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What Are the Different Types of Renewable Energy Careers?

A large field of rapeseed, which is used to make biofuel.
A wind farm.
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  • Written By: Geri Terzo
  • Edited By: PJP Schroeder
  • Last Modified Date: 31 March 2014
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Renewable energy is a segment of the energy industry that generates or distributes power using renewable resources such as the sun and wind. Transportation has been affected by the potential of renewable energy as commodities, including sugar and corn, are used to create biofuel, which may be kinder on the environment in comparison with traditional oil and gas. Renewable energy careers exist across all of these categories, and traditional roles, such as plumbing and construction, can also be filled as industry standards change.

Taking on a renewable energy project, whether an internal corporate endeavor or the proactive development of some alternative power facility, such as a wind farm, is a timely and capital-intensive endeavor that also involves risk. Consultants represent renewable energy careers that can be followed to support this growing industry. Professionals serving in this capacity may be responsible for surveying potential locations for a renewable energy project or comparing the potential of a new venture to other case studies.

Individuals interested in pursuing renewable energy careers might be qualified to contribute to the solar power industry as engineers. Renewable energy engineers may be responsible for developing heating appliances and panels that are in compliance with the latest solar technology. Services might be appropriate for individual homes, businesses, or building complexes. Solar engineers continually ensure that the photovoltaic systems or cells inside of panels are using as much heat as possible as provided by the sun and efficiently converting that energy into power.

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Biofuel production and development is another area where renewable energy careers can be pursued. Alternative fuels can be made from ingredients such as animal fat or agricultural products, including corn and sugar, which are used to make ethanol. Every potential land site is not appropriate for a biofuel facility, and scientists as well as rock and water specialists fill renewable energy careers that identify what conditions are suitable for the development of biofuel materials.

There are many different moving parts to the development of a biofuel facility, ranging from the identification of the location to the installation of equipment and machinery for product processing. Designers create the image and feasibility of a new facility, while developers operate the project and keep it running efficiently. A host of other career positions must be filled, including technicians to install equipment in addition to construction workers and plumbing professionals, who contribute to the effective operation of biofuel plants.

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