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Internship | Post-mortem analysis of Photovoltaic modules

Do you want to make solar cells better by destroying them? Then please join us!

Location

Eindhoven

Education type

university (wo)

Type

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.

Nanoscale Research on Kilometre Scale Solar Panels

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 and good social skills to interact with your team and get the information you need from the most knowledgeable people around you;
  • The duration of this project is minimal six months (preferably more) and in the MSc phase of your study;
  • You need to be affiliated with a university during the internship 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 wellbeing of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3500 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical applications. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies to innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large 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 and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. A team of experts will support you in your work and personal development. We provide suitable work placement compensation.

This PhD position is embedded within the Solliance joint research initiative (www.solliance.eu). You will work at the TNO Solliance facilities in Eindhoven. You will likely collaborate with other Solliance partners, including many companies.

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.

Application process

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 vacancy 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: Mirjam Theelen
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 65688



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

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