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Postby Doive » 07 Mar 2006, 01:19

Well, after almost a year of frantic searching and having just about given up hope, it all came good today. Had a second interview with a company called Econnect, who consult on and construct renewable energy projects. Interview went well, and after a brief discussion they offered me the job. Excellent. It's based down in Hexham, which is only 200 miles from Dundee (or 30 quid as the BMW likes to call it) so I can still come north for fireworks displays etc. So everyone is happy.
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Postby Shellysowner » 07 Mar 2006, 01:26

Congratulations mate, I always knew it would come good for you. So there is light at the end of the tunnel!
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Postby Doive » 07 Mar 2006, 01:38

If you look hard enough, scratch the surface deep enough and stick at it, then yes, there is hope.

We still have x jobs available, and 10x engineering graduates.
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Postby chris(not) » 07 Mar 2006, 14:02

That job sounds worthwhile as well as interesting.

I've been vaguely toying with the idea of grid connected PV since we moved, but the cost still seems to be a bit steep for an "impulse buy".

Congratulations and best of luck too, I hope it's a success!

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Postby jifop » 07 Mar 2006, 15:46

coolio 8) 8) 8)

well done
Before you say anything..... no i cant spell or type!

The post above is my own personal opinion, it is not meant to upset or cause offence, if it does bugger off.

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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 07 Mar 2006, 16:17

Congratulations Doive i hope it works out ok.
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Postby penski » 07 Mar 2006, 18:31

Well done, dude. Let me know once you're settled and we can grab a jar or two :)

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Postby Miss Icey » 07 Mar 2006, 20:28

Congrats Doive!

Can I have some luck now please?! :lol:
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Postby Doive » 07 Mar 2006, 20:45

There are very few jobs in this country, even fewer companies are willing to go through the hassle of training graduates so I've found. The only reason I've managed to get one is because I've gone for a relatively small market area which is expanding fast. The communications boom of the late 90's is over, my uni was attempting to train my whole year in comms, but I wanted to be a power engineer since I was about 13 so a few of us rebelled and forced them to lay on power modules (it was an Electrical engineering degree after all). Now both of us have jobs doing exactly what we want in specialist areas, while all the rest have had to take whatever came along for them.

If there is something you really want to do, stick at it and get to know the main players in your area. If you are in your final year START LOOKING NOW!! I did it the hard way and didn't bother until I'd graduated. Most companies have their graduate positions for the summer filled by April, so get looking. Best to find a small company who are expanding, because the big companies are always oversubscribed, and their selection processes are an absolute nightmare. Another problem is that there is an oversupply of graduates with 2/3 years experience, whom the companies will select long before a new graduate. It's definitely a buyers market out there, you need to be able to sell yourself and keep your ear to the ground.
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Postby Doive » 07 Mar 2006, 20:59

penski wrote:Well done, dude. Let me know once you're settled and we can grab a jar or two

Will do chief, I'm busy the first few weekends going back and forth to Dundee, but after that I'll give you a shout. Might be able to get that Chevette of yours fixed as well :D
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Postby Fran » 07 Mar 2006, 22:28

Hey your a lucky fella aren't yah! I'm into renewable energy too did my diss on sustainable energy/design and all my product design is eco, done loadsa courses at CAT in Wales, Gonna do the MA they do there soon and try to get a job like yours. Other than that plannin to buy a run down croft on the Western Isles and teach if poss up there. When I do get one its gonna be entirely self sufficient, make wind turbines out of alternators and the like! :D
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Postby Doive » 07 Mar 2006, 22:36

Fran wrote:make wind turbines out of alternators and the like!

Is everyone stealing my ideas around here now?! :lol:

I already have my beady eye on buying a static caravan for the near future, building a turbine of some sort and having a set of decent capacity batteries on a constant charge from the turbine. Of course you would need to have a rectifier of good quality to hold your voltage in and around 240V rms, and reasonably close to 50Hz as the voltage varies with wind speed and load conditions.

The problem with using an alternator is that an engine has the ability to drive an alternator pulley much faster than engine speed by means of torque produced at the crank pulley. An engine runs at 3000rpm - a turbine doesn't! So you need to find a way to either speed up the turbine, or increase the apparent speed of the turbine. Stick a massive pulley on the turbine I suppose. My ideas are just theoretical, but I'm looking forward to putting them into practice.

I'm not telling you my ideas for a low energy shower then :D
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Postby Fran » 07 Mar 2006, 22:46

Ha Ha, stealing ideas indeed! I've got an idea for a low energy shower: just get naked when its raining! Theres not gonna be anyone around where I'm plannin on going so that should work for me :lol: Your so technical! I just like to play and see what works best? :wink:
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Postby Doive » 07 Mar 2006, 22:59

The problem is that any renewable power system you design can produce 50kW of power, but then you have to be able to feed that to all your devices. Typically an alternator will produce a voltage between 10V and 30V (very roughly - I'm not exact about those figures), then the regulator takes this down to about 14V. This can charge a battery or a bank of batteries, but then the problem is feeding that to a TV which is fairly frequency sensitive. If you bung 250V @ 56Hz into a TV, it just won't want to know and will probably get damaged, hence the very tight controls on the mains supply. Things like lights aren't too fussy, although new energy saving bulbs prefer a close regulated frequency.

