Plugging the skills gap within the green energy sector

The global battery sector has doubled in size over the past five years. Rising demand for cleaner transport and power in line with global net zero targets is accelerating this growth and the market is expected to triple in size by 2025, according to S&P Global.

Renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, and natural gas are of ever-increasing interest. But as we look ahead to a world that is increasingly electrified, one issue looms large: the lack of highly skilled talent capable of delivering such a transition.

With demand for talent outpacing supply, new research from the EU’s European Battery Alliance planning group highlights that the battery industry needs 800,000 additional workers by 2025.

The challenge is global and could particularly affect the top countries with the highest installed capacity forecast. This is namely China, the US, Taiwan as well as areas in Western Europe where gigafactories are increasingly being installed. If not solved, the shortage of skilled workers will slow the pace of innovation which in turn presents a risk to global progress towards net zero and a greener future...

Featured in the Batteries and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) magazine, Granger Reis Partner’s Ben Hewlett (Infrastructure) and Andrew Kingston (Industrial Technologies) talk to Chris Biederman (Chief Technology Officer at Li-Cycle) and Adrian Shooter (Chairman at Vivarail) to identify some of the necessary changes needed to help plug the clean energy skills gap.

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