The TED talks website features thousands of short videos in which industry-leading experts and other inspiring thinkers share their work, their passions and their insights in short, concise speeches. These talks have gathered a huge international following and have given us all access to a world of online learning where you can discover everything from incredible spoken word poetry to the complex mechanisms of life under the sea. With that in mind, we set about finding the top 5 TED talks that explore advancements and debates in the world of business gas and electricity – from how it’s made to what the future holds.

Take a look at our suggestions and let us know in the comments section below if you’ve discovered any other interesting energy videos that you think we should watch.

The next generation

Concerned for the future of our energy reserves, 14-year-old Taylor Wilson decided to do something about it. That something was building his very own nuclear fusion reactor. Here, he takes to the TED stage to share his experience.

Renewable energy from unexpected sources

In this talk Jonathan Trent describes how he is planning to grow a new biofuel by farming micro-algae that eat wastewater produced by cities.

Improvements in renewable energy

In the commercial energy field, the word “renewable” has become a bit of a buzz word, but in this talk Donald Sadoway explains that we still need to overcome the storage problem before we can start to realise the full potential of renewable sources.

Grow your own fuel

In this talk Juan Enriquez explains why we should be looking at fuel differently and argues that as our traditional fuels are plant based, this is a biological rather than a chemical problem.

Energy from the ash cloud
Instead of just grounding planes and interfering with telecommunications, do ash clouds actually represent a possible cheap and effective solution to climate change?

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