Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,

 

We are excited to announce the dates for two great events that we have planned for March of next year:

 

  • Starting on March we have the MIT Energy Career Fair, which features a diverse range of industries within the energy sectors and provides an intimate environment for passionate students and companies to connect.
  • The very next day begins the MIT Energy Conference (March 3-4)! Join us for largest student-led energy conference in the US, now in its 12th year. This year's theme is "Balance of Power: Enabling the Next Energy Paradigm". Stay tuned for future updates regarding speakers and panel topics!

 

As you can see, it's going to be quite the energetic weekend in early March and we hope to see you there!

 

Libby DeLucia & Ben Magolan

Co-Presidents, MIT Energy Club

 

(New) additions and events This Week are identified below


MIT Energy Club Events

(1)  New Opportunities in Energy Startups and Investment: Fireside Chat with Carl Stjernfeldt from Shell Technology Ventures (Dec 5)  (New)
(2)  CalWave Info Session (Dec 6)  (New)
(3)  1366 Technologies Info Session (Dec 7)  (New)
(4)  MIT Energy Career Fair (Mar 2)  (New)
(5)  2017 MIT Energy Conference (Mar 3)  (New)

MIT Events

(1)  Plan B: Fossil fuels without CO2 (Dec 6)
(2)  e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Shreyas Matha on Information-based Pollution Abatement in India (Dec 6)  (New)
(3)  Energy Studies Program: Microgrids & Community Energy Systems- Resiliency and Sustainability (Dec 8)  (New)
(4)  Apply to the MIT Water Innovation Prize by Dec 31  (New)
(5)  LEED GA Workshop at MIT (Jan 25)  (New)

Non-MIT Events

(1)  From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy (Dec 8)  (New)
(2)  Bright Minds Challenge: Renewable Energy Revolution (Jan 16)
(3)  London Business School CleanTech Challenge
(4)  Columbia University Energy Case Competition (Feb 2)  (New)
(5)  Columbia University Energy Symposium (Feb 2)  (New)

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

(1)  National Grid Internship & Full-time Opportunities
(2)  Solstice: Technical Lead and Communications/Development Associate
(3)  SmartFlower: Technical Director
(4)  REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities
(5)  New Energy Capital: Analyst/Associate
(6)  Enovation Partners: Job Openings
(7)  NRG Rotational Development Program  (New)
(8)  MassCEC Clean Energy Internship Program - Spring 2017 Session Open for Enrollment
(9)  Harvard Environmental Fellows Program
(10)  Nord Pool: International Sales Manager  (New)

MIT Energy Club Events

 (1) New Opportunities in Energy Startups and Investment: Fireside Chat with Carl Stjernfeldt from Shell Technology Ventures (New)
Monday, Dec 5, 2016 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
E51-335 | Website

Join us for a Fireside Chat with Carl Stjernfeldt of Shell Technology Ventures! Carl will give a brief introduction on VC and Energy VC and have an open discussion with the audience. Carl is a member of the team at Shell Technology Ventures (STV). Carl has 20 years experience in managing critical business issues, mainly for high growth technology companies. He has served on numerous boards of successful companies inlcuding: Agito Networks (acquired by ShoreTel), Arbor Networks (acquired by Tektronix), BNI Video (acquired by Cisco), Broadbus Technologies (acquired by Motorola), Cedar Point Communications (acquired by Genband) and Tejas Networks. He was also a board observer of Optium (NASDAQ: OPTM, acquired by Finisar).

 (2) CalWave Info Session (New)
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
56-154 | Website

Marcus Lehmann, the project lead of Calwave, will be giving a presentation at MIT. Calwave is a company that specializes in harnessing wave power for renewable energy and are competing as a finalist for the US Wave Energy prize. Unfortunately, Marcus will not be here in person, but we will set up the first groundbreaking virtual info session. Be there and learn more about renewable energy innovation! FOOD is provided.

 (3) 1366 Technologies Info Session (New)
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
56-154 | Website

Come Learn more about SOLAR TECHNOLOGY! Food will be provided! Recent advancements in solar technology has made solar energy a cheap resource to generate electricity. 1366 Technologies, a local company (Bedford, MA) that specializes in the solar power industry and high performance silicon wafers, is giving an info session at MIT. If you have any questions about this info session or 1366 Technologies, please contact us at uge-expo@mit.edu.

