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08-07-2011 01:57 AM  6 years agoPost 1
Sophie Loader

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I was considering moving to America following the completion of my degree, and working in renewble energy.
Given the latest news reports, I'm wondering if this is such a good idea. However, news is news and much of it as we know is hyped up to unrealistic proportions, so, I was wondering what do you guys think about the medium to long term employment issues in renewable energy.
Is America really falling down or is this what the press would like us to believe ?

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08-07-2011 02:09 AM  6 years agoPost 2
baby uh1

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I won't tell you what to do but the renewable energy BS is going to die with Obama's career and our economy. You might want to look for opportunities in Hong Kong or some other free enterprize zone as we are going to fall on hard times real soon. JMHO

PS I wish people would study realistic things like clean coal, more efficient oil production, safer nuclear, or maybe even cold fusion!
That would really help.

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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08-07-2011 02:17 AM  6 years agoPost 3
Sophie Loader

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PS I wish people would study realistic things like clean coal, more efficient oil production, safer nuclear, or maybe even cold fusion!
Are you serious ? Wake up and do the numbers. Risk assesments and energy calculations. Given the earth's only energy source, it's a no brainer. Once we have figured out the physics for high efficiency thermal to electricity, then we can directly tap into the sun. PV's and heliostats are just a precursor of what's to come.

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08-07-2011 02:20 AM  6 years agoPost 4
Dennis (RIP)

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Come on over Sophie.

Just remember, jobs are tough to come by all over right now.

Best to lock something in somehow before you make the trip.

If you can get in the door with a multi national corp, then so much the better.
Once we have figured out the physics for high efficiency thermal to electricity, then we can directly tap into the sun.
I could be wrong. But, isn't that a very long, long ways down the road?

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08-07-2011 02:28 AM  6 years agoPost 5
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Do it. What degree do you have applied math or physics? You can get a good job here, might not be in renewable energy right off the bat but you can get paid here if you have math or engineering background. Then once you get settled and do your research you can move on to your field. Companies in USA are having a very difficult time finding candidates with technical background.

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08-07-2011 02:31 AM  6 years agoPost 6
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OK, so you're saying that the job market is really rather tough right now. I heed the point. I must say that the multi national approach is a big NO NO due to the fact that multi national greed has been responsible in part for placing us in the situation we are now in. For example, buying up patents for systems that would otherwise contribute to the solution of the energy problem, in order to protect their short term profits. Dennis - wake up man. Recent thermal to electricity papers are suggesting conversion ratios that could challenge that of PVs. However I suspect that the 'driving forces' are politically curbed so the necessary research is being blocked.

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08-07-2011 02:44 AM  6 years agoPost 7
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Dennis - wake up man. Recent thermal to electricity papers are suggesting conversion ratios that could challenge that of PVs. However I suspect that the 'driving forces' are politically curbed so the necessary research is being blocked.
Well best of luck to you Sophie.

I hope you do well.

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08-07-2011 02:54 AM  6 years agoPost 8
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Sophie, Were ever you find your career be sure to work on your ideas and invent the technologies you are talking about on your own. Then you control the patents yourself and can produce the changes you speak of.
I find it very hard to believe that out of all of the bright people like yourself that have invented solutions to the energy problems were so greedy that they have all sold out to the multinational companies instead of finding ways to produce the tech themselves.

Good luck to you in your career.

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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08-07-2011 02:55 AM  6 years agoPost 9
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Might Work !

Just might !

{Recent thermal to electricity papers} are suggesting conversion ratios that could challenge that of PVs

Come on over and bring a a whole fleet of cargo container ships full of our currency - Please Bring Benjamen's only -

Even though we are setting on literal mountain's of coal and ocean's of oil on our home land, just off our shores, we will show the world how to turn it into heat to run our turbine generators.

Then we may want to trade for U - o - ro's For our Candy Bar's and Pizza.

greyeagle

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08-07-2011 11:58 AM  6 years agoPost 10
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Not interested in nuclear on this planet but rather in methods of harnessing the suns energy given that it is the earth's only source of energy. PV is moving forward nicely as the hybrids are now solving the band gap issues which is great for this country. Also some great research coming from MIT using nanotube suspensions so PVs can now be sprayed on. The physics and topology of wind turbines is developing to a much higher level; the horizontally mounted roof turbines developed in Holland could have a dramatic impact on acceptance. Hydrogen storage is now effective and safely doable although there is some stupid politics blocking the availability of the hydride. Direct conversion of heat to electricity is sadly in it's infancy although some encouraging results have recently been achieved with new alloys; I have a hunch that the solution may lie in heliostats and high temperature ion depletion. Ground source heat pumps are now working very well although it's questionable wheather using bore hole methods is an intelligent thing to do !
Petrol heads can still enjoy big blocks using biofuels and/or hydrogen while the rest of us can switch to electric.

