Internship | Silent Wind Turbines

At our department we do not only aim to make wind energy a reliable and cost effective source of renewable energy we also aim to make it a source which is accepted by the public.



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

In this project, you will investigate the noise of wind turbines. Thereto you will use a wind turbine noise code developed by TNO. Calculations with this code will be brought into an international Benchmark and compared with results from other codes and possibly measurements.

The internship consists of the following tasks:
1. A literature survey on wind turbine noise and wind turbine noise models
2. Perform calculations for the international Benchmark with the wind turbine noise code of TNO
3. Together with TNO researchers, evaluate the results from the calculations and understand differences with results from other models and measurements. 
4. Communicate results with the participants in the Benchmark
5. Report and present findings

What do we require of you?

We are looking for MSc students in technology (e.g. aerospace technology, or sustainable energy technology), with the following characteristics: 
- Enthusiasm for research and technology development.
- Interest in wind energy and wind turbine noise.
- Technical knowledge of wind turbines and acoustics.
- Independent working attitude 
- Knowledge of Fortran and Matlab or willingness to learn this.
- Good knowledge of the English language
- Available to work at least 32 hours for a period of 6 to 9 months

What can you expect of your work situation?

You want to work on the precursor of your career, where an internship provides you with the opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further because 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 exceed yourself and your expectations. We also provide suitable compensation for internships.

What can TNO offer you?

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. 

Your work will be carried out in our Wind Energy department. Due to the Corona situation you will most likely work from home, remotely supervised by one or two Wind Energy experts.
When the Corona situation improves you may work from Petten and/or Delft. The Wind Energy department houses approximately 60 enthusiastic, academic professionals who have in-depth knowledge of wind energy technology. 
Your activities are connected to an international project from the International Energy Agency IEA This projects has a research orientation connected to the societal and industrial aspect of how to make wind turbines socially accepted.

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: Gerard Schepers
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 62769

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


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Dr Gerard Schepers

  • Wind Energy Technology

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