• A wind turbine technician apprentice tells the Guardian about his experiences in his new function.
  • Electrical car battery know-how firm Enevate secures an $81 million funding.
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Wind turbine technician apprentice

The Guardian spoke with Braidon Nurse, 19, who’s within the second yr of his apprenticeship engaged on the Larger Gabbard offshore wind farm 12 miles off the coast of Suffolk, England, for SSE Renewables.

Photograph: Andy Donohoe/Guardian

Larger Gabbard is a 140-turbine, 504 MW wind farm collectively owned by SSE and RWE Renewables. It’s is the farthest from shore and within the deepest water of any industrial UK offshore wind farm.

Right here’s an excerpt the place Nurse talks about his apprenticeship, of which is prone to grow to be a everlasting function:

Lots of my dad’s buddies labored within the offshore oil trade, and I favored the sound of working outdoors, being busy and holding on my toes. I’m undecided how I’d cope being caught in an workplace all day. Everybody I spoke to stated the identical factor: oil is useless, renewables are the long run.

I’m studying abilities I wouldn’t have the ability to be taught anyplace else and I’m working with a staff of individuals which might be actually dedicated to serving to me progress. I’m beginning to work on greater jobs and be trusted to deal with upkeep duties alone. We frequently verify the entire of the turbine, clear it, change filters, possibly change the principle circuit breaker – no matter’s required.

Individuals at all times ask what it’s like being on the prime of a 100-meter-high wind turbine. It does make your legs go a bit humorous while you look excessive.

Long run, I’d wish to specialize within the excessive voltage aspect in order that I may isolate a specific turbine from the others if needed. There are solely three individuals approved to do this on the Larger Gabbard web site, so it’s an vital job.

I’m blissful I made a decision to work within the renewable vitality sector basically and wind particularly. It’s definitely elevated my consciousness about the truth that all of us have a task to play in making the long run a sustainable one.

Enevate funding

Enevate, which manufactures silicon-dominant lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery know-how that includes excessive quick cost and high-energy density for electrical autos, has secured $81 million in Sequence E funding led by Constancy Administration & Analysis Firm. That cash will present the corporate with additional assets to speed up international adoption of Enevate’s battery know-how in electrical autos.

Present traders Mission Ventures and Infinite Potential Applied sciences additionally participated within the spherical. Enevate has raised $191 million up to now. It was based in 2005.

This newest funding will allow the corporate to considerably broaden its pre-production line designed to information EV and different battery prospects towards implementing larger-scale battery manufacturing utilizing Enevate’s silicon anode-based batteries. It is going to additionally allow Enevate to rent extra personnel with an emphasis on scientists and engineers.

Enevate works with a number of automotive authentic gear producers and EV battery producers utilizing a enterprise mannequin of know-how switch and mental property licensing.

LG Chem is considered one of many traders in Enevate. Sungrok Bang, director of open innovation from LG Power Options, the battery spinout from LG Chem, stated:

Our collaboration with Enevate began in 2017 and progresses right this moment, we’re enthusiastic about quick cost, excessive vitality density know-how and we’re working to carry it to the EV market. Congratulations to the Enevate staff on this newest milestone.

Photograph: SSE

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