To get into Renewable energy, what is the best degree for me to study?

Question by FrinkLimpood: To get into Renewable energy, what is the best degree for me to study?
Is it better to study ‘Green energy technology’ at Leicester uni, or study an engineering degree, probably electrical eng?
Or if there are any other courses you suggest….? and why?
Or is there any point wanting to go into the renewable energy sector? will we ever actually turn to green energies? or will big oil/gas/nuclear companies rule what we do, and not allow us to move forward in a green way?

Best answer:

Answer by Talasi
If you REALLY want to help out the renewable energy sector, become a top-notch electrical engineer. Then, revolutionize our capacitor technology.

That is one of main things keeping renewables as a second-tier resource. With wind farms and solar stations especially, our present capacitor capabilities will forbid them from ever becoming anything more than an aid. They will NEVER be able to replace all the coal/oil/gas/nuclear… unless you go out and design us some rockstar capacitors. Inefficient energy storage is the killer.

And those companies don’t “rule what we do.” C’mon now. Look at what renewables are actually capable of with our present technology. They are not a fantastic cure-alls.

Besides, power companies are diversifying their sources more and more everyday. GE and AREVA are huge energy players, and both are integrating renewables into the designs. Our energy sources will have to play nice with each other until our technology progresses further. It’s not all or nothing.

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