Especially in the last 10 years, the explosion of renewable energies, especially sun and wind, brings about a rapid transformation in the energy sector. The reduction of installation costs in solar and wind power plants, as well as the advancement of energy storage technology, brighten the star of green energy.
In the Renewable Energy Companies report published by Reuters, both traditional and renewable energy companies were evaluated based on 8 criteria such as innovation, environmental impact, social responsibility and risk management.
In addition to robust financial instruments, the report includes leading companies that create advanced sustainability programs, develop groundbreaking technologies, and benefit from surrounding communities.
Most of the world’s top 14 renewable energy companies, listed on the Energy 100 list, stand out in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.
1- Canadian Solar
One of the three largest solar energy companies in the world. The Toronto-based Canadian Solar showed that by developing a highly efficient solar panel, it is more reliable than the current technology and operates in a wider temperature range.
According to the company’s latest Corporate Sustainability Report, Canadian Solar has reduced carbon emissions per 1 MWh generation by 42 percent since 2012.
Canadian Solar also runs a project to replace the kerosene lamps used in sub-Saharan Africa with solar-powered lights. The company also built a solar panel for the energy needs of the park, which is home to the Virunga National Park in Rwanda, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the endangered mountain gorillas.
Germany’s Mannheim-based Europe’s leading biofuel producer. It produces fuels like bioethanol and biodiesel from renewable plants. Eco-friendly, causing fewer carbon emissions than gasoline and diesel fuels.
Located in the city of Mannheim, CropEnergies removes fuels from renewable plants. Such biofuels, such as bioethanol from CropEnergies, emit less carbon dioxide than gasoline or diesel fuels.
In 2017, CropEnergies increased revenues by 31 percent thanks to the production and consumption of environmentally friendly fuels.
3- First Solar
Arizona based solar panels manufacturer. First Solar is conducting numerous GES installations worldwide. The company’s thin-film panels have about half of the carbon footprint of conventional solar panels.
First Solar has announced that its technology produces 89–98 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional electricity generation methods.
4- GCL-Poly Energy
Green energy manufacturer based in Hong Kong. GCL-Poly is the leader of the cogeneration industry. This type of power plants can be used at the same time to produce heat and electricity. The company also works on projects related to energy production by burning organic waste.
5- Global Pvq SE
Germany based photovoltaic solar panels manufacturer. Global PVQ was previously known as Q-Cells.
6- Green Plains
Nebraska-based ethanol manufacturer. High-octane biofuel obtained from plants such as ethanol, corn, and wheat. It performs its production locally and tries to create green jobs to combat unemployment in rural areas.
7- Guodian Technology & Environment Group
Beijing-based Guodian Technology & Environment Group offers environmental and energy conservation solutions. The business of the company is divided into two parts; First, it provides technology to coal power plants in China, which reduces emissions and maximizes energy efficiency. The second is the company’s environmental protection department. It also offers sulfur oxide control, denitrification and water treatment technologies.
8- Hanergy Thin Film Power Group
Is a solar panel manufacturer based in Hong Kong. Hanergy’s flexible and lightweight thin-film panels make it easy to use in a variety of applications, such as on the surface of a solar-powered car or mobile electronics.
9- Inox Wind
The only renewable energy company that can enter India in the Energy 100 list. As a wind turbine manufacturer, InoxWind can also provide services such as wind measurement and turbine maintenance. It has a signature on wind power plants all over India.
10- Jiangsu Akcome Science & Technology
Based in China, the company produces photovoltaic solar panels. Established in Zhangjiagang and investing in solar energy stations in China.
11- Motech Industries
The Taiwan-based company is the fifth-largest manufacturer of solar cells in the world.
12- Pacific Ethanol
California-based ethanol manufacturer. Pacific Ethanol has many refineries in the Midwest region of the United States. It was founded by Bill Jones, California’s former senator.
13- Renewable Energy Group
Iowa based biodiesel manufacturer. The company operates a network of refineries in the US and Europe. The fuel produced by the company produces at least 50 percent less greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional diesel production.
14- Risen Energy
China-based photovoltaic solar panel manufacturer. Risen Energy was founded in 1986 and opened to the public in 2010. In 2015 he donated an off-grid photovoltaic system to a kindergarten in Gansu, China as a social responsibility project.
Originally published at renewableenergyexamples.com on March 16, 2019.