Graduation Internship - Solar Engineering | Electrical modeling of vehicle-integrated solar systems

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Graduation internship - Solar Engineering | Electrical modeling of vehicle-integrated solar systems

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Want to play your part in the future of clean mobility?
Are you currently pursuing a Master's degree in engineering, preferably electrical engineering? Do you have a passion for solar cell technology and would you love to work on our real-world systems? Then have a look!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond and from the comfort of your own home
Domain: Solar
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:

  • You’ve proven that you’re strong both theoretically and pragmatic. For instance, you’ve been part of a student team, did other extracurricular activities, worked in a start-up, you did an outstanding internship or you do sports at a semi-professional level. At Lightyear, we highly value this.
  • You have an engineering background, preferably in electrical engineering.
  • You would like to start your graduation project somewhere between July - September 2022 (with a duration of 6 months).
  • You have knowledge of photovoltaic technology, electrical circuits and power electronics.
  • You have knowledge of Simulink and/or LTSpice.
  • You have knowledge of Matlab.
  • You are proactive: when planning activities, collaborating with team members, sharing impressions, etc.
  • You are curious and have a creative approach to work.
  • You strongly identify yourself with our bigger mission: clean mobility for everyone.

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:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence during your internship.
  • A multidisciplinary team of highly motivated and talented people you can learn from.
  • A certain internship allowance depending on your educational level and type of internship.
  • Monthly meet ups with other interns to have snacks and drinks while meeting other like minded individuals.
  • Monthly engineering peer learning sessions where you learn from other interns on what they do and how they solved it.
  • In addition to a dynamic work environment, there is time for relaxation during our  Friday afternoon drinks!

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)