EIT InnoEnergy signs three-year US$1.29m deal to support New Energy New York (NENY) in developing the energy storage workforce.
EIT InnoEnergy, the innovation engine for sustainable energy, today announces its US$1.29m three-year deal to support New Energy New York (NENY) to upskill the battery manufacturing and supply chain workforce in Upstate New York.
With the North American electric vehicle battery market set to reach US$23bn in value by 2027, NENY, an initiative led by Binghamton University, State University of New York, comprising a coalition of academic, non-profit, and government organizations in collaboration with industry, aims at growing a competitive battery development and manufacturing ecosystem in Upstate New York including a well-trained workforce. With the partnership, New Energy New York will utilize EIT InnoEnergy’s learning services platform, the European Battery Alliance Academy (EBA Academy), which is aimed at training current and prospective members of the battery workforce and includes curriculum, train-the-trainer services, a learning management system, and insights into delivery methods.
The agreement will also include access to two of the EBA Academy’s flagship programs for battery technicians and for battery storage experts, respectively. The program for battery technicians will deliver 80 hours of learning, both online classes and in-person training. It will focus on up-skilling manual labor factory professionals working across the battery value-chain. The Battery Storage Expert Program has 92 hours of online learning for battery engineers and decision-makers.
“The value in any breakthrough in battery technology is in its scalability. By connecting and training the right people, we help plug skills gaps, fill market niches, and maximize the potential of every student, worker and entrepreneur we support. We create new commercially attractive solutions to empower a sustainable energy future. That is why I am so excited by the potential of our new partnership with NENY as we expand our US footprint.
EIT InnoEnergy landed in the US in 2020, since then we have helped startups, investors and industries to move across boundaries, expanding our ecosystem between the EU and US making both economies grow.
We are expanding the academy to support EV and Energy Storage Industries in EU and US, this is our third agreement in the US, and we are glad to contribute to develop and grow the industries helping them upskill and reskill the workforce in the state of New York.”
“I am pleased to announce this agreement and partnership with EIT InnoEnergy. The EBA Academy platform will provide an excellent boost to upskilling local members of the battery manufacturing workforce, realizing our ambition to grow a competitive battery development and manufacturing ecosystem for the future.”
Longer-term, EIT InnoEnergy hopes to replicate this model to deliver similar partnerships with other state universities and colleges in the US, working alongside employers, SMEs and other firms working throughout the battery value chain.