative energy source; this is recommended." -Video Librarian

    DVD (With Study Guide) / 2002 / (Grades 9-Adult) / 22 minutes

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    RENEWABLE ENERGY

    This program profiles examples of technologies harnessing renewable energy - such as a wind farm, a bus running on ethanol, and a solar house - and uses these examples to examine the current state of renewable energy in Australia. Some sources of renewable energy, such as the wind industry, are amongst the fastest growing industries in the world! The program is an entertaining and informative guide to an extremely important issue for the future of our planet.

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    DVD / 2002 / (Middle Secondary - Senior Secondary) / 28 minutes

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    BIOMASS: THE STRATEGY OF RENEWABILITY

    A fitting description of the continually self-regenerating energy and raw materials resource generally known as biomass might well be solidified solar energy. As a key link in the carbon cycle, tremendous amounts of vegetable material with concentrated reservoirs of energy locked inside are being manufactured round the clock by that greatest of dynamos, the sun. The sheer quantities of material are as enormous as the potential uses for biomass are diverse. Examples taken from various European countries show how effectively energy can be extracted from vegetable materials using a wide variety of methods all determined by specific regional and economic conditions, and yet all highly efficient and all friendly to the environment. The self-regenerating resource called biomass is an ideal example of the harmonization of economy and ecology.

    DVD / 2001 / (Senior High, College) / 25 minutes

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    SOLAR ENERGY: AN INEXHAUSTIBLE RESOURCE

    The voracious appetite of the worlds six billion people for energy has given rise to a fast-food system of power supply and consumption. But there is only one source which can truly satisfy this hunger forever: the sun. Like many other visions of the future, the long-touted revolution of solar energy failed to materialize by the end of the millennium. But in the tradition of Prometheus, the pioneers are thinking ahead and, at the same time, blazing a trail for the world to follow, from the photo-voltaic roofers of Austria, to the cottage energy industry of Switzerland, to the architects of a solar village in Sweden; from the grass-roots solar revolutionaries of Germany to the energy entrepreneur with the competitive edge in the U.S.A. the spectrum runs from visionaries to pragmatists who have all put their faith in the only inexhaustible resource. But its only the beginning of a long, long road from shortsighted, fast-food energy consumption to a solar world energy order. The means and the end are a new technology of light.

    DVD / 2001 / (Senior High, College) / 25 minutes

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    RENEWABLE ENERGY: WIND, WATER & SOLAR RAYS

    The need for nontraditional energy sources has been well publicized. This program consolidates information about the many promising and exciting alternative solutions to the energy problem. Students learn how energy from the sun can supply power for heat, electricity and transportation by means of solar cells, solar towers and active or passive solar heating system. Other sources of renewable energy are discussed-biomass, wind, falling water and tides. Each is evaluated in terms of efficiency in receiving, storing and providing energy.

    DVD / 48 minutes

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