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YOU’VE probably heard it all before in your secondary school science classes, where we are surrounded by clean, raw energy just waiting to be tapped.

Now we can bear witness to how scientists are finding new and innovative ways to harness renewable and sustainable energy in National Geographic’s Breakthrough: Energy on the Edge, an hour-long documentary that takes viewers around the world from Iceland to the US, to observe geologists, biologists, chemists, engineers and physicists in their breakthrough moments.

In Delaware, discover how even the most unlikely of elements such as garbage, manure, whiskey, beer and dairy waste can be used to create biofuel, and understand the technology behind it by meeting the brains of the Delaware Dogfish Brewery project.

Also see how engineer Louis Michaud harnesses energy from tornadoes with his incredible Atmospheric Vortex Engine, and how the duo, comprising Jeff Karson and artist Bob Wysock, have begun harnessing energy from volcanic material by reheating lava rock from an ancient Wisconsin lava flow until it becomes molten.

This makes the University of Syracuse – quite understandably – the only place in the world that creates its own lava for experimentation!

The Energy on the Edge episode, directed by academy-award winning writer/director, Akiva Goldsman and narrated by actor Jason Bateman, premieres on Dec 5th at 10pm on the National Geographic Channel (Astro Channel 553 and 573).

It is part of a six-part Breakthrough series that started with Fighting Pandemicson Nov 7.

Upcoming episodes include The Age of Aging; directed and narrated by Ron Howard (premiering on Saturday) and Water Apocalypse; directed and narrated by Angela Basset (premiering on Dec 12).

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