Anyone on here in the renewable energy/clean tech industry?
Big n daft
I haven’t been following that area closely in recent years but renewable heat policy has always been all over the place for a variety of reasons. Decarbonising heat via renewables – including injecting biomethane to the grid – has got to be a major focus for the next decade though if the uk wants to deliver on climate change obligationsPosted 5 months agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
Worked in landfill gas extraction industry for years, clawed my way through contractors then a big waste management company, gas extraction, power gen, rocs, even remember the old NFFO stuff. Crawled up the company ladder then jumped off when you lot started recycling everything. I was nearly at the top too.
Still, never looked back. Built a load of wind farms and then hydros but they were all in Scotland and I wanted home.
House has solar panels too. 😀Posted 5 months agodoordonotMember
And I prepare landscape and visual impact assessments to inform the design and layout of battery storage, AD, solar and wind schemes. And I could assist or put you in contact with people who advise on all things ecology/trees/heritage and grid connections in relation to the environmental planning aspect.Posted 5 months agoDuane…Member
Thanks for all the replies.
Without wanting to bore you with my life story – MEng, engineering grad scheme at a good engineering company, then a year in India at a improved cookstove social enterprise (biz coordinator/dogs body role), and now just over 6 months at a sustainable office furniture startup (project doer/ops/growth).
I really want to get into the renewables or related clean tech industry (eg renewables consultancies, battery storage, energy generation etc), but without prior industry experience, nor a core specialism (I am a through and through generalist, jack of most trades, master of none), finding it hard to make any progress.
Should I just be focussing on very small startups (who may need a generalist and can’t be fussy about prior experience), or more junior/entry level roles?
I don’t feel like I am learning much (other than becoming a better generalist) – I am desperate to get into a role where I can develop a bit of a specialism and learn learn learn!
Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
Thanks,Posted 5 months ago
Tricky one, a lot will depend where you live and what jobs are available there or if you are willing to move. It sounds like you are young and recently graduated though which will partly play in your favour in that you will be able to go for relatively junior roles rather than trying to muscle in further up the ladder.
I’d be searching out and scanning all the renewables jobs sources/email lists/recruiters, get active on linkedin, identifying all relevant companies and getting a cv and covering letter to a named person. I guess these days there’s lots of kids leaving uni with degrees in renewables etc so probably a lot of competition so make what work experience you do have stand out, eg budget/time/project/client management, team working, initiative, etc, etc. I’ve never had a job that’s been advertised, always word of mouth through friends in the industry/passing CV around.
My own experience is ten years of consultancy in on/offshore wind, O&G, wave and tidal and HVDC interconnectors. I’ve noticed a drop in the number of vacancies available in the last few years and a lot more competition, failure of governments to cohesively support the industry has led to the wave of optimism there was ten years ago fading a bit though there are big projects still going ahead. I’m not sure what the smaller end of the renewables industry is like, I imagine solar/small turbines are still ticking over.
I’m also trying to get back into the industry and might have to move, currently pursuing an opportunity in that London…
Oh and if you fancy moving overseas, I would be keeping an eye on overseas renewables if we continue to drop the ball here in the UK – French tidal/offshore wind, Indonesia tidal, even the USA. Keep an eye on http://renews.biz/ to get an idea of what is happening where.Posted 5 months agomarkwsfMember
At an engineering level, engineers have discipline rather than application specialisms, so I’d suggest focusing on what aspect of engineering you are most interested in / capable at and looking at roles around that within the renewable / clean energy sector.
I’ve worked in the automotive & industrial IC engine sector for most of my career, and as hybrid / electric etc has started to become mainstream it’s still the same engineers who are leading the charge – the skills are the same, it’s just the relative importance of the disciplines that have changed, and even then it’s relatively subtle.
EDIT – add to that some work with consultant engineering companies working for more diverse applications such as wind turbine engineering – the same trend applies….
Happy to talk if you want to – email in profilePosted 5 months agomarkoc1984Subscriber
Offshore Windfarm construction is really ramping up in the next few years, with lots of projects moving into the construction phase. I’m working for a ship owner with several offshore support vessels and our main focus this year will be assisting the construction. The main countries pushing this forward are the UK, Netherlands and Germany, although there are projects going on in most countries.
This website has lots of useful information on it showing all of the current and planned windfarms:
If you dig around in it you can find out which companies are the main ones involved, and which ones you should be contacting.
There are also several exhibitions and conferences each year throughout Europe that are worth going to so you can meet lots of people from different aspects of the industry.Posted 5 months ago
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