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Net zero and new career opportunities - Renewable Parts

Published 29/09/2021 by Net Zero Heroes 2 min read

Renewable Parts

Gabriel McKeown is a 25 year old University of Strathclyde product design engineering graduate. He is working with innovative business Renewable Parts which is working to green the supply chain of wind turbine operators. He's based at the business' Innovation Centre in Lochgilphead and their base in Renfrew.



What is your role, and how does that relate to the net zero journey?

My job title is sustainable technology design engineer assistant. I investigate failed wind turbine components and as part of a team I aim to develop remanufacturing solutions to return those failed parts to service with as little as possible ending up in scrap – in line with Renewable Parts’ circular economy ethos. Not only does my role help prevent products being scrapped, but it also avoids the need to manufacture a completely new product. This cuts out the energy, waste and effort spent in mining, processing, machining, finishing, and transporting.

How do you feel about the benefits of the work you're involved in? 

I feel proud to be doing the work that I do. I feel safe in the knowledge that I, and my colleagues at Renewable Parts, are making a significant impact in making the renewables industry in Scotland more sustainable. The job has opened my eyes to the idea of the after-life market within renewables that is often unseen to most - myself included prior to starting my new role. It has instilled a sustainable mindset that I will carry with me throughout my career. 

What net zero skills have you developed? 

I'm gaining a detailed knowledge of industrial machinery – and wind turbines specifically. Also, improved knowledge of manufacturing capabilities and techniques available in Scotland and further afield. And, working in what is a new field, leads to improved innovative thinking – in my case specifically how to avoid scrapping literally tonnes of machined metal. Net zero certainly offers opportunities for my future, and for many others.

See our #netzeroheroes Renewable Parts feature

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