So I just got a new Flip UltraHD camcorder in preparation for my trip to Copenhagen. Indeed, the entire Center for American Progress team will be outfitted with Flips to bring you as many video interviews as possible with the 20,000 attendees from around the world.

I brought it with me to a clean energy workshop yesterday, and who was sitting next to me but the director of the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Dan Arvizu. Since I knew him from my DOE days when he was at Sandia National lab, and since he is a leading expert on solar energy, especially CSP, I thought it would be a great opportunity to make him the guinea pig for the launch of my video career. Part 1 (above) is a short overview about NREL, deploying renewables at scale, and Arvizu’s philosophy.

I didn’t realize that YouTube had a 10-minute limit, so you’ll have to watch Part 2 (below), to hear Arvizu’s answer to my questions about concentrated solar power (CSP), PV, and algae biofuels:

Since I’m more of an auditory person than a visual person, and have never owned a camera before, I welcome comments and suggestions on filming and YouTube. The only advice I can offer to would be Flippers is that — as I learned browsing around the comments on Amazon — get a tripod.  It certainly made the Arvizu interviews easier.

Stay tuned for many more videos.