Hello I was wondering if maybe someone here studied or is studying Renewable Energy (Undergraduate) ? Im interesting in Solar energy, Wind energy etc., Which Uni and which course i should choose to get in this industry ? Im from Birmingham and i couldn't find any renewable energy courses in birmingham, even 50miles from birmingham. Can someone please help me or give me some advice how to get in this industry ? Thanks a lot.
- Smart grid technology: involves computer networking and feedback control system courses.
- Power systems and distribution: lots of work is needed here if we are to integrate PV cells (DC) into our existing AC networks. This is everything from semiconductor physics courses to fields and waves (power lines aren't just simple conductors), and much more in other disciplines in engineering (see below).
If you don't go the EE route, the other big area to look at is going into materials or chemical engineering to work on electrical storage systems (batteries). Right now, current battery tech just does not have the energy density to keep things running after dark or when the wind dies down. In addition, there are still issues with toxic chemicals being released during battery disposal that need to he addressed.
Hope this helps. I've lost my aerospace job during this mess and would like to get until this field also, but being right out of school will help you tremendously.
CREST Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology