The demand for sustainable energy sources is growing exponentially around the globe.
International conflicts, climate change, water scarcity and increasing public awareness are just some of the issues shifting the narrative on energy, and driving a worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources.
As the global energy revolution gathers momentum, another challenge has appeared. Balancing supply with demand on the grid with wind, solar or tidal is contingent on being able to somehow address intermittency issues and store this energy for distributed use.
Storage is fast becoming the defining issue in sustainable energy. And advances in this pivotal field are set to drive an unprecedented boom – and a worldwide demand for as yet unavailable talent.
In Europe alone, battery technology represents a EUR 255 billion opportunity. To service this opportunity, the European Battery Alliance estimates that more than 100 000 new jobs will need to be created every year from 2020. The demand for professionals with the advanced engineering skills and management competences to fill these jobs, experts, is set to become acute.
EIT InnoEnergy new Master degree for it's sustainable energy learning portfolio
The Master in Energy Storage, which launches in September 2019, aims to equip students with a raft of technical competences that covers the full spectrum of storage technologies from battery to thermal, magnetic and electromagnetic, pumped hydropower, synthetic and biofuels. In tandem to this, the programme is designed to accelerate business management, entrepreneurial and digitalisation skills – and what its designers call 'an innovation mindset.'
'This is an industry in transformation. Energy storage is a transversal challenge. It touches every discipline, every technology, every field in the renewable value chain and it sits at the very core of energy transition paradigm, of industry 4.0 and worldwide sustainability. And the professionals that we need to drive all of this are just not there yet. So young people graduating from this Master’s will be positioned right at the forefront of a new revolution – in the fastest growing, most innovative and industry-critical markets in sustainable energy.' said Frank Gielen, Education Director at EIT InnoEnergy.
As with other Master’s programmes in the EIT InnoEnergy portfolio, the Master in Energy Storage will be delivered over two years by a number of leading-edge European universities with input from some of the continent’s foremost business schools. Students will also have access to industry practitioners for project and field work and will be exposed to case-based learning opportunities.
Universities delivering the programme are:
- Instituto Tecnico Superior, Lisbon, Portugal
- Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
- Tu/e Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
EIT InnoEnergy expects demand for the new Master’s in Energy Storage to be high as students understand the personal and professional benefits and advantages of the programme, along with the potential for global impact in the market.
Are you ready to step up the challenge and launch a world-class career at the forefront of energy storage? Apply to MSc Energy Storage before 10 June 2019 to build the new-generation knowledge, skills and mindset to leverage a world of opportunities!