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Energy players 'positive' about sustainable tech adoption by industrial sector

Research carried out by EIT InnoEnergy also found that customer readiness for new technology and access to partnering organisations for R&D areas requires more action.


Three quarters of energy players are positive about the adoption of sustainable energy technology by the industrial sector in the next 12-18 months, despite the impact of Covid-19, new research finds.


Meanwhile, 78 per cent of respondents to energy accelerator EIT InnoEnergy’s study cited funding and investment as core to their innovation goals, emphasising the importance of the EU GreenDeal.


Degree of consensus


Responses from 200 energy companies and innovators in Europe show a high degree of consensus across the industry, from corporates to SMEs, entrepreneurs and also across countries.


Participants agree that the outlook is bright, and they’ve also collectively identified key areas of focus to ensure this remains the case. In addition, the research highlighted customer readiness for new technology (49 per cent) and access to partnering organisations for R&D (37 per cent) as areas requiring more action.


“It is reassuring to know that industry is positive about the future adoption of sustainable energy technology. EIT InnoEnergy’s goal is to accelerate the energy transition, but more discussion needs to be had about how we accelerate sustainability,” said Diego Pavia, CEO at EIT InnoEnergy.


“With the EU’s GreenDeal in place, what will the future hold and how do we shorten the path to get there?”


He continued: “That is why we have launched TBB.Connect, a dynamic meeting place where energy players can network, broker deals and access a marketplace for groundbreaking technologies. It is crucial that industry, innovators, educators and everyone in between comes together to create a clear road ahead.”


The survey also saw energy storage (58 per cent), energy efficiency (46 per cent) and renewable energies (45 per cent) as the top skill requirements for prospective employers. Forty-five per cent of respondents were neutral around difficulties of finding talent, with 36 per cent stating they found it difficult to find talent with right skills.

“It is crucial that industry, innovators, educators and everyone in between comes together to create a clear road ahead”

The research is released as EIT InnoEnergy announced its first virtual edition of the business booster event, TBB.Connect. It will take place 4-5 November 2020, to give participants in the energy sector across the globe the chance to connect, discuss and create new sustainable business opportunities.


Speakers include: Emmanuel Lagarrigue executive vice president and chief innovation officer, Schneider Electric; Giles Dickson, CEO, WindEurope; and Michael Webber, chief science and technology Officer, Engie.


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