Mastering The Wind (And Waves) In The UK

The United Kingdom has a whole lot of wind power going in these days, both onshore and off, and wave and tidal power installations are popping up as well. And now, through the University of Hull, it has an advanced degree track aimed at preparing students to work on those technologies.

The university said the U.K.’s first first master’s degree program with a focus on teaching the advanced skills and knowledge critical to the rapidly developing renewable energy industry is scheduled to begin classes at the end of the summer.

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The Masters of Science in Environmental Technology Renewable Energy will be run by the Department of Geography at the University of Hull and supported by CASS, the university’s business-focused renewable energy and environment hub. The new master’s program is designed to give students the specific skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment at the highest levels of the renewable energy industry, the public sector and consulting by drawing on the university’s research expertise and industry relationships.

Starting in September, students enrolled in the program will examine the key scientific and technical principles behind a range of renewable energy technologies, learn about product design and life cycles, develop research and analytical skills relevant to renewable energy resource analysis, and gain practical experience through industry placements with integrated dissertation projects.

Professor Jack Hardisty, the program director, said, in a statement, “The University has commercial relationships with some of the biggest names in renewables and is contributing to the development of innovative green energy technology worldwide.” He went on to note that this puts the institution in an excellent position to have students learn from real world examples (as evidenced by key program modules in wind and tidal stream power based on  real time operational data from renewable energy installations in the regions of Hull and the Humber).

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.