Online Survey on “Future Battery Skills Needs“

The global battery demand will dramatically increase in the next 10 years and beyond. In Europe, the demand will increase from currently 30 – 50 GWh to 150 – 300 GWh in 2025, and 400 v 800 GWh around 2030. In contrast, meanwhile almost 800 GWh battery cell production capacities have been announced in Europe until 2030+ (400 – 500 GWh until around 2025). The installations will be covered by both, Asian but also European cell manufacturers and should close the gap along an European Battery Value Chain.

A skilled workforce along the entire Battery Value Chain will be decisive for European companies in order to be competitive and sustainable. According to a number of estimations, the job market impact per GWh battery production is expected to be at least 90 direct jobs and over 300 indirect jobs along the Battery Value Chain. Thus, several hundreds of thousands of people with knowledge and skills on different aspects related to batteries will be needed in the next 5 – 10 years and beyond.

It is hence urgently needed to understand the demand for workforce and qualifications arising in Europe along the value chain.

Fraunhofer ISI in cooperation with Fraunhofer Battery Alliance and the Fraunhofer Academy would like to invite European experts working along the battery value chain to participate in an online survey on “future battery skills needs“. The focus groups are experts from industry (from equippment, material, component supplier to cell production, battery integration and recycling) to assess the needs for action in private companies. However, also the offer and education of skilled personnel from public organisations (Universities, RTOs, etc.) is of interest in order to derive a gap analysis.

The survey for experts from industry will take 20 – 30 minutes. The survey for experts from public organisations will take 10 – 15 minutes.

The results of this survey will be made available to Batteries Europe (being coordinated by EIT InnoEnergy), the "Task Force on Education & Skills" and further multipliers which support the dissemination of the survey. A publication of the results is planned until March 2021 and will be available on this website.