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The Way We Get Power Is About to Change Forever

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The age of batteries is just getting started. In the latest episode of our animated series, Sooner Than You Think, Bloomberg’s Tom Randall does the math on when solar plus batteries might start wiping fossil fuels off the grid.
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David Peterson (1 day ago)
Vocal fry I'm out !!!!!!!!!!!!
Alto's Music Lab (7 days ago)
The corrupt know how to steal from the existing system, they're not sure 'decentralized' anything will help their thieving... we really must change the world.
Michael (22 days ago)
You might wonder why the gigafactory has no solar on the roof. I don't know ask elon what he was thinking...
fab0 (1 month ago)
one problem: > might.
TopGames (2 months ago)
Take 45 years
Ralph Gruisen (2 months ago)
I love how some decentralizing companies like We Power enable this transition by giving power to the community.
Juan B (3 months ago)
Invest in battery you say?
Do God (3 months ago)
Do not forget that there is not enough raw material on the earth to replace everything that runs on oil, coal or gas in the form of batteries. What has happened is a very important drop in the standard of living. This level is directly related to the production of energy. The production of wind and solar panels is extremely polluting and very difficult to recycle. The major problems pollution, climate change, famine, revolts, diseases, overpopulation, energetic rupture, and human greed.
Bowen Bai (3 months ago)
The problem with conventional chemical batteries is the necessity for mining of metals like lithium, which in the long term, would not be a sustainable practice. Waste management of batteries is crucial as well. Really hope to see breakthroughs in graphene batteries.
Tim Vince (3 months ago)
The US government gives subsidies to clean energy sources so that they are able to run even when it demand for power is low in the day. The best thing that can happen is we store clean energy in batteries then utilize that power during peak demand hours. Nat gas plants could still run at optimal capacity and stored renewable power would help make power cheaper for everyone
Lukas Lorenc (3 months ago)
Forget about solar energy fusion is the new way.
Patrick Thibaut (3 months ago)
In concentrated solar powerplants, they can run molten salt trough the pipes in stead of water, and use a heat exchanger to make steam. When there's too much heat they can pump part of the molten salt to an isolated tank and run that trough the heat exchanger at night: stored solar energy without batteries!
David Craig (3 months ago)
That's insane which means it will be done.
spook (3 months ago)
The energy coming from nature? So energy from the natural gas is some kind of an alien technology with fuel from asteroids? ;)
gendalfff (3 months ago)
You don't need batteries to keep energy, there're other mechanical ways of energy storage, as simple as pumping water uphill
chris r (3 months ago)
Why not just send the extra energy to make hydrogen. Then burn the hydrogen to make electricity and you wouldn't even need batteries.
Doug Mcdonell (3 months ago)
This is mixing up two different situations, electric cars and the electric grid. The electric grid needs stationary energy storage like biofuels or pumped hydro. Electric cars need a portable energy store like batteries or fuel cells.
Seth Rhoades (3 months ago)
same
CHomab Cjabeb (3 months ago)
I was thinking that we could use hydrogen and fuel cells. I do not know how efficiant this is tho. But imagine having hydrogen elecrtolys stations and hydrogen tanks to be able to then use them in fuel cells to release the current into the grid
Layback Studios (3 months ago)
Batteries are TERRIBLE for the environment. But for now are a necessary evil. We need pollution efficient factories a.k.a. none Chinese factories who actually single handedly cause global warming as well as their country itself. The future is bright yet bleak.
RobLikes (3 months ago)
Show this to Thunderf00t.
Jonas Gilje (3 months ago)
I'm 18, about to start my own company around similar ideas :D
Luc Rolland (3 months ago)
Batteries, no way, there is a major problem with their tenure as they do not last longer then 5 years and in computers they last barely two years, becoming a major pollution problem. Poeple can switch to trains, tramways and subways instead as we need to get rid of cars which makes many cities unlivable.
GerryStilton (3 months ago)
Battery isn't completely green. A spent battery just becomes toxic waste in a landfill.
Mato Ćorluka (3 months ago)
Yeah the battery isn’t from nature too and maybe they produce more pollution after are they done they work
Yuri Grillo (3 months ago)
The future is always incredible
James 15 (3 months ago)
I'm excited!
yarpos (4 months ago)
So much wishful thinking in this and lack of appreciation for scale. Carry on.
gt5228z (4 months ago)
They need to get creative here. Chemical batteries are expensive, but why not use a mechanical battery? For example, use excess power to pump water into a high resevour. Then when power demand increases, just release the water and the pumps become generators that produce power. The same can be done in many other ways as well. There will be a loss of power per Newton's laws, but the same goes for batteries in that it always uses more energy to cuarge the batteries than you will ever get out of them.
ThePartyPaul (4 months ago)
Elon musk is the savior of this world and we should aspire to be like him.
Fritigern Gothic (4 months ago)
Too optimistic and unrealistic
Grey Wolf Alpha (4 months ago)
Revolution is coming!!!!
Sehajnidhaan Singh (4 months ago)
What about the battery disposal problem 🤔
Et Immortalem (4 months ago)
Fucking awesome bitches. I hope robots will get here soon so Ellon Musk doesn't have to move his manufacturer to China.
Joe Levy (4 months ago)
Are those real production cost reductions, or are those the cost reductions from the 20% taxpayer subsidies? I thought MIT was working on high efficiency capacitators for this purpose?
ddd hhh (4 months ago)
batteries are coming . . .
rbfreitas (4 months ago)
Awesome
Zk AY (4 months ago)
That lisp tho
Harsh Kamaliya (4 months ago)
Guys which software u use for editing
Gary Lewis (4 months ago)
I think hydrogen and fuel cells are better. the cost of hydrogen storage is dependent on its container. A sphire has a volume = 4/3 pi R^3 but an area thereby cost = 4pi R^2 so the larger the sphire the cheaper the storage per container. with batteries its linerar.
Vane Fal (4 months ago)
Start: 'Is about to change' End: 'might be happening sooner than you think' When am I going to learn not to be sucked in?
David Claveau (4 months ago)
Here in Quebec electricity comes from water dams and they still carge us through the roof!! Prices going down on the technology sure but like hell thell bring down your bills!!
D M (4 months ago)
None of this is new
Aero Nomer (4 months ago)
And when this becomes a reality, the new environmental cause will become anti-battery. You just wait and see.
Kvyn Gmbyr (4 months ago)
Buffooncast energy,.. we'll live off t-Rump's hot air
Andras Libal (4 months ago)
Why would you ever want a battery powered train. If you have the tracks, you have the cables. This makes no sense at all.
IzarVideos (4 months ago)
My dad actually created a hydrogen bromide battery for his work and they tested it and it worked great
Publius Scipio (4 months ago)
Meanwhile in the real world people are dying from hunger every minute
Jim Viau (4 months ago)
Oh! You mean, no more chemtrails, no more gazoline? I wonder what the Rothschild family think about that?
Aslam Khan (4 months ago)
I feel pity for gulf countries. Ok now it's over do some work rather selling oil.
Real UFO Videos (4 months ago)
20 years from now? Our Earth will be paying us back. Most of us will be a thought.
FunWithRy (4 months ago)
Love it💯
joeskis (4 months ago)
Another speculation video. It might be coming sooner than you think. These alternative energy sources have been making claims for decades now.
peace love1 (4 months ago)
Poor African kids are digging those battery for less than a 1 dollar a day!
More Human Than Human (4 months ago)
When is the time going to come when Solar and Wind actually have economically feasible efficiency?
Vitaliy T. (4 months ago)
I know that apparently, you won't give me a response but I have just one question. Doesn't electrical batteries pollute the nature by their wastes? They are much more worse than CO2 air polution.
Eddie (4 months ago)
Elon musk is a great business man but he's no Tesla.
