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Power to the People

Episode 3 of 3

James May tries to find smarter, brighter and bolder ways of powering the planet. He sets off on a global search to find people who share his dream.

In this, the last of his Big Ideas programmes, James May tries to find smarter, brighter and bolder ways of powering the planet for future generations, and sets off on a global search to find people who share his dream. It takes him from Guildford, where he takes a solar powered car to its limit at night, to the US where he joins some aerospace engineers who are trying to build an 'elevator' into space.

In Holland, James meets the first Dutchman in space who has put away his rockets and has swapped them for kites as he tries to harvest the power of the jet-stream. And finally, in the deserts of New Mexico, he seeks out some modern-day alchemists, who offer the promise of allowing him to drive his car on petrol conjured out of thin air.

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Last on

Tue 19 Feb 2019 22:30

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter James May
Producer Nigel Paterson

Broadcasts

  • Sun 12 Oct 2008 21:00
  • Thu 23 Oct 2008 19:00
  • Sat 20 Dec 2008 01:30
  • Christmas Eve 2008 01:30
  • Sun 1 Feb 2009 18:00
  • Tue 19 Feb 2019 22:30