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Renewable energy is energy generated from natural resources - such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat - which are renewable (naturally replenished).

Renewable energy technologies, a critical element of the low-carbon pillar of global energy supply, are rapidly gaining ground, helped by global subsidies amounting to $120 billion in 2013. Renewable energy provided an estimated 19% of global final energy consumption in 2012 and continues to grow. In 2013, renewables accounted for more than 56% of net additions to global power capacity and represented far higher shares of capacity added in several countries.1

Some renewable energy technologies are criticised for being intermittent or unsightly, yet the renewable energy market continues to grow.  Climate change concerns and increasing government support are driving increasing renewable energy legislation, incentives and commercialisation.

Challoch's  experience in terms of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) includes:

  • EU Policy development
    • Energy Consultative Committee
    • EU RES Electricity Directive
    • EU RES Heat Initiative
  • Market Analysis of Biomass, Biogas and PV opportunities in Europe
  • Assessment of the market and economics of micro-wind technologies
  • Cost Modelling of Hot Dry Rock Geothermal Energy

 1Renewables 2014 - Global Status Report (