Tim Lucas (4 months ago)
Bye bye big oil!
0Turbox (4 months ago)
You forgot, the more batteries you build, the scarcer the resources like lithium become. Means rising prices. The amount of people is the biggest problem today.
Kelly Barber (4 months ago)
The car argument is weird to me. How many people actually have a car for more than 10 years? You'd just replace it with an electric one when yours gets old.
sasho54 (4 months ago)
It's sad that people are so heavily addicted to cars. Now everybody is claiming that electric cars are so huge an advancement, that it will solve fossil fuel problem, etc. I think the real advancement would be to break that addiction, not to use cars except for transportation of loads and stocks. Look at the cities - your motion is awfully restricted, you must keep your eye wide open all the time and constantly being aware of not being smashed by a car. And electric cars will make it worse, because you cannot even hear them approaching. That's crazy, people must overcome this childish passion with cars and enter more conscious state.
Patrick London (4 months ago)
I think your dreaming. We don't need millions of batteries polluting the world. A better idea might be solar panels placed all around the world. And the world sharing power. Or professor James McCanneys idea of his great wing generators. I'm sure the oil companies have been hiding other energy producing machines.
David Casson (4 months ago)
But I always wonder about the side effects of battery and solar manufacturing. Where do we throw this stuff away? I'm already trying to figure out the ecological way to dispose of my old laptop battery. Do we have enough of the raw earth materials needed to sustain this source of electricity for hundreds of millions and potentially billions of people?
David Casson (4 months ago)
See also the documentary "ToxiCity" on YouTube, such is about a town that cropped up around a dump for electronics.
Rajiv Pokharel (4 months ago)
Surely, Solar energy is the best source of energy for humans in the future.......but, Battery is not the right solution......we need to find a way to convert solar energy into electricity from space, where there is uninterrupted supply 24/7......maybe be a new technology that transmits electricity as electric waves from source to destination place where the waves can be again converted into electricity.....Tesla had such idea back then, so it may be possible in the future!!
Michal Valta (4 months ago)
But Jeremy Clarson said electric cars will die out in 5 years ago... He said that 10 years ago in his Tesla "review". Oh gosh, is it posible it was all scripted and staged, just blatant fossil fuel advertisement?! Nonono, totally no. Not at all! Trust me! Please!!!
David Dowdell (4 months ago)
Only one person commented on the balance of hydropower with wind and solar. If the balance is right, hydropower can be held in reserve and dispatched when wind and solar die down. For jurisdictions that too little or no hydro generation pump storage schemes can store much greater power than electrochemical batteries with less pollution.
T H-L (4 months ago)
I love how at the beginning, it mentions that batteries are too expensive. But they fail to mention they're too polluting and dirty to produce.
erokk121 (4 months ago)
This means crypto mining might get a huge bumb
Gerald Allen (4 months ago)
Yeah, really?? The batteries I bought went up!!
Francesco Stefani (4 months ago)
What about the difference between summer and winter in northern countries?
Jan Pohořelický (4 months ago)
Nice but to power europe with solar energy you couldn't grow any plants... it would take up to much space. Nucler power is the best way so far. Yes there is nuclear waste but it's small amout compared to huge waste that is created when you dump solar panel... and think how much land you need for it to have equivalent power.
Michael Weidmann (5 months ago)
Green dreaming nonsense. Where do I start.
Richard T (5 months ago)
Excellent idea store that power !
Josh Erkman (5 months ago)
This video was mostly bullshit.
argophloia (5 months ago)
I like battery products for a lot of reasons. However... Batteries have dropped 80% in price in the last ten years??? You are saying a $100 battery is now $20. A 5X decrease. Examples? We just have to buy a lot more of these products to make them significantly cheaper??? Meanwhile other markets rely on making things cheaper so that people will buy them. There is already a very significant industry in batteries, RE mining etc. Will increased scale have a profound effect on price at this stage?
