Nowadays, Norwegian companies have to import battery knowledge from abroad, and companies with relevant education are quickly accepted by the industry. NHO hopes that Norway has its own expertise as soon as possible.
NTNU student Ingvild Espedal (26) never had anything to do with batteries and electrochemistry during his studies. Only in the last year of product development and production supervisor did she discover the potential that battery technology must provide. This aroused her enthusiasm.
-She told E24, this is just an industrial adventure that I want to participate in.
-The master’s thesis on batteries aroused my interest. Not only because batteries have become so important in the electrification age, but also because more Norwegian start-ups and companies will produce batteries in Norway.
She is currently writing a master’s thesis on estimating the state of charge of lithium-ion batteries in NTNU machine learning. The task will not be completed until the summer, but she has already gotten a job at the battery company Freyr.
The company she will work for is one of several companies currently building a battery factory in Norway (see the situation box).
NTNU energy storage professor Odne Stokke Burheim said that Espedal is not the only one who gets a job offer from Freyr.
In the past year, the company has provided job opportunities for all doctoral and master students writing about battery technology at NTNU.
Teknisk Ukeblad It was also discussed recently that students were hijacked by the battery industry long before graduation.
Burheim estimates that approximately 20% of the labor required for battery factories are engineers. Then, he assumed that the battery industry will need about 2,000 engineers by 2025. In addition, R&D will require all engineers.
He believes that the 150 engineers graduating from NTNU every year have more or less the potential required by the battery industry. This year, about 15 of them have top expertise in batteries.
-Now that NTNU is lagging behind market demand, Burheim admits to using E24.
NTNU is working hard to offer continuing and continuing education courses at the master’s level. It should be able to provide the lack of battery expertise for engineers with other relevant professional backgrounds.
Burheim said that, in particular, there are currently many oil and gas engineers doing well in the battery industry.