Fot me, this is exciting stuff and methods such as these can easily provide more than enough for our planet. We don't need or want oil.

Oil and greed is killing our planet

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08-07-2011 12:24 PM  6 years agoPost 11
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Oil and greed is killing our planet
regarding the greed part that's total BS. The whole capitalist premise is founded on the concept of exploitation and, to a greater part, greed. It also deselects activities that are not conducive to profit. I had a very hard time coming to terms with that during my working life.

They need to make nuclear fusion work and we'll be sorted. Solar power is a sort of stop gap, probably more reliable than wind, but probably less reliable than wave. We would still need power stations.

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08-07-2011 12:57 PM  6 years agoPost 12
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It's been promised that these types of techonologies were going to make oil and coal obsolete for the last fourty years or so. If we're realistic we are still going to need those energy sources for years to come so we better be realistic about improving how we mine and use them.

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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08-07-2011 01:25 PM  6 years agoPost 13
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the problem I see with solar is that it will take vast areas to generate such and such an amount of electricity. That might mean land for housing or farming or recreation will have to make way etc. . . not something you want to do, never mind the eyesore issue.

I don't think the problem with them is the efficiency. Apart from geothermal power which I believe is always present, solar, wind and tide are probably intermittent and not something we can switch on demand like a power station. We get power on nature's whim - not on our terms. And I've heard that power storage technology is not very good at all. If we can solve the energy storage problems then maybe these alternatives might be viable.

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08-07-2011 02:40 PM  6 years agoPost 14
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The renewable energy industry is growing in Michigan.

Question claims that jobs are hard to find. There are too many variables for such a statement to be true. The question is do you fit the job opportunities available?

Many skilled and unskilled labor jobs have gone over seas. Knowledge worker jobs (engineering, etc) are still here in the states. One of the problems the US has is far too many Americans don't qualify for these positions.

I encourage you to seek employment here in the US. We need your education and expertise to grow our economy.

Cheers,

Steve

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08-07-2011 03:11 PM  6 years agoPost 15
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Total load of road apples. The main problem this planet has is very simply too many people. Simple fact, 1,000,000 years ago the human population was zero. In 1950 it was approximately two billion. Today, only 60 years later, it's over tripled to almost seven billion. By 2050 it's projected to be 12.5 billion. At some point in the foreseeable future, if we don't curb this population growth, this planet will not be capable of sustaining our population because we won't be able to produce enough food. At that point it won't matter what energy sources we have because they will all be destroyed because we'll be in world war III and it will be over food and not energy resources. Everybody is all worked up about the "hockey stick" graph showing CO2 content in our atmosphere, but they're completely ignoring the same hockey stick shaped graph showing the world population. (Hmm, I wonder if there's a conection there? ) In a few decades worrying about filling up the SUV will be the least of our problems. This is the true white elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about.

So if you really want to do something constructive, figure out how to quadruple the food output of an acre of land in such a manner that it won't be lost when the weather conditions don't cooperate.

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08-07-2011 03:29 PM  6 years agoPost 16
baby uh1

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Well, using a bunch of diesel fuel and crop land to produce biofuel isn't going to help with that issue, is it? Or like you said, covering that land with solar cells.
The world war that Obama is working on will help with the population problem but it won't be good for the environment!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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08-07-2011 04:06 PM  6 years agoPost 17
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Absolutely. Diverting food crops into fuel is one of the stupidest things we can do.

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08-07-2011 04:17 PM  6 years agoPost 18
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the other thing about solar power is that if you were to panel a large area of land (say the Sahara) for energy production, it would have geographical effects on the weather system, because you are interfering with the land's role in the grand scheme of things. There are always consequences. (In case you don't know, nutrients from the Sahara from heat waves go on to fertilize the Amazon!).

I totally agree with you Dragon2115: all this renewable crap is just a sideline excuse in dealing with the real problem: overpopulation.
if we don't curb this population growth, this planet will not be capable of sustaining our population because we won't be able to produce enough food.
it would not just be food production. It would also be waste disposal, access to clean water and shelter etc. . they are also basic needs dependent on finite land resources.

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08-07-2011 04:32 PM  6 years agoPost 19
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Vas a necesitar aprender espanol.

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08-07-2011 06:19 PM  6 years agoPost 20
baby uh1

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When I was in grade school they were telling us that the world would be out of fresh water by 1980! Is there some reason that we fill our children's heads with BS when they are in school?

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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