A future perspective on the sustainable and renewable energy sector

In today’s age of energy crisis, a career in sustainable and renewable engineering is a lucrative choice. Energy engineering graduates can explore opportunities to work as solar energy system engineers, project managers, wind farm designers, and more

Engineering is a vast field of study that is going to remain until we cease to exist. Industrial revolution 4.0 has introduced several new technologies (Internet of Things, Machine Learning, and Robotics) that engineers need to imbibe to meet future demands. 

Given the new industrial revolution, it is important that we re-look the existing engineering specialisations by introducing some new-age courses that will be relevant in the future years. B.Tech. Advanced Materials and Nano Technology, B.Tech. Medical Devices, and B.Tech. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Engineering are some of the advanced engineering programs. 

India is the second-largest populous country and the fastest-growing economy in the world. This has led to increasing demand for energy in India. Due to its dense population, the pollution level in India has also risen. The Indian government is planning to boost the production of renewable energy. Solar energy, wind energy, thermal energy, biomass energy, and tidal energy are important renewable energy resources in India. At present, all the major industries need to monitor energy use. This implies that opportunities for renewable and sustainable energy engineering graduates across all sectors (such as the food industry, pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, and transport sector) will rise sharply.

The country’s geographical location has the potential to generate solar energy. The government of India and intergovernmental agencies are looking forward to source and supply energy resources to meet the demands of citizens and industry. 

A promising future for specialists in B.Tech. in Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Earlier, renewable energy technologies had an environmental niche. But today, the sustainability of renewable energy demonstrates a key economic driver in generating revenue, creating jobs, and stimulating technological developments. Planning, financing, installation, storage, distribution, operation, maintenance, processing, and renewable electricity sales and grid management, opens the door for countless job opportunities.

With the world’s core resources depleting and causing damage to environment and ecosystem, the industry is rapidly moving towards sustainable technology. For instance, energy-saving appliances, electric vehicles, access to solar energy and finding alternatives for plastic usage etc.

According to Dr. Sushabhan Chowdhury, Department of Electrical and Electronics, UPES, “The demand for engineers working in the renewable sector will no doubt increase in the coming years. Engineers are needed to research, design, and construct ways to find new, eco-friendly, and sustainable sources of energy. The renewable and sustainability sector is a great choice for students. UPES is one of the few institutions offering a specialisation in B.Tech. Renewable and Sustainable Energy.”

Graduates in renewable and sustainable energy can work in the following areas: 

  • Process engineering
  • Design engineering
  • Research and development
  • Program engineers
  • Energy auditors
  • Civil and construction
  • Environmental engineers
  • Transportation engineering
  • Defence
  • Energy systems design, conventional and renewable
  • Energy management and project management
  • Manufacturing industry, particularly big energy users, such as food, pharmaceuticals, and transport industries
  • Consultancy

Why UPES School of Engineering?

UPES School of Engineering, Dehradun, is at the forefront of delivering education that ensures students are job-ready as soon as they graduate. Sector-centric knowledge, along with practical and theoretical knowledge enables students to make a mark. Additionally, students can pursue minor specialisations in latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Robotics and Self-Driven Vehicles, Internet of Things, Data Analytics and Blockchain. Academic-industry alliances with giants such as the London School of Business, Singapore, Larsen and Turbo, and Microsoft give an edge to UPES students.

At UPES, students are offered world-class academic infrastructure, multimedia-enabled classrooms, modern research labs, large expanse of sports fields all around the campus, food courts, hostels, and other facilities for curricular and extracurricular activities. A premier institution of learning with an emphasis on holistic development, the university develops and hones future leaders for diverse high-growth sectors, both in India and overseas.

(The writer is an avid blogger who has worked with media organisations such as NDTV and India Today in the past. In her current role, she primarily writes on trends in the education industry and skills needed for workplaces of the future.) 

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