Internship | Post-mortem analysis of Photovoltaic modules

Combine different characterisation techniques to investigate the root causes of PV modules failure. Develop your experimental skills and critical thinking



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

The main topic is the characterisation of defects in field-degraded, thin-film PV modules.
Thin-film PV technologies have a great potential for a wide range of applications. However, a better understanding of the defects in those technologies would help improve their bankability, and thus their commercial development, further.

In the project you will be involved with, we develop methods to investigate the defects in thin-film PV modules: their nature, their impact on the module performance and eventually their root cause. This is done by combining various characterisation techniques to work out what caused the defects formation and possibly run specific experiments to recreate these defects in the laboratory and validate our findings.

You will use, among other techniques, electroluminescence, photoluminescence, lock-in thermography (illuminated or dark), scanning electron microscopy, Raman and current-voltage (I-V) measurements.
The work is divided between hands-on experiments and data analysis/interpretation. The ratio between experiments and analysis can be tuned to the candidate’s abilities/preferences.
The research will take place at TNO Solliance on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

What do we require of you?

  • A background in physics, chemistry, material science or electrical engineering
  • Interest in renewable energy
  • High motivation, with a curious nature and a taste for problem-solving
  • Ability to work autonomously within a small team and good social skills to get the information you need from the most knowledgeable people around you
  • The duration of this project should be minimum six months, preferably in the MSc phase of your study
  • You need to be affiliated with a university for eligibility

What can you expect of your work situation?

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 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. 

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: Rémi Aninat
Phone number: +31 (0)6-21382756

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


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