Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Modelling for shaped flexible photovoltaic laminates

About this position

Integrated photovoltaic (PV) applications where solar modules are integrated into vehicle, building and infrastructural elements have been gaining popularity. Such elements require PV laminates of several shapes and sizes, and include non-planar surfaces, such as corrugated rooftiles. In particular for non-planar applications, there are additional challenges not relevant for classical solar panels. Non-uniform irradiance and shading are more likely for the non-planar geometries, and shaping flexile PV laminates can result in significant built-in stresses. Both these effects make performance and lifetime of elements with integrated non-planar PV laminates less predictable. Modelling the behaviour of the laminates can provide more insight.

What will be your role?

In the scope of this internship, a solar module model is aimed to be developed for integrated PV on non-planar surfaces. This developed model will be suitable for estimating built-in stresses, cell-level behaviour as well as energy yield in a given time and location. The project includes the following tasks:

  • Model development;
  • Device and system level simulations;
  • Experimental verification.

This internship will be performed within the Integration and Application (I&A) team at TNO Solar Technologies and Applications (STA). The I&A team works on innovative solutions for application and integration of solar energy, in particular aiming at low-cost and reliable flexible PV laminates.

What we expect from you

You are motivated to work on technological innovations with a direct impact on lowering carbon emission in energy production. You have a strong background in physics and/or mathematics, and preferably some experience in using modelling software. You are also not afraid to do hands-on work in the lab, required for verification of your model.
You are able to work independently, while keeping your colleagues within the team informed about your progress and follow-up steps.

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.

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.