What are some Jobs in Renewable energy or geology?
I still have some years before college but I am trying to think about what i would like to do when I am an adult so i can plan early. I am interested in a job in renewable energy or some type of geology(not anything with petroleum or gas because we are finding more renewable energy and soon i do not think those types of jobs will be in demand). I am very good at science(all types) and usually make above a 90 on all my tests and quizzes. Please name some jobs in these fields so i can do some research and see if anything sounds like something i would like to do. Or if you have a job in one of these fields please say your job and some things about what it is like having that job. Thanks! =)
Windmill Farms answers:
Thank you for your question.
You could try working in teaching geology or minerals exploration. You can also look at jobs in renewable energy such as managing solar energy or wind farms or maintaining them or research into renewable energy.
Renewable energy future?
Things like wind power (turbines)
I am talking about the design side of the renewable energy, what is the future like, maybe in 3+ years time?
Do you THINK that there will be many jobs available for someone who is specialised in the field (ie, got degrees in things such as renewables and mechanical engineering)?
I have heard there is a lot going on with wind power in the UK right now, is this true?
Obviously you can not see the future but I ask for your opinion, I am thinking of going into this type of engineering and studying it at a degree level, what are your thoughts?
Windmill Farms answers:
There is a lot of political capital being spent to support so called renewables, but the amount of money being spent far exceed the benefits returned. For example, there was an article that I read today about a town in Nevada that installed wind power and most of the results are scandalous. One wind generator cost $21,000 and it has resulted in less than $100 in energy savings.
A problem with wind is that it does not blow all the time, so wind is not a reliable form of energy. Backup generators are needed to supply power to customers when the wind blows too soft and when the wind blows too hard.
Secondly, wind turbines are great destroyers of birds. Large birds can not avoid the blades, small birds can’t handle the vortex winds off the blades.
Third, and this is something that I think has not been looked at, what are the long term effects of changing the winds. This falls into the category of unintended consequences. Think of it this way: wind is a process on earth that has cause and effect. Winds blow and they cause air to move, areas to exchange heat because of the air movement, cause water to do things (evaporation, waves, etc) and other such wind related phenomena. What happens when the flow of the wind is disrupted? In a simple case, block the flow of air into your PC and you will cause it to heat up dramatically. What happens when lots of wind turbines cause the air to flow not as much? Yes, the wind turbines cause the air to slow down. It is impossible to extract work from the moving air without causing the air to change in some way and the simplest way is for it to slow down.
Right now, the UK is coming to its senses from what I can read. The money is not there to support these political projects. Rather than tax itself into the stone age and have a power system that regularly fails, many are waking up.
Green in the sense of conserving is good, if you can save something and have a benefit. If the supposed benefit is nothing more than feeling good about it, that is not a benefit, that is a political fantasy that is not sustainable. A benefit is a cost savings. If spending money on a project makes efficiency go up and after some period of time all of the investment is paid for in savings, then conservation is a success. If the payback for a project is too long, then it is likely that the system will need to be replaced from being worn out and thus there are no savings and there was no conservation.
Also consider all that is required to produce something in the equation. For example, if an EV costs twice as much as a petroleum powered vehicle, and it costs a lot to make the battery (including the energy cost to create the battery by refining the materials), and it costs a great deal to make the infrastructure to support the charging stations, etc. Then why do these things even get started.
My view of wind energy is the same as EVs and solar. Then I need to do something, I need my energy or EV now. The very last thing I can afford to hear is that I can’t do it because there is sun or wind or charge right now. If that is the case, it is time again to get a horse because on the horse I can rely if I can give it grass and water.
Renewables are a fantasy that the utopians want us to believe in. They don’t work, the crush us in expenses, the limit our freedoms, they enslave us to the whims of the ones that control the energy.
what characteristics must our futures energy sources possess to be viable? What characteristics are outdated?
