Ïnternship | Smart home charging system

Are you interested in contributing to a more sustainable future by show-casing a smart EV charging platform that maximizes the use of local (solar) energy and minimizes human interaction to achieve this?



Education type


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

Recently (in the Hi-Perform EU project) TNO Powertrains developed a Charger in the Loop (CiL) setup which allows DC (fast) chargers of electric vehicles to be tested under different conditions (e.g. different vehicles, charging requirements, etc.). In an earlier EU project (COTEVOS) the TNO MC&S department developed a virtual environment in which (amongst others) the effects of “smart” charging on the loads of electricity grids can be assessed. TNO Powertrains contributed to this setup by coupling AC chargers to this environment and by testing the transient behaviour of the in-vehicle chargers of some electric vehicle brands. A practical and working “smart” setup focussing on optimizing the energy flows within a single household was however never made. Such environment is however expected to be a very motivating carrier for further developments in self-learning techniques and for gaining insights in practical constraints around smart charging and (in a later stage) vehicle-to-grid services. You will be responsible for (1) determining the hardware and software requirements for the demonstrator. A first exploration revealed that a setup can (potentially) be made from of-the-shelf components, consisting of an IEC 61851 EVSE controller (e.g. Smart EVSE v2.2 controller ( a (remote) reader for the P1 port of a Smart Meter (P1 Energy Hub - Arduino Project Hub), combined with an interface (GUI) in which the driver may enter the current range of the EV and the range requirements for future trips. You will also be responsible for (2) designing, implementing, integrating and testing (parts of) the software for the “smart household energy controller”. We presume that the software for the charging process itself can likely be used from open source communities, making it possible for you to focus on developing the smart energy management software (say: the “intelligence” for the envisioned system. Depending on your preferences, this assignment can be further adopted to (3) also comprise the definition of a hardware and/or software architecture facilitating future enhancements, such as integration of other smart devices (such as heat-pumps, boilers, etc.).
There are already some concrete ideas on which use-cases the envisioned system may implement, but TNO would also appreciate your ideas and ambitions in this. Last but not least we expect you to (4) also disseminate your idea(s) in a presentation and a report.

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

  • You are in the second or third year of a HBO in a relevant field, for example automotive engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science.
  • You are familiar with programming embedded systems.
  • You enjoy developing practical solutions to technically challenging problems and have the right mix of intellectual curiosity and pragmatism.

What you’ll get in return

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.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about 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: Robert Koffrie
Phone number: +31 (0)88 86 61196

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


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Robert Koffrie MSc

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