 (4) MIT Energy Career Fair (New)
Thursday, Mar 2, 2017 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Lobdell, MIT Student Center | Website

The MIT Energy Career Fair provides an intimate environment for top caliber students with a passion for energy and companies to connect. The 2016 Energy Career Fair connected PhD candidates, MBA students, and undergraduates from all majors with over 20 companies. This year, the Fair features even more companies with a diverse range of industries: clean tech, oil & gas, energy storage and management, energy consulting, etc. The event is open to all MIT and Harvard students.

 (5) 2017 MIT Energy Conference (New)
Friday, Mar 3, 2017 to Saturday, Mar 4, 2017
Marriott Cambridge | Website

As the largest student-led energy conference in the US, the MIT Energy Conference has become a premier event to connect professionals, policymakers, academics, and students in the energy industry. More changes have occurred in the global energy sector in the past decade than in the 100 years prior. In its 12th edition, the MIT Energy Conference main theme is centered on the interconnection between activities, technologies, and geographies, addressing the idea that small, distributed impacts can generate big solutions. We will bring together leaders and visionaries from industry, government, the scientific community, and the private sector that are looking at the whole value chain in a holistic way, and can speak about and debate the development of these complex interactions, which are redefining the future of energy worldwide.

MIT Events

 (1) Plan B: Fossil fuels without CO2
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
32-155 | Website

In this seminar we will discuss: (1) Utilizing the stored chemical potential in fossil fuels from thermonuclear derived solar energy without producing carbon dioxide. (2) Areas where science and engineering innovation could have enormous impact on global use of fossil resources into the future. (3) Results of recent investigations on methane conversion.

 (2) e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Shreyas Matha on Information-based Pollution Abatement in India (New)
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
E18-304 | Website

The Emissions Trading Scheme pilot project for particulate matter (PM) aims to introduce market based environmental regulation in India, as against existing command and control regimes. Led by PIs from University of Chicago, Harvard, and Yale, the project is a collaboration between J-PAL South Asia, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), and the Central Pollution Control Board of India. It is being piloted in Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu states, in coordination with respective pollution regulatory bodies. The objective is to design, implement and evaluate (i) the introduction of Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) for PM emissions from stationary sources, and subsequently (ii) an Emissions Trading Scheme for PM in the three states. Shreyas is a Masters student at the Technology and Policy Program in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society at MIT. Previously, he was a Senior RA at J-PAL South Asia, where he was on a research team that seeks to evaluate a suite of air pollution abatement projects. Shreyas has a Masters in Economics and a Bachelors in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering from BITS Pilani Goa Campus, India.

 (3) Energy Studies Program: Microgrids & Community Energy Systems- Resiliency and Sustainability (New)
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Energy Commons (10-063) | Website

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and significant grid defection due to renewable technology penetration, microgrids and community energy systems (MG & CES) have become a significant focus of technologists, policy specialists, and academics. Despite the efforts of state governments in North America, MG & CES face extreme challenges from electric utilities, regulators, and market economics as a whole. In this session, students and faculty will learn and collaborate through MG & CES case studies and market analyses carried out by Travis Sheehan, MIT, and Lincoln Laboratories researchers.

 (4) Apply to the MIT Water Innovation Prize by Dec 31 (New)
| Website

Passionate about solving water challenges? Submit your statement of intent to compete in the MIT Water Innovation Prize for $30K in innovation grants! Translate your research or idea into a business, get access to mentors and resources, and build your network of industry professionals and like-minded entrepreneurs passionate about water. We welcome all approaches to water innovation, from policy and data analytics to engineering and product design. Past winners have gone on to win regional and national-level innovation competitions - you could be next! Visit our website and apply by December 31: http://www.mitwaterinnovation.org/statement-of-intent. See competition rules here: http://www.mitwaterinnovation.org/rules/

 (5) LEED GA Workshop at MIT (New)
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
MIT - Building 66 - Room 201 | Website

Interested in getting involved in the Green Building Industry? Opportunities are plentiful in the field of sustainable design and LEED is at its forefront. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system, or a scorecard. To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 6000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name! Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, people can become LEED Professionals. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows employers you have the knowledge now required in many jobs. A new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced last month and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system. This course meets the exam's eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students). To register for the class please visit: http://leadinggreen.com/mit

Non-MIT Events

 (1) From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy (New)
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Barrister's Hall, Boston University Law School, 765 Commonwealth Ave. | Website