Windmill Farms answers:
Future energy sources should exceed certain economic, environmental, health and safety objectives. For one good review of near-term options for transport energy needs, the 14 Jan., 2009 issue of New Scientist includes a good, concise study from Stanford Univ:
Top 7 alternative energies listed
14 January 2009 by Catherine Brahic
The US could replace all its cars and trucks with electric cars powered by wind turbines taking up less than 3 square kilometres, says the study. The US could replace all its cars and trucks with electric cars powered by wind turbines taking up less than 3 square kilometres – in theory, at least. That’s the conclusion of a detailed study ranking 11 types of non-fossil fuels according to their total ecological footprint and their benefit to human health.
The study, carried out by Mark Jacobson of the atmosphere and energy programme at Stanford University, found wind power to be by far the most desirable source of energy. Biofuels from corn and plant waste came right at the bottom of the list, along with nuclear power and “clean” coal.
The energy sources that Jacobson found most promising were, in descending order:
• Concentrated solar power (mirrors heating a tower of water)
• Geothermal energy
• Tidal energy
• Solar panels
• Wave energy
• Hydroelectric dams
To compare the fuels, Jacobson calculated the impacts each would have if it alone powered the entire US fleet of cars and trucks.
He considered not just the quantities of greenhouse gases that would be emitted, but also the impact the fuels would have on the ecosystem – taking up land and polluting water, for instance. Also considered were the fuel’s impact on pollution and therefore human health, the availability of necessary resources, and the energy form’s reliability.
“The energy alternatives that are good are not the ones that people have been talking about the most,” says Jacobson.
“Some options that have been proposed are just downright awful,” he says. “Ethanol-based biofuels will actually cause more harm to human health, wildlife, water supply, and land use than current fossil fuels.”
Jacobson says it would take 30 times more space to grow enough corn to power the US fleet than would be needed to erect enough wind turbines, while bioethanol would produce more greenhouse gases than wind power.
Biofuels have received a considerable amount of political backing in recent years with the US and Europe setting targets to phase in their use and gradually replace oil.
Energy and wildlife experts have expressed concerns about biofuels and the EU last year appeared to reconsider its position.
Nuclear is another energy source whose merits have been debated by European and US leaders alike in the past 12 months. “It results in 25 times more carbon and air pollution than wind,” says Jacobson. Half of those emissions are caused by the time it takes to plan and build a nuclear power plant – time during which fossil fuels have to be burnt for energy.
“Clean” coal – the process of burning coal then capturing the emitted carbon dioxide and storing it underground – is another political favourite. Jacobson’s calculations show that building and using enough clean coal power plants would emit up to 110 times more carbon than building and using wind turbines only.
“The philosophy that we should try a little bit of everything is wrong,” says Jacobson. “We need to focus on the technologies that provide the best benefit. We know which these are.”
Jacobson acknowledges that politicians are calling for a massive jobs programme to pull the economy out of recession, but says investment in renewable energy is one way to do that.
“Putting people to work building wind turbines, solar plants, geothermal plants, electric vehicles, and transmission lines would not only create jobs but also reduce costs due to healthcare, crop damage, and climate damage – as well as provide the world with a truly unlimited supply of clean power,” he says.
Jacobson presented his results to the chairman of the Senate energy and Natural Resources Committee in October last year. They are published in Energy and Environmental Science this month (DOI: 10.1039/b809990c).
Best jobs in renewable energy?
I’m lined up to go to school as an electrician and I was planning on working mostly in renewable energy because I think its great and I’m passionate about it. The thing is maybe I can shoot a little higher, what are some of the best jobs in renewable energy you can have and what are their prerequisites?
Windmill Farms answers:
Jobs in wind energy are on the rise. They range from factory worker, all the way to research and development jobs, with all sorts of in betweens (management, planning and distribution of wind farms, and so on).
Ill assume you are seeking a technically oriented position, so I would say a strong back ground in electrical engineering would be a huge plus.
Regardless of the specific job description you are seeking, I am sure you will be able to find many different renewable job opportunities as the industry continues to evolve and grow.
what do you consider most interesting and challenging aspects of renewable energy and energy conservation job?
Windmill Farms answers:
I have never actually thought about renewable energy in terms of “challenging” but what I do find very interesting is those plans for the sort towers in the Sahara. They’re very high, have a fan at the top, the air warms (because of the sun) and goes up and makes the fan spin thus generating energy via a eh… Well, a dynamo of some sort, I guess. They would look cool AND provide massive amounts of energy.
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