World-wide the demand for energy is growing, and this week five ‘Hands On’ stories feature some of the ways we can meet that demand. Only 4% of the 8 million people who live in rural Peru currently have access to electricity, but if micro-hydro takes off all that could change. A pilot project set up in Cajamarca uses the force of running water to generate electricity – benefiting over 8000 families. In Germany the waste from farm animals generates bio-gas which fuels both home and farm, with enough energy left over to sell to the electricity companies. We visit wind-mill businesses in the Netherlands, and a hi-tech research Centre in Spain which is investigating different ways to harness energy from the sun. Finally in China, the ‘Green Lights’ program is promoting the use of energy efficienT light bulbs, to help reduce the destruction of the earth’s atmosphere.
Films in this series