I'm thinking of doing a major career change, and I'm interested in up-and-coming environmental technologies. I'm having a hard time separating the facts from the hype. Help me figure out what the next great field of green technology is!
As part of my obligatory mid-20's mini-life-crisis, I've decided that I want to pursue making the world a better place. I've got a soft spot for environmental issues, and thinking about how much of an impact clean energy could have has got me excited to pursue it. The problem is that there's so much information out there about 'green' technologies, and not all of it is accurate. Most of my internet searching finds nothing but greenwashing.
I'm not as interested in "let's take things and make them better"; I'm looking for something more like "let's create a new technology that fundamentally changes things". My Bachelor's degree is in software, but I'm not afraid to go back to school to learn something else. I'm targeting research or bleeding-edge technology; I'm not looking to learn to install solar panels or convert engines to cooking oil, for example.
So, MeFites with knowledge of these things, what's the next big thing? Is Thorium energy
a legitimate thing? Fuel cells
? Hydrogen cars
? Tidal power
? Which companies are doing research aimed at clean energy? How do I find them, contact them, ask what they need, and get myself in a position to help? Is it more likely to find something big at a large well-funded company or a starry-eyed startup?
All information is much appreciated, thanks!