Updated 9th July 2019.
We’ve collected some of the best renewable energy YouTube channels, hand-picked videos from pre-eminent thought leaders and video podcasters, and TED Talks covering renewable energy – energy policy, renewable energy jobs and recruitment, industry reports, analysis, and data science, and technologies like wind, solar, storage and alternative clean energies.
We’ll keep this list updated so that it’s a comprehensive source for renewable and sustainable energy videos. If you think we might have missed some essential sources, please let us know below. We’ve turned on comments at the bottom of this article and we’d love to hear from you.
We bring you… the best sustainability and renewable energy videos.
Renewable Energy TED Talks
Everyone knows TED and TEDx talks so here’s a list of some of the best on the topic of Renewable Energy.
1. Accelerating The Shift To Clean Energy, Bill Nussey
Topic: Building local, consumer-driven electricity markets, such as the Brooklyn Microgrid, with renewable energy resources. (2017).
Nussey is an entrepreneur, investor, speaker, clean tech CEO and founder of the Freeing Energy Project.
2. Batteries Not Included, Marek Kubik
Topic: How energy storage technologies are transforming our approach to electricity generation with renewables. (2018).
Kubik is an energy and sustainability futurist, Forbes 30 Under 30 Honouree and TEDx speaker.
3. Ground Zero For Global Energy Transition, Justin Locke
Topic: The role of leadership that small islands are taking in developing sustainable energy solutions. (2017).
Locke is a writer and speaker on sustainable energy and the director for the Islands Energy Program at the Rocky Mountain Institute.
4. A Printable, Flexible, Organic Solar Cell, Hannah Bürckstümmer
Topic: Efficient, flexible organic solar cells that can be printed in any shape to allow the facades of buildings to capture solar from every exposed surface. (2017).
Bürckstümmer has a background in chemistry and a curiosity about our environment, which she has translated into research into third-generation solar cells and work on the strategy and marketing for organic photovoltaics.
5. The Thrilling Potential For Off-Grid Solar Energy, Amar Inamdar
Topic: How the factors of distributed generation– lower costs, infrastructure and decentralization- are revolutionizing the energy market, to the benefit of the environment. (2017).
Inamdar works with businesses and entrepreneurs to imagine, create and grow markets that address our biggest social and environmental challenges.
– Original content Forbes Magazine
Renewable Energy Videos from YouTube
Below we have some of the other videos from sources outside of TED talks.
1. Elon Musk on Climate Change and Renewable Energy
Topic: Elon’s take on Electric planes, to rockets to putting carbon which is under the ground into the atmosphere. Full episode here.
Elon Musk is, well, Elon Musk. No introduction needed we don’t think.
2. Disruptors: Smart power – BBC News
Topic: The push towards renewable energy and the quest for greater efficiency mean that we need to find more ways of storing energy.
Part of the BBC Disruptors series.
3. Joe Rogan Experience #1259 – David Wallace-Wells
Topic: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming.
David Wallace-Wells is Deputy editor and climate columnist for New York magazine.Part of Joe Rogan video channel.
4. The 16 Year Old Calling Out Global Leaders on Climate Change
Topic: Upon realizing her generation won’t have a future unless the world’s politicians act now on climate change, then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg skipped school in August 2018 to protest outside the Swedish parliament. What started as a one-person strike soon gained global momentum.
In ‘Make The World Greta Again’, Vice follows Greta and the organizers of the school strikes for climate as they are cementing a worldwide movement ahead of their first global protest that took place on March 15th, 2019.
It was the biggest climate strike in history with up to 1.6 million students in more than 125 countries.
A few honourable mentions
3 youtube channels that are well worth a mention
International Renewable Energy Agency
Energy Live News