Renewable energy

DEFINITION: An energy source derived from natural resources which will not deplete when used. Examples of renewable energy include offshore and onshore wind, solar, geothermal power and tidal power.

See also: Solar energy

See also: Onshore wind

See also: Offshore wind

See also: Hydro power

See also: Tidal energy

See also: Air source heat pump

See also: Ground source heat pump

See also: Anaerobic digestion

See also: Combined heat and power (CHP)

See also: Distributed generation

See also: Decentralised energy

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As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.