Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,

 

Applications for next year's club leadership team are now open! Join the largest club at MIT at a time when shaping the energy industry is as critical as ever. See what's possible when you work combine forces with other passionate students! Here are descriptions of the many amazing positions and the application form. The Co-President deadline is March 17, and other positions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Also - today is the last day to apply for the club's new Mentorship Program, designed to further strengthen club connections and better serve our mission to "build strong, lasting relationships among our student members." Signup here by March 13 to join us in this brand new initiative!

 

We look forward to reviewing your applications, and as always, please keep sending us your events and job descriptions through our online submission form.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Ben Magolan & Libby DeLucia

Co-Presidents, MIT Energy Club

(New) additions and events This Week are identified below


MIT Energy Club Events

(1)  Energy Club Mentorship Program Registration (Mar 13)

MIT Events

(1)  e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Dr. Anish Sugathan on "Coal Fired Power Plants in India" (Mar 14)  (New)
(2)  Professor John Deutch: The impact of decarbonization policies on electric system operating characteristics (Mar 15)  (New)
(3)  Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (Mar 22)

Non-MIT Events

(1)  Cleantech Open's 2017 Boston Kickoff Party (Mar 15)
(2)  NECEC's Emerging Trends Series: Cybersecurity & the 21st Century Electricity System (Mar 23)
(3)  Carnegie Mellon University's Energy Week 2017 (Mar 27)  (New)
(4)  Solar Microgrids to electrify the remotest village in Himalayas (Jul 8)  (New)
(5)  UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) (Aug 3)

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

(1)  MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards (Mar 27)
(2)  National Grid: Analyst, "Utility of the Future"
(3)  SparkFund: Technology Research Manager
(4)  Technical University of Madrid: PhD Student  (New)
(5)  Greentech Media: Energy Storage Supply Chain Analyst  (New)
(6)  AES Energy Storage: Market Development Director / Analyst
(7)  Navigant Consulting, Inc.: Intern, Energy Practice
(8)  REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities  (New)
(9)  Internship opportunity at Portugal's International Nanotechnology Lab  (New)
(10)  Daymark Energy Advisors: Energy Market Intern  (New)
(11)  SparkFund: Partnership Sales Executive
(12)  BP Sophomore Experience (Jun 19)
(13)   IHI Energy Storage: Senior Controls Engineer  (New)
(14)  Thermoflow, Inc: Engineer/Senior Engineer

Other Notices

(1)  Clinton Global Initiative University 2017 at Northeastern University (Oct 13)  (New)

MIT Energy Club Events

 (1) Energy Club Mentorship Program Registration
Monday, Mar 13, 2017 to
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Few student-run organizations at MIT are as large as ours, but none span as wide an audience. With this in mind, there is a great opportunity to strengthen the cohesiveness and usefulness of the club. In our mission statement, we pledge to build strong, lasting relationships among our student members. It is the interdisciplinary nature of MIT and world's energy challenges, that require collaboration across class years and departments. Our most successful events: Energy Conference, Energy Hackathon, and Energy Night bring together the distributed energy-related activity at MIT in the Boston Area. However, this valuable knowledge transfer should not be limited to several days each year. This is the inspiration for this mentorship program. The mentorship program is a semester-long pairing between students with compatible interests, goals, and experiences. Primarily matches will be made between undergraduate and the graduate members of the club. This is not imagined to be a major time commitment, rather a mutually beneficial relationship that will make the club stronger by strengthening connections internally. Each pairing will be allocated $10 per month for costs related to a meetup.

