Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond and from the comfort of your own home
Degree: Master's degree
Which team will you become part of?
At Lightyear, our Engineering Team is divided into different domains which vary from Aerodynamics up to Software and everything in between. Essentially, we have all the expertises in-house to build Lightyear One. While you become part of the Solar Domain, you’ll be surrounded by engineers coming from different backgrounds. Some of them were part of a student team (such as Solar Teams, Formula Student), some come from the automotive industry and some are equipped with a solid high-tech background.
The Solar team at Lightyear is responsible for the solar system in the Lightyear cars. They design the product, test and validate the concepts, produce prototypes and develop the manufacturing process. They also run simulations of optical/thermal/electrical aspects. Their expertise ranges from solar cell technology to PV module process technology and characterization of photovoltaic materials. Cutting edge technology that they are working on is designing, engineering and manufacturing the solar photovoltaic module for the Lightyear cars.
During this internship, you will support the broad Solar team at Lightyear. Most activities will be done within the Solar Research and Development (R&D) group, but may also interact with other members of the solar team working on areas such as power electronics.
Your personal mission
Unlike mainstream solar installations, vehicle-integrated photovoltaic systems (VIPV) are exposed to a wide range of operating conditions (e.g., different climates, soiling and partial shading scenarios). As such, they require resilient electrical systems that can keep their performance within an optimum range. As part of this internship, you will be given the opportunity to work on the development of Lightyear’s electrical model and its application on the design of VIPV systems. The latter includes refining of existing models (e.g. enabling flexible connections of individual solar cells and solar arrays) as well as optimization of future electrical systems; maximizing their performance in events such as partial shading, and minimizing system cost.
Requirements in order to achieve your personal mission
Be aware, being an intern at Lightyear isn’t just an internship. You’ll be approached as an actual engineer and that requires some skills and being able to take responsibility. Especially given the fact that you’ll join a scale-up where little is set in stone. Therefore, it’s key that you can relate to the following things:
What do we offer
In addition to a challenging graduation internship you also have the opportunity to work for a company with a real, honest and ambitious mission. In this way you have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the future of mobility! Next to this, we also offer:
Are you up for the challenge? Then hit apply now! (please make sure to have your CV and preliminary list of grades ready in PDF)