Dan Lashof, Chief Operating Officer of NextGen Climate America, will assess the economic and technical feasibility of reducing climate risks by transitioning towards an economy powered by clean energy in the near- to medium-term future. The best estimates suggest that we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. To do so will mean transforming the way we produce and use energy. From Risk to Return examines the technological and economic feasibility using commercial or near-commercial technology and asks: Is a transition to an economy that produces less carbon affordable? What will it mean to investors and consumers? How can American business lead us towards an economy with lower climate risks? Lashof will explore these questions and more as he examines the major business opportunities and challenges relating to technology, infrastructure and economy during an energy transformation. Learn more and RSVP (http://www.bu.edu/ise/rsvp-from-risk-to-return-128/?mc_cid=772cfa8512&mc_eid=e4a25e8f2f)

 (2) Bright Minds Challenge: Renewable Energy Revolution
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
| Website

The Bright Minds Challenge is an international competition designed to help accelerate the scaling of solutions for 100% renewable energy in the solar and energy storage sectors. The challenge is designed to support scientists and researchers around the world overcome barriers they face in scaling up their ideas and solutions. The top three solutions will all receive commercial, technical and mentoring support, with the winner receiving a $100,000 equivalency of 500 hours of tailored help to fast-forward their solution.

 (3) London Business School CleanTech Challenge
London | Website

The CleanTech Challenge, organized by London Business School and University College London, is a global business plan competition for innovative clean technology business ideas. It brings together business and engineering students to create viable start-ups. Teams compete over three rounds for the £10,000 prize, awarded at the two-day Bootcamp finals in London. Participants are mentored by industry experts from the cleantech, entrepreneurial and related sectors.

 (4) Columbia University Energy Case Competition (New)
Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 to
Columbia University, New York, NY | Website

The Columbia University Energy Symposium is glad to host the second annual Columbia Energy Case Competition February 2, 2017. This event allows graduate students to present creative and innovative solutions for the main challenges faced by the energy sector. This year the Case Competition is sponsored by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, and the topic is "Disruptive innovation in the Energy sector".

 (5) Columbia University Energy Symposium (New)
Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 to Friday, Feb 3, 2017
Columbia University | Website

Columbia University's SIPA Energy Association (SEA), CBS Energy Club, the Environmental Law Society and the Engineering Energy Club are pleased to introduce you to the 12th Annual Columbia University Energy Symposium! The Columbia Energy Symposium is one of the largest events of its kind, bringing together in New York City more than 300 students, faculty, leaders, and executives representing industry, government, and society, to explore and advance our insights into today's challenging energy questions. The event features a full-day conference, a student case competition, a career fair, and a venture showcase. This year's Symposium theme is "disruptive innovation: the new status quo?." From the entrance of solar and now battery storage, to the evolving utility business models, to the shifting geopolitics of petroleum, each year there seems to be some new disruptive force on the traditional energy industry. The CU Energy Symposium's conference will examine ways that these new technologies, business models, and innovative financing strategies are impacting the traditional energy system and how energy experts think this disruption will evolve the industry in the years to come.

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

 (1) National Grid Internship & Full-time Opportunities
Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island | Website

National Grid has internship and full-time opportunities available for undergrads and Mechanical Engineering grad students. The full-time position is designed to expose recent grads to the full range of business activities across the enterprise, and the internship is designed to provide meaningful and educational experiences to the students in the energy/utility industry. National Grid is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world - covering Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and the UK. It is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society-delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future. Every day National Grid works with stakeholders to promote the development and implementation of sustainable, innovative and affordable energy solutions. Full-time position descriptions are available here: https://careers.nationalgridus.com/search-jobs/graduate%20development%20program/793/1. Internship position descriptions are available here: https://careers.nationalgridus.com/search-jobs/internship/793/1. Email Mike Donahue at Michael.Donohue@nationalgrid.com with your resume for more information.

 (2) Solstice: Technical Lead and Communications/Development Associate
| Website

80% of America is locked out of the solar market because they cannot install solar on their roof. Solstice is an MIT startup that radically expands access to clean energy by providing community-based solar power to American households. Their model enables any resident to enjoy clean energy at no upfront cost and save money on their electric bill every month. This award-winning clean energy startup is hiring a Technical Lead to oversee the creation of a digital platform that will seamlessly manage all of the customer-facing activities in the community solar space: customer outreach and onboarding, utility integration, account management, and consumer engagement. The company also seeks an enterprising individual with a knack for the written word and visual storytelling to manage our growing brand and communications efforts as a Communications/Development Associate.