Rich's random stuff (5 months ago)
Simple... use the extra energy to mine Bitcoin! :-P
С М (5 months ago)
Elon just knows how to sit on state subsidies. There are many companies in China which provide electric cars or other alternatives and they work in profit. In other side, Musk`s companies operates at a loss and receive subsidies. But everybody admires Musk and talks about him as a superman.
Wits End (5 months ago)
The trouble with batteries, there way too expensive. They are also expensive in terms of Earth resources. The answer - the World is always in daylight somewhere and the wind is always blowing somewhere, so build a global grid.
Cujoman 187 (5 months ago)
This should have happened a long time ago but "they" (the oil tycoons) didn't allow it
SOMESH VALANKE (5 months ago)
I want to live such world 😍
Ambrus Sümegi (5 months ago)
Renewables still require obscene amounts of land area. Fusion all the way!
Mark (5 months ago)
The problem is, batteries are arguably worse for the environment than fossil fuels.
underwaterman (5 months ago)
im sitting here with a chafon power station
telocity (5 months ago)
1. They are already developing NON-lithium batteries that use cheaper materials and more recyclable. 2. If you have excess energy, well why leave it excess? People need heating and cooling and it turns out using a heat pump is most efficient way to heat or cool water. Which can then be used for heating or cooling building or other things. Norway is already doing this. When electricity is cheap (excess) you can heat water and even store the energy that way till needed. There are other uses and ways to store energy then batteries.
Riley Dog (5 months ago)
I love burning gasoline
Fred Brisco (5 months ago)
Always remember to feed your experience curve.
Sean Conway (5 months ago)
Batteries are terrible for the environment, in every possible way, compressed air storage is the way forward, also instead of hydro power we should look at something called Trompes, much less destructive on the natural water systems
Khaki Crew (5 months ago)
All these comments talking ab pollution skipped over the whole point of the experience curve :/ sure right now it’s a polluting process but he said in the video that as we make more batteries our methods will become more efficient (less materials/ energy to produce) and far more efficient than fossil fuels.
Jonathan Corcoran (5 months ago)
I love capitalism!
Fabio Vellozo (5 months ago)
And They didn't even considered the Graphene supercapacitors that is in development in China. That would be a major leap in cost reduction. On top of that, today you don't need to have batteries to conserve energy. Many places use elevation and pumps to use the excess energy to pump water to huge elevated reservoirs, so when we need the energy, it can produce hydroelectric power on demand. Many ways to get to Rome. Human innovation cannot be underestimated.
Dorian Demeturlias (5 months ago)
Go to Home Depot today to ask your Tesla representative about Tesla’s self powered home system for your place!
Tina Laugel (5 months ago)
very cool video
Bryan Channell (5 months ago)
Love the video, great in every way
Lulu Berry (5 months ago)
You want to talk about the greenish of the whole supply chain? Like, it is very polluting to make solar panels, handle battery disposals, wind turbine that kill all the birds not to mention the look and feel of those turbines. Yes, examine the beginning to end process, not just part of the story, like they do with turning corn into fuels.
bibek sigdel (5 months ago)
Batteries = battery hazard. Hydro pumps are the best batteries for both cost saving and environmental friendly.
Nicola (6 months ago)
When one side of the world is in shade the other side is under the sun and vice versa. Why not just set up each side so that the excess electricity is sent to the dark side?
deadbutmoving (6 months ago)
Batteries are CANCER. The mining, processing, and production of batteries is literally killing this planet. Batteries are not much better than fossil fuels. Stop being a tool.
kinn grimm (6 months ago)
the sooner the better
Rajat Ranjan (6 months ago)
why not make many overhead tanks with the massive capacity to hold water, when there is surplus energy use electric pumps to fill that tank and when there is no wind use water in the overhead tank to generate electricity like a Hydroelectric power plant, using this we won't have to worry about toxic in batteries and it will be cheaper in long enough time.
prince of HUMANITY (6 months ago)
The world I want

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