Small Hydropower Project Developer / Engineer

£22000 - £26000 per annum
11 Jan 2018
08 Feb 2018
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Contract Type
Full Time
Working with an innovative low-head hydropower system, targeting the tens-of-thousands of small historic watermill sites all over Europe. It uses a slowly-rotating turbine runner with large flow passages, so fish can move safely up and downstream, and it is tolerant of debris. There are working systems in Germany, Switzerland and India, but is now ready for commercial roll-out with the UK being chosen as the best country for this due to a supportive regulatory framework.

Your role would be to learn everything about developing small hydropower sites using this new technology, covering the feasibility, consenting, design, installation and operational phases. You would work on the first five demonstration sites under the guidance of some of the UK's leading hydropower engineers.

Hydropower projects require a broad range of skills. Applicants must be confident, self-reliant and not need constant supervision. You will probably be a graduate engineer or similarly qualified person with a strong technical base. You will have at least two years' experience of working in a technical environment.

This role is about building operational hydropower sites, so you would be able to, through work or hobbies, demonstrate a strong practical ability and understanding of mechanical systems. An appreciation of civil engineering and electrics would be an advantage. Hydro projects start with site surveys, methodical feasibility work and analysis, so the applicant would need to demonstrate technical analysis and report writing skills.

The next stage is consenting, generally with the water regulator and local authority planners. This stage needs attention to detail, management skills to push the process forward and negotiation skills to address any issues that arise. Next is the real engineering - the design stage. You would be integrating pre-defined civil engineering works, as well as adapting mechanical and electrical designs, to the local conditions.

They use AutoCAD and Inventor so familiarity with CAD software would be an advantage. Next is construction and installation, so you would be keen to get stuck in and get your hands dirty and wouldn't be afraid to work long days to get the job done - and be able to deal with cold, wet weather and blazing sun with equal fortitude. And then the whole process starts again with the next project, though in reality you would be handing multiple projects all at different stages, so great time and project management skills are essential.

The office is located in a beautiful watermill in the Stroud valley, so is ideal for someone who likes to work in a pleasant environment. The office and staff are a friendly, collaborative group so they are looking for someone who fits in well with that ethos. The intention is that once the first five demonstration sites were operational you would have become the UK expert for this hydro system and would become a key part of the leadership team as the system moved into full commercial deployment.