The pace keeps moving with new ways to combat the reliance on fossil fuels. This is constantly creating jobs both on project terms and long term employment.
Recently work began on Zenobe’s 100MW super battery, which is designed to store excess energy from renewable sources and redistributed them back to the national grid. This is the first, but definitely not the last of its kind, and signalling a whole new industry, and with Tesla’s battery technology proving it could balance the grid before. This is an exciting new industry to merge with the utilities sector.
Also plans for the first net zero emissions power station in the UK with have been announced.
The natural gas plant at Wilton International on Teesside will capture and store carbon emissions offshore.
Middlesbrough’s Sembcorp Energy UK and US clean energy firm 8 Rivers Capital, who are running have said it could create up to 2,000 jobs during construction and require 200 to operate it.
The Whitetail Clean Energy project will use a process which combusts natural gas with oxygen, rather than air, and uses carbon dioxide in a fluid state, instead of steam, to drive turbines.
The process will eliminate all air emissions, including traditional pollutants and carbon dioxide, which will be captured and stored under the North Sea.
If given regulatory approval, the facility could produce about 300 megawatts of electricity per hour and be in operation by 2025. The UK government has put £6m into the project since 2012.
Stockton North’s Labour MP Alex Cunningham said Teesside was the “ideal location for a decarbonisation cluster”, but it was “critical” the resulting jobs were well paid and open to local workers.
The world of Energy and Technology is changing at a rapid rate and this not only brings a more sustainable, clean and renewable energy source but also a new technical workforce. It’s fantastic to see a real growth in carbon tackling energy solutions. And it’s showing that the range of careers within energy is almost limitless.
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