Solar energy has been improving in costs and efficieny by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years. The technology is gettting closer to being at least as cheap as fossil fuel generated electricity but what we really need is a step change in the price.
When solar energy becomes the cheapest form of generation for electricity, the need for fossil fuels will fall way.
Researchers are working hard to improve the efficiency of the solar cell and much progress is on the horizon. Solar pv is basically a semi-conductor technology and like computer chips the price is very much dependant on the scale of manufacturing.
This is where entreprenuer Elon Musk is focussing his efforts to promote a solar powered world. He is building the largest solar pv manufacturing facility ever concieved. To accompy this he is also biulding a giga-factory for the production of cheaper more efficient lithium ion batteries.
Largest Solar Module Manufacturing And Battery Manufacturing Facilities.
In this video we hear from Leo Decaprio and Elon Musk as they discuss the importance of thinking big when it comes to competing solar energy against fossil fuels. Elon is a thought leader in this area not just for solar and energy storage but also for electric cars through his company Tesla Motors.
Leo is a world renown actor remembered for such blockbuster hits as Titanic and many other. He has join the United Nations and National Geographic to promote awareness of climate change and what we can do to move away from terrible path we are on.
Leonardo DiCaprio visits Tesla’s Gigafactory and discusses with Elon Musk how the world can transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. “Before the flood” movie.
About Gordon Smith Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.