Vacancy: Internship/Thesis Artificial Intelligence & Energy Transition
New Energy Coalition is a continuously growing network of knowledge institutions, companies, government bodies and ngo’s working together on the energy transition for a sustainable future. We connect knowledge, market and policy. New Energy Coalition is rooted in the Northern Netherlands region, where historically a wealth of energy knowledge has been concentrated, and the region has a well-established energy infrastructure. From this position, the coalition works on energy innovations, research and education. The region is a testing ground, with (inter)national scope.
We are located in the Energy Academy Europe-building at Zernike Campus Groningen. Approximately 60 employees work in various teams and projects. More information: www.newenergycoalition.org .
In our Research & Innovation team we have an opening for
Internship / Thesis
Artificial Intelligence & Energy Transition (3 – 6 months, negotiable)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing our lives and the way we work. AI becomes more important in our fight against climate change and the movement towards a future sustainable energy system. New Energy Coalition analyses, how AI can be used in our activities.
Previous research in the field has led to a position paper from the Dutch AI Coalition. Example topics are: demand prediction of energy communities, maintenance forecasting for renewable energy technologies, and network congestion prediction on DSO level to improve business models for storage technology. More inspiration can be found in the paper of Jin et al. (2020).
Under the supervision of our Project Manager, you will explore the current state of research concerning AI in the energy sector. Your task is to find out how the most promising research areas can be combined with our projects and how the application of AI could improve them. The overall goal is to get an overview of the topic AI & Energy in Groningen, the Northern Netherlands, and Europe. This overview should help us to improve our projects and find new promising opportunities for application of artificial intelligence. Some possible questions you would be dealing with are:
. What is the current state-of-the-art research concerning AI in the energy transition and what is the
. How can AI be integrated in the activities of New Energy Coalition?
. What is the potential of AI in energy system integration?
. What could be promising project opportunities for New Energy Coalition with regards to the role of
AI in the energy transition?
Furthermore you will be involved in other project activities, to be discussed with your supervisor.
As an intern at New Energy Coalition, you will be working in an interdisciplinary team on a (European) Research & Innovation project, focusing on technical, economic, social, legal, and environmental aspects of the energy transition. You will be assigned a supervisor from New Energy Coalition. He/she helps in combining learning and working and applying the theory in practice. The added value of the work to both the student and New Energy Coalition is central to the thesis/internship supervision. If desired, internal or external experts can be contacted for feedback. Next to your supervisor, you will also be assigned a ‘buddy’ who acts as a sparring partner. You can ask both your buddy and supervisor daily and practical questions.
The most important requirements for an intern are to be motivated, take initiative, show commitment, and take responsibility for your own success and learning process. Therefore, please apply even if your profile doesn’t exactly match.
. Student at a University or University of Applied Sciences
. Affinity with the energy transition
. Interest in the field of artificial intelligence
. English speaking, writing, and listening on full working proficiency (must)
. Dutch-speaking, writing, and listening on academic level (nice to have)
. Background in engineering, business, computer science
. Affinity with working within a team environment
. Strong communicative skills
Terms of employment
. Compensation of €350 per month
. Good alignment between work and thesis research
. Active coaching from your supervisor
. Virtual/physical work space
. Practical work experience with professionals in an interdisciplinary team
. Network opportunities within New Energy Coalition and (European) project partners
. Possible job opportunity after graduation
For more information about (Energy) System Integration and our projects, please contact Philo Tamis or Hein Dieben.
Candidates are asked to submit their CV and cover letter no later than March 31st 2022 to: