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Electric Earth

Electricity is helping the world in surprising ways

By 2030, experts predict that most new cars sold will be battery-powered.
But the benefits of electric don’t end with automotive.
We’re on a journey to discover how, across our planet, greener, cleaner electricity is helping the world in increasingly surprising ways.

Driving sustainability

Individual nations are solving global issues with their electrical innovations.

Click on a country below to find out how they’re doing it.

MEET OUR EXPLORER

National Geographic explorer and nuclear engineer, Dr Leslie Dewan, is on a journey to see how using renewable electricity is helping to bring the world back into balance.

MEET THE E-TRON

As Audi’s first fully electric SUV, the e-tron is purpose-built for sustainable exploration.

The Netherlands

ARE GOING ELECTRIC

VIDEO

A very different kind of hydropower

Is it really possible to hold a charge in nothing but salty water? How about controlling a computer using nothing but the electrical signals in your head? National Geographic expert Leslie Dewan finds out.

ARTICLE

How sustainable are batteries?

Batteries could finally end our dependence on fossil fuels, but they can have a hidden environmental cost. Our next challenge is finding ways of making batteries as clean as the energy that’s stored inside them.

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BELGIUM

IS GOING ELECTRIC

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Sustainable technology built sustainably

“Surely creating eco-friendly technology is no good if you damage the environment as you do it?” A question on Dr Leslie’s mind as she explores the country that holds the answer.

PHOTO GALLERY

Belgian factories and bubble curtains

Take a tour of the Audi e-tron factory that generates its own solar electricity, and an offshore wind farm that protects surrounding marine life as more turbines are built.

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AUSTRIA

IS GOING ELECTRIC

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Electric people and pellet power

After visiting an injured engineer able to walk again thanks to electric therapy, and a carbon neutral wood biomass plant, Dr Leslie Dewan marvels at the rate of progress happening in Austria.

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NORWAY

IS GOING ELECTRIC

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Turning on Tromsø

Dr Leslie Dewan meets an expert in sustainable power in cold temperatures, and visits the Sami people, who use technology to keep their reindeer safe.

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