I currently work at Pondera Consult as a wind energy consultant. My colleagues and I advise our clients – both companies and government bodies – throughout the development stage of wind projects, from idea to project authorisation. Simply put, we help defining a robust idea for a wind farm that has a positive impact on the energy mix as well as the environment. We do this through both research and policy evaluation.
Currently, I am working on a diverse spectrum of activities. To name a few, I conduct feasibility studies to determine the potential of wind energy search areas, I develop strategies to establish financial participation schemes and I prepare permit applications and environmental impact assessments. For these purposes I use geo-information system-based (GIS) software and photo visualisations.
As a high schooler that wanted to work in ‘something related to sustainability’, I chose the bachelor’s programme Innovation Sciences with the energy specialisation cluster because I felt this was the best paved road towards my goal that became more clearly defined as the course progressed. My board year at Intermate prepared me for working on projects in teams. I pursued my master’s degree at Imperial College London, where I studied Sustainable Energy Futures.
Pondera Consult has both specialists and generalists. Being an Innovation Scientist, I obviously belong to the latter category. Studying Innovation Sciences has definitely enabled me to work on topics in the comfort zone of people from backgrounds ranging from electrical engineering to business administration studies. After being troubled at birthday parties with the too familiar questions about Innovation Sciences (“What kind of vacancies could you possibly apply to?”), I can now safely say that I work on the implementation of a specific technology in society. And more often than not, obstructions in wind projects are likely to be caused by spatial planning, legal procedures or economics rather than turbine noise, shadow flicker and energy yield. Balancing these among other aspects is the big puzzle that my colleagues and I work on every day.
If all this makes you want to know more about sustainable energy, my job or me, feel free to contact me! Send me a message on LinkedIn and let me know what you think.