The wind sector is a dynamic and rapidly evolving industry, offering a variety of opportunities for those who are passionate about sustainable energy.
Harry Slade, one of Astute's Recruitment Partner, who specialsies in permanent and contracting wind sector jobs in hte UK, shares some insightful details about the sector, focusing on the different types of wind power generation and the various roles that are critical in this industry.
The Power of Wind
Wind power generation is primarily divided into two types: Onshore and Offshore.
Each comes with its unique set of advantages and challenges.
Onshore Wind Power
Onshore wind power is the traditional method of harnessing wind energy.
It involves the installation of wind turbines on land, usually in areas with high wind speeds.
The benefits of onshore wind power are numerous, but the most significant is its relatively low cost compared to other forms of renewable energy.
Offshore Wind Power
Offshore wind power, on the other hand, involves the installation of wind turbines in bodies of water, usually in the sea.
The advantages of offshore wind power are compelling.
It offers greater power generation, less environmental impact, and more space for construction.
However, it also presents unique challenges such as high costs, difficult maintenance, and seasonal major repairs.
Floating Wind Power
A newer development in the wind sector is floating wind power.
These turbines are anchored instead of embedded, allowing them to be installed anywhere in deeper seas.
They can be assembled at port, towed out to sea, and towed back to shore for repairs.
This method is reusable, but it also has its own set of challenges, such as environmental impact and export cable complexities.
The People Powering the Wind Sector
The wind sector is not just about wind turbines; it's about the people who make these projects possible.
There are a variety of roles that are critical to the success of any wind power project.
- Project Managers and Land Acquisition Specialists
- Grid Engineers and GIS Engineers
- Health and Safety Managers and Quality Inspectors
- Vessel Crews
Contractors play a crucial role in the installation and major component exchanges.
They often possess cross-functional skillsets, making them invaluable in the execution of a project.
The wind sector is a diverse and exciting industry, offering a wide range of opportunities for those interested in renewable energy.
It's not just about the technology; it's about the people who make it possible.
Whether you're a Project Manager, a Grid Engineer, or a Vessel Crew member, there's a place for you in the wind sector.
So, are you ready to power a sustainable world?
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Harry is an authority in the on and offshore wind space, so connect with him on LinkedIn.
Harry joined Astute in January 2022 from a background in recruiting both as a consultant in engineering and manufacturing, and as an internal recruiter.
He is now a Recruitment Partner specialising in renewables and the UK wind sector.