Episode 4 – The Sun

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10 Things to Know About… The Sun

The Sun is an amazing source of energy, with 1.5 hours of sunlight on the earth’s surface sufficient to meet our annual global energy consumption!

Aoibhinn meets Prof Peter Gallagher who has made studying the sun his life’s work, and talks to SEAI’s solar energy expert Brian Denvir to find out about the exciting opportunities for Irish researchers in the solar energy sector.

We highlight a Tallaght-based company who are developing technology that could revolutionise the solarPV manufacturing process, and with battery storage still the holy grail of renewable energy, Kathriona meets Irish company Solo Energy who are installing a ‘virtual power plant’ of battery units across the country.

And finally, what if we could replicate the sun’s power here on earth? Jonathan travels to Marseille, to meet the Irish researchers who are working at ITER, the world’s most complex engineering project aiming to recreate the awesome power of sun through nuclear fusion.

Check it out on RTE One, 8.30pm, Monday 4th December!

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