MIT Events

 (1) e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Dr. Anish Sugathan on "Coal Fired Power Plants in India" (New)
Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
E19-319 | Website

India is the world's third largest producer of electricity, coal-fired power plants produce about 66% of India's total power. India's power sector accounts for a large fraction of total emissions in the country; about 47% of CO2, 47% of SO2 and 30% of NOx emissions are traced to thermal power generation. A distinctive feature of India's expansion of thermal power generation infrastructure is the preferential construction of thermal power plants near coal-mines. As a result, today fewer than 10% of India's districts (60 in number) account for 90% of India's installed coal-based generation capacity. We investigate the impact of such concentrated placement of coal power plants on local ambient air pollution and health. We exploit the strong dependence of thermal power plant siting decisions on two exogenous geographical features: (a) proximity of large water bodies, and (b) proximity to geological coal deposits, to construct an instrument variable for district-level coal power generation capacity. Using this instrument variable strategy we investigate the impact of coal power plant construction in India during 2001 to 2015 on local ambient air pollution and health. Our preliminary results suggest that coal-fired power plants lead to substantial increases in air pollution and the incidence of low birth weight (LBW). In particular, we find that a 1 TWh increase in power generation leads to a 3.2% and 0.7% increase in mean ambient SO2 and NO2, respectively, as well as a 13% increase in the incidence of LBW.

 (2) Professor John Deutch: The impact of decarbonization policies on electric system operating characteristics (New)
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
66-110 | Website

In this seminar, Professor John Deutch introduces a simple model of an electricity market with competing nuclear, renewable, and natural gas generation to explore the operating characteristics that result from the imposition of five alternative policies intended to reduce CO2 emissions and/or increase renewable generation. He uses a static equilibrium analysis of supply and demand to compare the operating characteristics of an electricity system from the imposition of each new policy measure; the range of CO2 emission reductions proves to be surprisingly large. Given the values of the parameters assumed, Deutch finds it is unlikely that replacing a renewable portfolio standard by a carbon-free portfolio standard would be sufficient to encourage deployment of new nuclear electricity generation. Speaker Bio: John Deutch '61, PhD '66, Institute Professor emeritus, has been chair of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board for the past four years; a former undersecretary of the US Department of Energy; and professor of chemistry, dean of science, and provost at MIT.

 (3) Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
NW12 (138 Albany Street) | Website

Did you know that MIT has an awesome research reactor on campus? The MIT Nuclear Research Reactor now offers monthly tours available to the MIT community! Participants must register for the tour in advance by filling out this Google Form at least 24 hours before the start of the tour: <a href="http://bit.ly/MITReactorTour">http://bit.ly/MITReactorTour</a> The tours will be limited to 15 participants on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to sign up early! Open to MIT ID holders only -- participants will receive more details about the tour in a confirmation email after they register. The tours are about an hour to an hour and a half long and start promptly at the listed time; please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and make sure you'll be able to stay for at least an hour.

Non-MIT Events

 (1) Cleantech Open's 2017 Boston Kickoff Party
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street Somerville, MA 02143 | Website

Join Cleantech Open Northeast for a night of cleantech community networking leading up to the Cleantech Open 2017 Accelerator program. Entrepreneurs, students, savvy technologists, investors, professionals, and other interested parties all welcome! At the launch party you'll be able to: (1) Connect with Boston's top innovators, supporters, and thought leaders in the cleantech space. (2) Get exposure by giving your 1 minute elevator pitch in front of judges and potential teammates (if you're ready!). (3) Listen to past competitors as they share their experience with Cleantech Open.

 (2) NECEC's Emerging Trends Series: Cybersecurity & the 21st Century Electricity System
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Mintz Levin, 1 Financial Center Boston, MA 02111 | Website

NECEC's Emerging Trends Series are networking and educational events that discuss hot topics, growing markets and emerging trends in the clean energy industry. This event will discuss cybersecurity as an evolving threat to energy security, reliability and the shift to a 21st century electricity system. How can energy innovation help address this threat, how can clean energy businesses manage the risk of a cyber attack to the grid, and how does public policy play a role in the effort to enhance the cybersecurity of a 21st century grid?

 (3) Carnegie Mellon University's Energy Week 2017 (New)
Monday, Mar 27, 2017 to Friday, Mar 31, 2017
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA | Website

This week-long celebration at CMU's Pittsburgh campus focuses on five themes: the Future of Energy, Innovation, Research, Policy, and Education. Most of the activities are free .The event is open to everyone, but you must register soon. Over 700 people attended CMU's Energy Week 2016 -- Register early so you don't miss out this year!

