Green ICT & Green Building Technology
These might include energy efficient microprocessors, efficient batteries, controllers and sensors for ‘smart’ products, energy efficient servers and PCs, smart grids and solar cells.
As systems become more complex and intelligent, graduates will be required to work on projects combining the technologies of ICT, biotechnology, nanotechnology and the cognitive sciences.
A recent Forfás report on skills shortages in this area highlighted the need for graduates with specialist expertise in business analysis, engineering (particularly electrical, electronic, design, manufacturing and mechanical), mathematics and statistics.
Graduates will also find roles in designing, manufacturing, using, and the sustainable disposal of computers, servers, monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems. Graduate skills are required in the continual drive to make computers as energy efficient as possible, and designing algorithms and systems for efficiency related computer technologies. Many IT departments have green computing initiatives focused on reducing the environmental impact of their IT operations.