Formation of competences to realize the potential of offshore wind power in the European Union
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2012

The electricity sector has to undergo a large-scale transformation process to reduce the threat of climate change. Wind power has a strategic role to play in this process. This paper makes a preliminary assessment of the types and numbers of engineers required to sustain a large-scale expansion of offshore wind energy in the EU and draws lessons for universities. A variety of competences are required, including (a) deep competences in many fields (electrical and mechanical engineering, but also engineering physics and civil engineering); (b) integrative competences within engineering (e.g., mechanical and electrical engineering) and between engineering and non-engineering fields (e.g., meteorology and logistics). A large number of engineers are required. A rough estimate indicates a need for more than 10 000 new engineers until 2020. The nature and volume of the competences required raise serious questions for the scale and organization of training programmes at universities.


Transformation of the energy sector

Offshore wind power


Staffan Jacobsson

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Environmental Systems Analysis

Kersti Karltorp

Chalmers, Energi och miljö, Environmental Systems Analysis

Energy Policy

0301-4215 (ISSN)

Vol. 44 374-384


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