 (4) Solar Microgrids to electrify the remotest village in Himalayas (New)
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 to Sunday, Jul 23, 2017
Ladakh, India | Website

Lack of access to electricity has been one of the major challenges faced by the remote Himalayan communities. For the last five years, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) has been focusing towards creating a sustainable off grid power generation solutions for these thousand-year-old villages located at an altitude of over 12000ft. Till date, GHE has brought electricity to 25 off-grid Himalayan villages. This year, in June 2017, team GHE plans to lighten up the remotest village of Ladakh nestled in the Zanskar valley of Ladakh. The village is called Shade. The village comprises of 16 Households with a population of 80. The task of electrification will be completed with a carefully selected team of 25 individuals from all over the Globe. Listed below are the key highlights of the June 2017 expedition: Experiencing the sustainable livelihood of the Himalayan civilization; 9 Days of Trekking through Zanskar valley of Himalayas; 2 Days of Rafting on Zanskar River; 1 Day of Mountain Biking; 10 nights of camping in the Zanskar Valley; Setting up Solar micro-grids for village Shade and Lighting it up for the first time ever! Join the renewable energy evangelists on this expedition by registering here at :http://www.ghe.co.in/join.html

 (5) UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE)
Thursday, Aug 3, 2017 to Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017
University of Illinois at Chicago | Website

The Summer Institute onSustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week "boot camp" for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe. Held annually on the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since 2011, the program boasts 300 alumni. During weekdays, participants (SISE'ers) participate in high-level talks, visit energy and sustainability sites, and network with Chicago-area experts and program alumni. During evenings and weekends, they work collaboratively on research projects and enjoy exploring Chicago. In 2017, SISE will focus on transportation, specifically the concept of mobility and the future of transportation systems. The program will cover several trends: * Technological Advances - the changes leading us to Autonomous Electric Vehicles * Emerging Mobility Trends - ridesharing/Micro-Transit and other mobility solutions * Infrastructure Challenges - the power grid and its interaction with electric vehicles * Global and Local Impacts - the overarching picture

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

 (1) MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards
Monday, Mar 27, 2017 11:59 pm to 11:59 pm
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Grants up to $65,000 - for clean tech and water technologies: The Program's primary intent is to stimulate the commercialization of clean energy and water technologies developed in the Commonwealth. Awarded funds are used to demonstrate the feasibility of technologies in specific industry applications in order to obtain increased industry and investor interest. Up to 5 awards ($65K each) will be granted. Additionally, under the Catalyst Water Challenge, MassCEC will provide funding and technical support for projects at the water-energy nexus that deploy water innovation technologies or innovative combinations of existing technologies. Up to two additional awards in the amount of $65,000 each will be given for promising clean water projects. Applicants must be either a: * Principal Investigator ("PI") at a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institution; or * Massachusetts-based early stage clean energy or water tech company with no more than $1,000,000 in combined financing, grant funding, and revenues and have four or fewer full-time equivalent employees. Students group are welcome to apply with some restrictions (outlined in our guidelines). Applications are due on March 27, 2017.

 (2) National Grid: Analyst, "Utility of the Future"
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Successful candidates will support the "Utility of the Future" team within National Grid's U.S. Retail Regulatory Strategy group, including developing new regulatory frameworks and utility business models, modeling costs and benefits of new policies, and serving as the regulatory leads on major initiatives to design and implement new technologies and service offerings for customers (e.g., grid modernization/"smart grid", renewable energy and distributed energy resource programs and integration, or dynamic pricing offers). This position combines: analytical and quantitative analysis; regulatory, market, and policy research; extensive written communication (e.g., memos, studies, regulatory filings); cross-functional collaboration within National Grid; and engagement with peer utilities and other stakeholders. The successful candidate will have a correspondingly balanced skill set and experience and the ability to rapidly develop new areas of expertise, think creatively, and balance multiple competing demands. Candidates hired at the more senior level will be required to have some supervisory and/or project management experience and the ability to take ownership of major initiatives.

