Renewable energy examples

Solar and wind energy are the two best-known examples of renewable energy resources.

Wind and solar farms are cropping up across Latin America as countries, particularly those with few conventional or hydropower resources, work to increase energy security and diversify their energy mixes.

There are many types of renewable energy and although they account for only a small proportion of power generation in the region they are gaining ground.

They include biomass, geothermal, mini-hydro and tidal.

Biomass is probably the least well-known example of a renewable energy resource, although it has been used by humans since we learned the secret of fire.

Biomass is fuel that is developed from organic materials, such as waste matter from a timber mill or pig farm.

Chile has been looking into the energy potential of biomass produced by the forestry sector.

In Brazil, Sugarcane-fired power generation will be the most important future development in the country's bioenergy sector, a survey conducted by London-based NGO Green Thinking found

Some 33% of respondents said biomass electricity generation – which in Brazil mostly relies on sugarcane bagasse as its primary fuel input – would be the biggest "game changer" in the bioenergy field.

Brazil also uses sugarcane to produce ethanol which is mixed with petroleum to produce a transport fuel.

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  • Ckani wind farm

    The project calls for the construction of a wind farm that will inject electricity into Chile's interconnected SING power grid via the 220kV El Abra transformer station. The project will require a total of 350 workers during...

  • Invener S.A.

    Invener is a Chilean company engaged in the development, construction, financing, management and operation of electric power generation and infrastructure projects. It is currently focused on tapping Chile's potential as a...

  • Mesamávida wind farm

    The project includes the construction and operation of a wind farm with 43 turbines of 2.4MW each. The energy will be injected into the network of the Central Interconnected System through a high voltage line of 154kV. The main...

  • Element Power Chile S.A.

    Element Power Chile S.A., the local subsidiary of US renewable energy firm Element Power, develops, acquires, builds and operates utility-scale wind projects in the country. After selling its Chilean solar portfolio to Rijn Capital,...

  • AES Gener S.A.

    AES Gener S.A. is the largest thermal generator and second largest electricity generator in Chile. The firm owns and operates a diverse portfolio of power plants in the country, including facilities operating on coal, gas, diesel,...

  • Alena wind farm

    The project calls for the construction, installation and operation of a wind farm, on a 825ha property, that will inject the produced power into Chile's central power grid SIC. Construction will demand a maximum of 205...

  • PV Coya solar plant

    The project involves the construction and operation of a photovoltaic farm that will be divided into two sectors: Coya2-A and Coya 678, which will be 8km apart and connected via a transmission line. Output power will supply Chile&a...

  • Loa wind farm

    The project, which will be developed in two identical phases called Loa I wind farm (or phase I) and Loa II wind farm (or phase II), entails the construction and operation of a wind farm that will be developed in an area of 6,600ha...