Q&A: Is ‘renewable energy technology’ too broad a degree to study in order to come out with good job prospects?

Question by FrinkLimpood: Is ‘renewable energy technology’ too broad a degree to study in order to come out with good job prospects?
I want a career in the green energy sector but not 100% sure what side of the career i’d like to work in, eg engineer or researcher etc. So is it worth studying a degree at leceister university; ‘green energy technology’? Or is is too broad a subject to study and therefore come out with good prospects, if i were to do this course, what would my options be after graduating?

Best answer:

Answer by Brad
You may want to try for something more specific. One option you may want to explore is getting two degrees. One in renewable energy technology and another in something more specific. Stay away from wind b/c it is a dying industry. Solar could gather momentum quickly if there is a break through in battery technology in the near future. This is especially true because solar panel efficiency has improved greatly in the past few years. Corn ethanol is also dying, but there is still a lot of research being conducted recently to try and make ethanol from organic wasted such as lawn clippings, leaves, and lumber mill waste.
If you want a job that I believe is going to be really secure in green energy then go nuclear. Yeah I know there are a lot of problems with nuclear energy especially in the wake of Fukishima, but recent innovations in reactor technology will make it much safer and cleaner in the near future.
examples
1. Thorium has been identified as a possible replacement for uranium as a reactor fuel. The short half life of thorium eliminates waste disposal problems.(India is building an experimental thorium reactor)
2. Liquid salt cooling systems will prevent build up of pressure in the event of a cooling system failure. This would have stopped the Chernobyl accident and reduced the damage at Fukishima.
3. Pebble bed reactors unlike the current fuel rod based reactors can’t get hot enough to melt down even if the cooling system fails. (China has built one and it is working well so far)

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