Internship | Novel Sea Water Electrolysis: Concept, Reactor Construction and Proof of Concept
Education typesenior secondary vocational education (mbo)
TypeInternship and graduation project
Hours a weekFulltime – 40
What will be your role?
Water electrolysis is the greenest method to achieve high quality hydrogen production if sustainable electricity is utilized. Proposed novel reactor design could enable low grade/sea water electrolysis as a direct feed without pre-conditioning (desalinisation). This would provide an innovative, durable and sustainable solution to produce H2 from renewable energy sources. Additionally, the novel concept is general and can become a platform technology applicable to other power to chemicals production processes. Examples include electrochemical conversion of CO2 to fuels (e.g. ethylene, ethanol, etc.).
Pure-water feeds may become a bottleneck if hydrogen electrolyzer technology is aimed to be deployed in hot arid regions around the world that have limited access to freshwater yet plenty of access to ocean seawater. Coastal arid zones with ample potential for photovolatic and wind-power based electricity are therefore prime candidates for direct low grade/sea water electrolysis. Examples esp. include off-shore coastal areas in Southern Europe, Arabian Peninsula, Australia, etc, for large-scale hydrogen production where simplification in engineering by eliminating water purification systems would have a great impact on the economic viability of such installations.
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
- Understanding seawater electrocatalysis limitations and fine-tuning the novel reactor for highest efficiency of electrocatalyst operation, among others.
- What are the key performance indicators (kpi) corresponding to optimal operation of the reactor?
- How can the stability of the system be improved?
What you’ll get in return
TNO as an employer
The selection process
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
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.
Has this job opening sparked your interest?
Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.
Contact: Paige Shirvanian
Phone number: +31629099983