Internship | Optimal scheduling strategy for fleet of electric vehicles
About this position
The introduction of battery-electric vehicles for transportation has enabled numerous advantages in reduction of harmful emissions, noise reduction, fewer mechanical components in the powertrain, among others. However, challenges also arise due to the technology being relatively new. We consider some of the challenges related to charging a complete fleet of electric vehicles. Such an activity requires the scheduling of resources (vehicles and chargers), with real-life constraints (such as number of chargers, availability in the grid power, etc) and a particular goal to achieve (e.g., guarantee vehicle availability, reduce energy consumption, etc).
What will be your role?
The objective of this assignment is to extend an already-implemented fleet charging strategy by improving on the existing models and assumptions. Your concrete tasks are as follows:
- (quick) Literature review about fleet level charging algorithms.
- Familiarization with already-implemented algorithm.
- Design and application of new strategies.
- Algorithm comparison against baseline version.
Note that this assignment corresponds to an internship (durations of a 2-3 months). However, by adding a research component it can be extended to a master thesis or an internship with master thesis.
What we expect from you
- You have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, for example automotive engineering, systems and control, electrical engineering.
- You are coursing a master in a relevant field, for example automotive engineering, systems and control, electrical engineering.
- Knowledge in Matlab/Simulink.
- You enjoy developing innovative 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.
At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.
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.
Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.
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