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  • 23-09-2019 3:19pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 137 ✭✭ edwardkiley


    hello
    I am 20 years old. I have a big interest in renewable energy generation and I am particularly interested in solar. However I lack knowledge in the area and I was wondering how could could get a career/ or training in this area. unfortunately college is not an option.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,364 ✭✭✭ rolion


    Hi Edward,

    Welcome on board on boards... :)


    Not sure we can help you here.


    Can i ask you to answer / do your "home work" on few things:

    list 5 things that you find nice about renewables;

    list 5 things that you hate about it;

    list 3 things that you are handy and confident working in the industry;

    list 3 things that you may not be so happy working in the industry;

    name 5 global companies that supply parts and "know-how" to relevant industry;

    name local 5 companies that supply parts and "know-how" to relevant industry;

    name 5 websites that have a valid active presence online in the renewables;

    name 3 political acts that had to do with renewables,enviroment and yourself,direct or indirect;

    name 2 economical issues that had to do with renewables,enviroment and yourself,direct or indirect;

    name cryptic/anonymous 3 friends of yours that have installed renewables;

    share your friends experience with renewables,both positive and negative,from all aspects that you can cover (i guess at least 3 now);

    describe the ideal system with no restrictions on technical or budgetary sides, that you think will fit YOU ,a normal house,normal life,2 adults,2 kids.


    Not lastly,try to sell me a renewable system of your choice.
    Maxim a page in format A4.
    Ask me few questions that will assist you in making the proposal.
    Then, i can answer any further queries that will help prepping the quotation.
    Then,i will reply and you do the pre-technical talk .Or,pre-sales talk... your choice !?

    Does that sounds a fair game !??
    Be good...


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,764 ✭✭✭ taytobreath


    hello
    I am 20 years old. I have a big interest in renewable energy generation and I am particularly interested in solar. However I lack knowledge in the area and I was wondering how could could get a career/ or training in this area. unfortunately college is not an option.

    There's plenty solar panel installers around Ireland. Give them a call u might get lucky.

    Ideally you'd need a third level qualification. Waterford and Cork do level 8 degrees in sustainable energy engineering and there's a big demand for the students coming off theses courses.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Buy some gear. Make it work, then make it work better.
    Beat the pencil pushers to practical applications of technology.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    My friends boyfriend is an engineer of sorts. Works fixing & maintaining onshore & off shore windmills
    So maybe try to get into engineering


  • Registered Users Posts: 701 ✭✭✭ JonathonS


    Hi Edward,

    Where are you living (county)?

    Can you give some indication of why college is not an option?


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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    JonathonS wrote: »


    Can you give some indication of why college is not an option?

    Because you can learn more faster by getting your hands dirty?


  • Registered Users Posts: 137 ✭✭ edwardkiley


    college is not really an option due to funds. I dont have the means of being able to get by for 4 years. Its mostly a family issue. Ive looked into grants and I wont qualify.
    Im living in dublin


  • Registered Users Posts: 701 ✭✭✭ JonathonS


    Thanks for your reply Mark. I have sent you a Private Message.


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    You'll learn more by improving systems you design, on the tools and with some test gear, than in a lecture theatre doing marketing biased documentation based calculations. Being taught by lecturers who never in their lives tailed 50mm² to a battery terminal.

    I'd start with 24v/48v and work up to 600V when you are confident.

    I fix the work of professionals so often I just take it as a given these days to limit expectations of the wholesomeness and performance of any system I work on until I can prove it.

    Hands up how many installers/designers/mentors own and use the systems they advocate?


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