 (3) SparkFund: Technology Research Manager
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SparkFund is hiring a Technology Research Manager to own and manage the technology review process. This will involve assessing the energy efficient technologies that are financed by SparkFund . This position will also be responsible for owning and scaling a repeatable process to incorporate new energy efficiency technologies into our product offering. This role has room to grow and to lead a junior hire, depending on need.

 (4) Technical University of Madrid: PhD Student (New)
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The PhD work will be aligned to a recently granted European Project AMADEUS (www.amadeus-project.eu) that is intended to the development of novel energy storage concepts. In particular, the PhD candidate will contribute to the development of hybrid Thermionic-Photovoltaic (TIPV) converters for the direct conversion of heat into electricity. These devices will be eventually integrated in a full thermal energy storage system based on molten silicon alloys at temperatures above 1380C that is under development in the AMADEUS project. The PhD will last 3 to 4 years and will involve short stays in our partner labs in Europe.

 (5) Greentech Media: Energy Storage Supply Chain Analyst (New)
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Analysts conduct original quantitative and qualitative market research and deliver analysis through written reports, consulting, client inquiries, and speaking engagements. As a part of GTM Research's energy storage research team, the analysts serve clients who are responsible for the success of their firm's technology roadmap, competitive analysis/positioning, product/market positioning and energy storage (hardware and software) deployment strategies. The Analyst corresponds with, presents to, and advises vendors, developers and utility industry professionals on GTM's analysis regarding the changing landscape of the global energy storage supply chain. The Analyst, Energy Storage Supply Chain will focus on analysis of energy storage technology, including supply chain tracking and forecasting, competitive assessment, and system cost benchmarking.

 (6) AES Energy Storage: Market Development Director / Analyst
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AES Energy Storage is seeking an energy storage market development director to grow the global energy storage market opportunity. You will be responsible for defining how we create value for our customers, identifying market opportunities, and opening access to markets for energy storage. You will be an advocate for the energy storage value proposition to utilities, regulators, other government officials, NGOs and customers. You will be a navigator and co-pilot for our sales teams and a storage applications value expert.

 (7) Navigant Consulting, Inc.: Intern, Energy Practice
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Navigant's Energy Practice clients include the 50 largest electric and gas utilities; 20 largest independent power generators; 20 largest gas distribution and pipeline companies; leading oil and gas companies; government organizations; and numerous others. With more than 500 consultants, Navigant's Global Energy Practice is the largest energy management consulting team in the industry. Responsibilities may include: * Conducting detailed fact finding, research, and analysis on energy-related technologies * Assessing technologies, technology trends, and evaluating programs * Performing statistical and economic analyses; data collection; spreadsheet management * Developing technology deployment and commercialization strategies * Communicating solutions and new strategies to clients through technical reports and presentations *To apply log into Career Bridge (link). Locate Job ID: 36454. "Intern, Energy Practice"*

 (8) REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities (New)
Boston | 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; Power Market Research Scientist; Wind Data Intern; Engineering Intern. Please see details and contact information from Careers page weblink above.

 (9) Internship opportunity at Portugal's International Nanotechnology Lab (New)
Portugal | Website

The INL "Boston Challenge" is now open to any student (undergraduate to post docs) or early stage company from the New England area (obviously students can be from all over the place but they need to be studying in New England). Note the challenge covers both technology and artistic ideas so long as they have a Nano concept that addresses a need of 21st century society! The prize is an up to 3 month summer trip to INL in Braga Portugal to flesh out / prototype the person's "idea". The travel and accommodation will be paid for by INL and a stipend of $2 K will be paid (should cover food and drink costs as Braga is an inexpensive place to live). In addition the person gets to work with the world-class machines and scientists at INL. So if someone has a Nano-idea that needs testing, characterizing or prototyping this is a perfect way to get it done quickly and with high quality over the summer break. Of course the idea needs to take a step towards solving an issue in our modern society but that is a very broad remit. Please note that there is rolling acceptance for this prize and only a maximum of 10 prizes will be awarded so I would urge students or early stage companies to apply quickly to get the best chance for consideration.

