Looking for a career in renewable energy?
Energy transition from fossil fuels to solar, hydrogen and wind
The world is investing ever larger sums into reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. Massive project developments and a huge amount of R&D into new technologies are helping provide solutions to meeting the energy needs of businesses and people.
If you want to combine an interesting and challenging career with helping protect the planet’s future, then this could be the career for you.
Across the board, there are groups of jobs and skills which all renewable energy projects can use:
■ Engineering & Design
■ Project Management
■ Operations & Maintenance
■ Quality Control
■ Development Finance
■ Electrical, Controls Systems and Instrumentation
There are several different sectors you could work in, such as Energy-from-Waste (EfW), Geothermal or the Green Hydrogen industry, but the two biggest are Wind and Solar.
Wind Energy Careers
The wind industry has two major areas: onshore and offshore. Offshore wind farms are generally much larger, involving more investment and time to develop, but also generate much more power.
Roles and careers are varied, moving from the initial development of a project through to its eventual decommissioning. Mainly, people will work in planning and overseeing the installation, improvement, and operation of an offshore wind farm.
Well over 50 different skills or jobs are needed to create and manage an offshore wind farm, some of which are:
■ Project Development
■ Client Representative
■ HSE Supervisor
■ Vessel Operators
■ Wind Technicians
■ Control Systems Engineers
■ Power Transmission & Distribution Engineers
■ Subsea Cable Design, Installation and Maintenance
Hydrogen CareersAs possibly the fastest growing sector within renewable energy, the hydrogen industry is going to see a huge amount of change in a fairly short time. Skills are going to be in demand on a scale that will inevitably outstrip supply.
There is some very good news in this, particularly for those in the natural gas or LNG world who might be wondering where their next job will be. Hydrogen has many similarities - compressing and transporting a gas being a key one.
This means a number of careers will continue to exist in Hydrogen, as well as new ones opening up as the industry grows.
Some of these will include;
■ Research & Development
■ Materials Science
■ Engineering & Construction
■ Pipeline manufacture and maintenance
Solar Energy Careers
The solar industry has seen amazing growth and technological development in recent years. It has been estimated that every hour, the sun provides enough power to meet the annual consumption of the world. The question is how to harness that immense energy source.
There are two main types of solar energy technology: Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic. Each has its own specialisms when it comes to the skills needed, although there are many similarities.
Common jobs are:
■ Research & Development, particularly in Materials Science
■ Solar Power Engineering
■ Solar panel manufacturing
■ Solar Plant Development
■ Solar Plant Construction
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