Anyways. Just me being fussy.
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Postby Fran » 07 Mar 2006, 23:10

Your not being fussy, That bit is the most fun, building, planning, and managing the power input and output is a challenge.
Its just so variable anyway, thats the appeal for me, you would have to run all the power options to get by. But to get away from all this supply on demand lifestyle where we become lazy and overly sensitive to the natural elements is my aim. I want to be outside and live with my surroundings more. In this city you just move from one brick box to another, in a steel box on wheels. I'm only happy on my bike when you can feel the elements so much more. I'm not refering to my kadett by the way, nothing box like about um :lol:
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Postby Doive » 07 Mar 2006, 23:32

I hate big cities too, which is why my new home will be here -

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Essentially, drive until the road runs out. Then drive a little further. Right slap bang in the middle of Slaley forest, no phone lines, no broadband (that's a toughie), nearest major settlement is Hexham about 7 miles away. Looking forward to getting the astrophotography going out there :D
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Postby Fran » 07 Mar 2006, 23:45

<img src="http://www.skye-property-centre.co.uk/images/properties/pi49-front-view-of-property-main.jpg">

<img src="http://www.skye-property-centre.co.uk/images/properties/pi49-view-towards-skye-from-road.jpg">

This is the sort of thing I'm after, nothing for miles, a job came up local so was ready to sell up here and go, but I'll have to learn gaelic first! at least being irish descent and very celtic looking will help! :D
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Postby Doive » 07 Mar 2006, 23:51

Irish heritage? Where do you hail from? The western Isles would be a fairly ideal place for me, I've always dreamt of getting a little cottage up on North Uist or Lewis somewhere, miles from anywhere, and have my own shed full of old cars. Excellent.
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Postby Fran » 07 Mar 2006, 23:58

Now whos stealing all MY ideas! :wink: That one is on Raasay, a short distance from a beach but in the middle of nowt, just wilderness and rugged hills, Bliss! My roots are in Co Cavan, you know the type, dark wild curly hair, dark eyes, stereotypical farmers wife. I'll have chickens again when I get a place, maybe a goat too, for when I run out of milk for a brew.....Oh and a big shed full of old cars and bikes. :D
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Postby Doive » 08 Mar 2006, 00:03

Fran wrote:I'll have chickens again

This isn't funny!! :lol:

I've always wanted to keep chickens, in a little croft, somewhere remote with a shed full of cars, totally self sufficient with renewable energy etc etc. Plus I'm Irish. Anything else we have in common?
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Postby Fran » 08 Mar 2006, 00:10

Ha Ha, it is funny, but nice to find a kindered spirit. Well now then thats a big question, I think we will have to find out how many things we have in common over time, maybe by the time I've finished my kadett the list will be complete? 1. Irish, 2. Chickens, 3. Croft/nowhere, 4. Photography, 5. Big Shed. 6. Turbines/Alternators.............ha ha ha. I like rock/indie music what about you?
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Postby Doive » 08 Mar 2006, 00:18

I'm a Radio 2 listener myself, so anything 60s/70s/80s really. Some of the modern stuff is good too, Divine Comedy, Stereophonics, KT Tunstall, but also go for bands like Chas & Dave, and Slade. A bit of everything really.

Above and beyond your list, I suppose the things that define me are: fireworks/pyrotechnics, gerbils/rodents (we already established that one), fine scottish single malt, real ales....

Sorry to interrupt, but I just heard a superb quote on Mark Radcliffe Radio 2 - 'I'm so hungry I could eat the crotch off a low flying duck' :lol: :lol:
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Postby Doive » 08 Mar 2006, 00:26

My favourite place in the British Isles - Out Stack, the most Northerly point of the UK, and probably the most remote

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It's literally a column of rock sticking out of the sea. The closest sign of civilisation is an automated lighthouse on Muckle Flugga, which was manned right up until the 80s. Sounds like a good job to me.

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Postby Fran » 08 Mar 2006, 00:31

I like allsorts too, from Led Zep to Arctic Monkeys, I don't just like rock/indie stuff though, like lots of folk type groups aswell, (must be the irish roots that) plus classic and even some modern stuff. I'm not a radio listenter though hear enough chatter in a day as it is! I'm teetotal but do like good food, wouldn't go for duck crotch mind :lol: I'm into hill climbing/walking and camping, got a campervan which is fun. Oh yeah my main bliss is DIY, brickin n cementin etc etc. Gonna do a self build one day.

Wow I like the look of that one! Surely you couldn't live on it though?
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Postby Doive » 08 Mar 2006, 00:43

Nah, you couldn't live on Out Stack, but my uni mates often slagged that I should. I'm fond of a bit of hill walking myself, had planned last summer to do a whole load of the Munros in Scotland, followed by the Corbetts, but as with most things I never got round to it. In the fullness of time I will do them, I ned to get fitter first, hopefully my new location will offer lots of wonderful country walks which I can take myself on.
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