 (10) Daymark Energy Advisors: Energy Market Intern (New)
Worcester | Website

Position available beginning May 2017. Daymark Energy Advisors is a is a leading provider of integrated policy, planning, and strategic decision support services to the North American electricity and natural gas industries. We serve a mix of clients, including utilities, market participants, energy consumers, regulators, and energy policy agencies. We provide each client with objective analysis and strategic advice to help them navigate the complexities and uncertainties of market and regulatory environments. Position Summary: The Intern will provide research and analysis of electricity and natural gas markets, technologies, and policies. The Intern's work may be in support of active consulting assignments or company R&D. All efforts are made to structure discrete projects that can be completed during the internship. Qualifications: We are seeking candidates with a passion for the energy industry and history of academic excellence and extracurricular achievement. The qualified candidate will be/have:  Highly quantitative, with the ability to do thorough analysis  Problem solver with a 'why not' attitude  Strong Excel skills, with an ability to build models that use features such as vlookup, hlookup, formula relationships, pivot tables, macros, etc.  Experience with MatLab or R is desireable // Compensation: This is a paid internship. Compensation will depend on level of experience and education. The position will be located in our Worcester, MA office. // You may apply for this position by sending your cover letter and resume to humanresources@daymarkea.com.

 (11) SparkFund: Partnership Sales Executive
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SparkFund is hiring a Partnership Sales Executive to help us establish key partnerships with energy services contractors, developers, and manufacturers. You will develop strategic relationships across our partners' business - from the CEO to the front-line sales rep. You will be at the center of the team that is responsible for generating SparkFund's project dealflow in order to meet our revenue targets.

 (12) BP Sophomore Experience
Monday, Jun 19, 2017 to Friday, Jun 23, 2017
Chicago | Website

BP's trading/marketing & supply business is offering you the chance to take a closer look at energy commodity trading and related businesses. This is a fantastic opportunity to put your passion for trading and business under the spotlight. Sophomore Experience is a week-long program delivering a unique opportunity for students. Successful students will receive an all-expense paid trip to our downtown Chicago office and be exposed to our corporate culture and values. This program is open to current university sophomores of any major or discipline with a strong interest in business and trading. Applications are open and will be accepted through March 16, 2017.

 (13) IHI Energy Storage: Senior Controls Engineer (New)
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IHI is a large, international, diversified company based in Tokyo. Our engineering center of excellence in Chicago is currently developing controls and power systems for a Smarter Energy Grid. This group, IHI Energy Storage, is responsible for architecting and delivering software and firmware systems to provide wide-area control and integration of energy storage systems, power inverters, solar, and wind systems. As a Senior Controls Engineer, reporting to the Software Development Manager of IHI Energy Storage, you will be responsible for control system and application software development on a distributed grid-scale energy storage platform. You will work in a cross-functional development group. In this dynamic environment, you will be called on to do many things, and occasionally be the sole development resource on a project. Position is located in the West Loop area of Chicago, IL.

 (14) Thermoflow, Inc: Engineer/Senior Engineer
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Seeking recent graduates in Mechanical, Aero/Astro, or Chemical Engineering. The qualifications are: (a) Outstanding academic record in a relevant engineering department. (b) Achievement of excellent grades in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer and related areas. (c) Demonstrable knowledge of the fundamental engineering basics of the thermal sciences, and particularly in their practical application. (d) Interest and/or some experience in writing software. Although most technical staff at Thermoflow have Ph.D. degrees, we are seeking recent graduates at any level, and are especially interested in hiring fresh S.M. graduates with a genuine passion for energy engineering. Strong preference will be given to US citizens or permanent residents.

Other Notices

 (1) Clinton Global Initiative University 2017 at Northeastern University (New)
Friday, Oct 13, 2017 to Sunday, Oct 15, 2017
Northeastern University | Website

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) is excited to announce that its 10th annual meeting will take place at Northeastern University in Boston from October 13-15, 2017. Hosted by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, this exciting 3-day event will gather more than 1,000 innovative student leaders from all over the world to make Commitments to Action that address society's most pressing challenges. The application deadline is May 1, 2017.