Internship | Energy Transition for Petrochemical-Process Industry



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

More than 60% of the petrochemical sites in North West Europe are at the risk of closure due to competition from bigger refineries elsewhere and their dilemma to expand using fossil based technologies. This uncertainty puts at risks the future of the petrochemical industry in the Netherlands which has an annual turnover of 53 billion euro (VNCI, 2012). The different technological pathways to reduce the fossil dependence includes use of renewable electricity, capture and utilization of CO2, H2 economy, bio-based conversion, circularity and enhanced process efficiency. Lowering of environmental impact should be reached while maximization the use of current assets and considering the fluctuations in the business, market and political scenarios. In such competing circumstances, it is complex to make a definite choice of technology and scenarios to reach a desired level of environmental impact. At TNO, we have developed a tool for comparison of competing technologies and scenarios to assist the industry in making the right choices for future.

Your challenge will be to develop this tool further and build, test and compare different techno-economic scenarios with market dynamics. And to determine the conditions for successful implementation of these technologies (and combinations thereof) for reaching the desired reduction of the environmental impact.

What do we require of you?

  • Background in computer programming is essential. Basics of chemical engineering would be useful.
  • Interest in technologies, scenarios and market dynamics.
  • The ideal duration of the project is 9 months, smaller projects of 3 to 6 months are also possible.

What can you expect of your work situation?

You will be working in Sustainable Process and Energy Department, which focuses on energy storage, gas treatment, process development for bio-based chemistry and electrochemistry. Your project will involve consulting across boundaries between different sectors of energy, process engineering, information-technology and economics. For more info visit:

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Rajat Bhardwaj
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 63654

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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