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Wind turbines and straw-fuelled thermal power stations on the Baltic island of Samso now produce more energy than inhabitants consume. To share their success they set up an Energy Academy to advise local authorities in Europe and the whole world.
The Orkney Islands provide a unique place to study the energy potential of tides and waves. A local institution has set up power stations off the rugged coast to investigate the clean energy source on behalf of the European Union.
On the Portuguese island of Madeira the inhabitants are converting an irrigation system from the 15th century into a future-age energy storage facility.
The sun-drenched Canary island of El Hierro produces most of its electricity from wind. In order to have electricity on calm days the island came up with an ingenious solution: an inactive volcano crater is now a pumped-storage power plant.
Cast & Details
- Premiered: April 1, 2016
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: A look at islands that have embraced sustainable energy.