Energy Jobs: Biogas Appears Promising
Anyone looking to start a career or find a new opportunity in the energy sector should take a look at biogas. Also known as renewable natural gas, biogas is on the rise in the U.S. with many projects for sustainable energy currently under way and many more to come.
According to the American Biogas Council, or ABC, there are more than 2,100 sites in the US currently producing biogas. These sites include anaerobic digesters on farms, wastewater treatment plants using digesters, standalone digesters and landfill gas projects.
The ABC says potential for U.S. growth is huge. “We count nearly 11,000 sites ripe for development today: 8,241 dairy and swine farms and 2,440 wastewater treatment plants (including about 381 who are making biogas but not using it) which could support a digester and 440 untapped landfill gas projects.”
If these types of systems are fully realized, they have the potential to produce enough energy to supply power to a whopping 3.5 million homes in America. They can also cut emissions in a manner that is equivalent to getting rid of 800,000 to 11 million vehicles off the road.
Employment in the Future
The process of creating sustainable fuel cells takes knowledgeable work, and there is work to be had. While the country continues efforts to move away from fossil fuels, the sustainable energy industry will continue to see growth, especially in this up-and-coming sector of the green industry.
The most attainable positions will be for those job seekers with an engineering degree and/or applicable work experience, but there are more out there. Positions range from project managers to field service technicians and more.
The American Biogas Council is an excellent resource for anyone looking to learn more about anaerobic digestion and to find employment in this promising green industry.