 (3) SmartFlower: Technical Director
| Website

SmartFlower's all-in-one solar system was first launched in Europe in 2014. Since then over 1,000 units have been installed at homes and businesses in 20 European countries. Its emotive design and movement inspires consumers: it wakes up at sunrise, fans out its solar panels to 18 m² (194 ft²) and automatically cleans itself in preparation for capturing the sun's rays. SmartFlower North America is seeking a Technical Director to work with its COO as the company grows.

 (4) REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities
Boston, MA | Website

REsurety, a venture-backed FinTech startup that is eliminating the challenge of resource intermittency for the wind power industry, is seeking to hire for several positions. It is revenue-positive, has active customers, and works in partnership with some of the world's leading risk market players. Its team keeps an informal office with open lines of communication, little hierarchy, and a rapid pace. If putting your skills to work to drive down the cost of renewable energy by solving the challenge of resource intermittency sounds exciting, then REsurety would love to receive your application. REsurety is seeking: Vice President of Finance and Compliance; Quality Assurance Engineer; Analyst, Commercial Operations; Wind Data Intern; Engineering Intern. Please see details and contact information from Careers page weblink above.

 (5) New Energy Capital: Analyst/Associate
Boston, MA | Website

Founded in 2003, New Energy Capital was one of the first investors to focus on clean energy and infrastructure assets. NEC has delivered a decade long track record of superior performance on behalf of its investors by focusing on real assets which generate stable cash flows. NEC is is looking for a full-time Analyst/Associate for our Boston, MA office. We're looking for somebody with 1-2 years of energy, consulting, or finance experience. Please email Lucy Fan at yfan@newenergycapital.com for more information.

 (6) Enovation Partners: Job Openings
| Website

Enovation Partners is actively seeking experienced strategy consulting and finance professionals who are passionate about energy, infrastructure, and innovation. Enovation Partners was formed in 2013 by energy practice leaders from top strategy consultancies. Our shared vision is to build a firm that develops industry leading insight to deliver tangible results in the key areas shaping the future of energy and infrastructure, including 1) innovation and emerging technologies in energy, infrastructure, and related sectors 2) distributed energy resources (e.g. energy storage, PV, energy efficiency) and 3) Natural gas growth across the value chain, from wellhead to burner-tip. Enovation Partners has offices in Chicago, London, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Contact Brett Perlman Brett_perlman@harvard.edu to apply.

 (7) NRG Rotational Development Program (New)
San Francisco | Website

NRG's Power Up Rotational Development Program attracts and recruits ambitious early career professionals with a strong interest in the energy industry to rotate within one of NRG's regionally-based, competency focused functional tracks. NRG is the leading integrated power company in the U.S., built on the strength of the nation's largest and most diverse competitive electric generation portfolio and leading retail electricity platform.

 (8) MassCEC Clean Energy Internship Program - Spring 2017 Session Open for Enrollment
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We are pleased to announce that the spring 2017 session of MassCEC's Clean Energy Internship Program is now open for enrollment and employer engagement! The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program helps prepare the next generation of clean energy workers by funding internships for students and recent graduates at Massachusetts clean energy and water innovation companies.

 (9) Harvard Environmental Fellows Program
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The Harvard University Center for the Environment awards two-year postdoctoral fellowships to outstanding young scholars in any environment-related discipline. The goal of the program is to create a community of interdisciplinary researchers-working alongside Harvard faculty hosts-to tackle our most compelling environmental challenges. Program alumni are currently working at universities like Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. Other former Fellows are working at research institutes around the world and in new energy start-ups. The Center will award approximately six two-year postdoctoral fellowships this coming spring for an award to start in September 2017. The application deadline is January 18, 2017. The Center asks applicants to propose a research program and to secure a commitment from one or more Harvard faculty members to host their work. Hosts provide office or lab space as well as mentoring, and the Center will handle the rest of the administrative responsibilities.

 (10) Nord Pool: International Sales Manager (New)
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You have heard about Nord Pool via the MIT energy club where they held a presentation about power markets back in May and participated in the recent energy hackathon. As a dynamic company, Nord Pool has been the world's first international power exchange market and delivers efficient, simple and secure trading across Europe. Nord Pool is now recruiting: you would be joining them by being responsible to expand the company business into new markets in Central Europe (CE), currently including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland.