Internship | Improving LCA Software for prospective LCA of PV technologies
About this position
To evaluate the prospective environmental performance of PV technologies, prospective life cycle assessment is applied (LCA). The evaluation of future scenario allows to decide on the most sustainable future. During the internship you will support in improving the evaluations by prospective LCA.
What will be your role?
Different licensed and open source LCA softwares are available to model the life cycle and assess the impacts of diverse products. Even when based in the same inventory databases, using different soft-ware can lead to differences in results due to differences in implementation and coupling of diverse flows. SimaPro is an established commercial software developed by PreSustainability. A newer open-source software is phyton based Brightway, available also through user interface Activity Browser. This tool offers a wider range of possibilities in terms of prospective LCA. Within TNO, CSI (circularity, sus-tainability, impact) ambitions to use Simapro as well as Brightway to profit from long-year software experience on one hand and on the other hand make use of more flexible modelling options. However, different results for the same project for a couple of impact categories (mainly related to toxicity, but also resources) requires further exploration. The aim of this internship is to compare the results, flows and impact factors for a specified existing project (PV modules) and identify find the most important reasons for these deviations. Based in that, a guideline for software communication in future models can be developed.
What we expect from you
- You have a background in a relevant field, for example data science, environmental sciences, etc.;
- You have programming skills, preferably can code with Python;
- You enjoy digging in large datasets;
- You have affinity, attested by your taken courses, with environmental/energy/circularity issues.
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.
For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Read more about security screening on the AIVD website.
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?
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