Renewable Energy

Renewables constitute clean energy sources that contribute towards reducing global warming, improving our society's overall sustainability, and increasing energy independency by freeing the user from global market prices.

The future is here. Renewables are here. Will you be a part of it?

What are renewables?
  • Renewable generation systems are fueled by natural non-depletable sources such as: the sun, wind and ocean currents, gravity, the flow of wáter, the energy contained in the Earth's crust, among others
  • In spite of having access to such resources, the environment is being polluted at alarming rates, product of our addiction to carbon and our thirst for energy. Renewables can help reduce our planet's addiction to fossil fuels, allowing us to achieve a sustainable, clean future
Renewables and fossil fuels
  • Frente a los efectos contaminantes de combustibles fósiles como el petróleo o el carbón, las energías renovables tienen menos emisiones de carbono, reciclan y son más respetuosas con el medio ambiente
  • In stark contrast with fossil fuels like oil and coal, renewables produce less carbon emissions to the atmosphere
  • Burning fossil fuels generates greenhouse gases (GHG's) which contribute to global warming. Renewables do not emit GHG's, therefore helping in climate change mitigation
  • Localized production of energy reduces transportation costs, emissions, transmission losses and dependency on the grid.
  • Renewables boost local economies by creating "green jobs"
  • Renewables are not subjected to volatility and fluctuation of global energy prices
  • Unlimited potential: renewables can power the world several times over if completely harnessed

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Types of Renewable Energy

Solar Energy
  • La energía solar trasforma los rayos del sol en electricidad. Lo hace de forma directa usando energía fotovoltaica, o de forma indirecta a través de energía solar concentrada
  • Consists in the transformation of the energy contained in solar radiation into electricity.
  • Direct conversion is achieved by means of photovoltaics, this translates into using solar panels made of semiconductor materials that can convert energy contained in photons directly into an electric current
  • Indirect conversion is possible with concentrated solar power (CSP), employing lenses or mirrors that focus solar energy into thermal systems that may harness this power
Solar Thermal
  • Solar thermal energy uses the sun's energy to generate heat, which is then used to generate hot water for industrial or domestic use. This is achieved with solar collectors
Wind Energy
  • The wind's kinetic energy is transformed into electricity by means of wind turbines. Wind parks may have hundreds of turbines, whose rotors extract the energy from the wind's current and use it to spin an electric generator
Geothermal Energy
  • Energy that is harnessed from the earth's crust and upper layers. Water circuits are layed down in the upper layers of the ground, which is then used to either produce usable heat or drive a turbine/generator combination
Biomass
  • By means of photosynthesis plants capture energy from the sun. This energy is then contained in the biological matter (wood, plants, fruits, and organic residue) which can be harnessed by burning this biomass
Ocean Energy
  • The continuous movement of the sea, namely waves and tides, can be converted into usable power
  • Ocean thermal is also an option, taking advantage of the temperature gradient between upper and lower ocean currents
Hydrogen
  • A highly abundant element in the universe, it may be transformed into usable electricity by means of fuel or hydrogen cells, which are not very different from electrochemical batteries.