Renewable sources of energy are clean, inexhaustible and increasingly the most relevant sources of energy for future generations. We provide all the information you need how you can use renewable energy resources like solar, wind, hydropower and bioenergy to generate electricity to power your home, commercial and or industrial buildings.

Solar power - clean energy for home and industrial use

Do you care about the environment and need to save on electricity costs? Solar power may be the solution; it’s sustainable, pollution free and available every day of the year. Whether you require water heating or energy production, solar photovoltaic or solar thermal could work for you.

How to generate electricity using solar energy

Wind power - a sustainable renewable energy option

Wind is moving air and you can harness this abundant natural resource by simply using rotor blades of a turbine to produce electricity which is then converted by inverters to power your business or home.

How to generate electricity using wind energy

How to get the power of water to work for you

Hydropower is electricity generated from a moving stream of water. It’s a clean, renewable and efficient source of energy.

How to generate hydropower

Bioenergy - nature’s batteries.

Bioenergy is energy derived from organic matter or biological sources. This can be anything from plants to food waste. 

How biomass can be used to produce electricity

  • Biomass

    Biomass is organic matter from plants and animals. It’s a renewable source of energy that can be used directly to produce heat, or further processed to produce biofuels (for example, biodiesel, bioethanol) or biogas (methane).

    How biomass can be used to produce electricity

  • Biogas

    Biogas is a mixture of methane, carbon dioxide and trace gases produced from organic matter such as agricultural wastes, manure, municipal waste, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste.

    How biogas is produced

  • Biofuels

    Biofuels can be produced from agricultural crops, forestry or fishery waste products. Also, by-products and waste from municipal waste, agro-industry, food industry and food services can be used to produce biofuels. There are two common biofuels:

    • Biodiesel: produced from plant oils (oil-rich seeds such as soybeans, sunflower seeds and vegetable oils) and animal fats. Can be used as an alternative to diesel to create a biodiesel blend.
    • Bioethanol: produced from organic materials such as corn, potatoes, sorghum, sugar cane, starches from wheat and vegetable wastes.

    How biofuel is produced

  • Bioenergy reports

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