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Definition of the Future Skills Needs of Job Profiles in the Renewable Energy Sector

Irene Arcelay (), Aitor Goti (), Aitor Oyarbide-Zubillaga (), Tugce Akyazi (), Elisabete Alberdi () and Pablo Garcia-Bringas ()
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Irene Arcelay: Department of Mechanics, Design and Organization, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain
Aitor Goti: Department of Mechanics, Design and Organization, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain
Aitor Oyarbide-Zubillaga: Department of Mechanics, Design and Organization, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain
Tugce Akyazi: Department of Mechanics, Design and Organization, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain
Elisabete Alberdi: Department of Applied Mathematics, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48013 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain
Pablo Garcia-Bringas: Department of Mechanics, Design and Organization, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

Energies, 2021, vol. 14, issue 9, 1-23

Abstract: The growth of the renewable energy industry is happening at a swift pace pushed, by the emergence of Industry 4.0. Smart technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Twin (DT), etc. enable companies within the sector of renewable energies to drastically improve their operations. In this sectoral context, where upgraded sustainability standards also play a vital role, it is necessary to fulfil the human capital requirements of the imminent technological advances. This article aims to determine the current skills of the renewable energy industry workforce and to predict the upcoming skill requirements linked to a digital transition by creating a unified database that contains both types of skills. This will serve as a tool for renewable energy businesses, education centers, and policymakers to plan the training itinerary necessary to close the skills gap, as part of the sectoral strategy to achieve a competent future workforce.

Keywords: renewable energy; skills; Industry 4.0; jobs; digitalization; future (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q4 Q40 Q41 Q42 Q43 Q47 Q48 Q49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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