Internship | Molten Metal Technology for Hydrogen Economy



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

Hydrogen (H2) economy can bring the radical step for realizing the energy transition towards a low carbon future. H2 is currently used in petrochemical refining, polymerization and fertilizer production. In future, H2 can be potentially used for many new applications such as energy supply in industrial and residential areas, transportation, combustion gas and chemical production. However, the current method of the production of H2 is one of the major sources of carbon emissions in the industry. In future, H2 is expected to be produced either by a route with simultaneous capture of produced CO2 (blue H2) or by a route with elimination of the produced CO2 (green H2). Eventually, supporting a parallel economy on its own, the H2 economy. At TNO, we are investigating the use of molten metals for the production of green and blue H2.

Your challenge will be to experimentally test this novel technology, scale up and design of a conceptual process and perform a techno-economic comparison with existing technologies. The existing technologies will include steam methane reforming, plasma pyrolysis of methane and water splitting. The overall result of your project will contribute towards the identification of valorization opportunities of blue and green H2 in the low carbon future of the process industry in the Netherlands.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

  • Background in chemical or process engineering.
  • Interest in experimental validation, conceptual process design and techno-economic comparison.
  • The ideal duration of the project is 9 months, but there are possibilities for shorter (3 to 6 months) projects as well.

What you’ll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship 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 internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation.

TNO as an employer

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With approximately 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. 

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 working across boundaries between different sectors of energy, process engineering, environmental science and economics. 

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

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

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.

Contact: Rajat Bhardwaj
Phone number: [email protected]

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


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