With gas prices climbing daily and an uncertain future for nuclear power, many are wondering: How will the U.S. kick its 18 million barrel-a-day petroleum habit? The answer might lie in a microscopic single-cell plant, a landfill or an iconic building.
In 2010 & 2011, we asked you to tell us what innovations will shape our energy future. We narrowed down a pool of hundreds to just seven finalists and featured them on our 2011 PBS special.
What does that mean? It means you’ll be hearing from them again: we’ll follow Danny and Kennedy on television and online for one year to see if their ideas succeed.
Here’s a list of all our 2011 finalists:
A panel of experts weighed in and provided feedback on the innovator’s ideas based on originality, sustainability and commercial viability. These include: Thomas Connelly, Jr., executive vice president and chief innovation officer for DuPont, Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, and Andrew Revkin, who writes the Dot Earth blog for the New York Times.
See the original videos submitted by our finalists.
Meet our experts and finalists and see a behind the scenes look at a TV show being made.