Energy Newsletter

Dear MIT Energy Club,


Spring Break is almost here, and whether you are traveling or catching up on work, we hope you enjoy the mid-semester mark! 


The MIT Energy Club's leadership transition is coming up. If you are interested in organizing exciting energy events and interacting with incredible folks all over campus, apply now to join next year's leadership team! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


As always, please keep us posted about events you are organizing through our online submission form, and remember to check out new jobs on our website.




Libby DeLucia & Ben Magolan

Co-Presidents, MIT Energy Club

(New) additions and events This Week are identified below

MIT Events

(1)  e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Namraa Kala on "Learning, Adaptation, and Climate Uncertainty: Evidence from Indian Agriculture" (Mar 21)  (New)
(2)  Tour of the MIT Nuclear Research Reactor (Mar 22)
(3)  MIT Sustainability Summit (Apr 28)  (New)

Non-MIT Events

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

Jobs, Grants, Fellowships

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

Other Notices

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

MIT Events

 (1) e4Dev Dinner Speaker Series: Namraa Kala on "Learning, Adaptation, and Climate Uncertainty: Evidence from Indian Agriculture" (New)
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
E19-319 | Website

Energy for Human Development, Dinner Speaker Series. Namrata Kala is the 2015 Prize Fellow in Economics at Harvard University. Her research interests are environmental and development economics.

 (2) 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=""></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.

 (3) MIT Sustainability Summit (New)
Friday, Apr 28, 2017 to
Samberg Center (E52), MIT | Website

The 2017 MIT Sustainability Summit: Funding the Future challenges conventional investment actors - from seed venture capital to public capital markets - to innovate and explore the rise of unconventional actors and financing mechanisms. With a theme of "Funding the Future," the conference focuses on transitioning to a more sustainable future by linking finance to tackle climate change, water scarcity and food security. Some of the questions the conference will delve into revolve around: - Why does sustainability matter in finance? - What are the industry specific challenges and solutions in sustainable finance? - How to measure sustainability? The Summit will feature speakers from Generation, TPG, BlackRock, Root Capital, Sustainalytics, and Acción, as well as distinguished professors from MIT and Harvard Business School. Join us in the discussion. Buy your ticket today!

Non-MIT Events

 (1) 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?

 (2) Carnegie Mellon University's Energy Week 2017
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!

 (3) Solar Microgrids to electrify the remotest village in Himalayas
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 :

 (4) UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) (New)
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
| Website

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" (New)
| Website

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 (New)
| Website

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) Greentech Media: Energy Storage Supply Chain Analyst
| Website

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.

 (5) Technical University of Madrid: PhD Student
| Website

The PhD work will be aligned to a recently granted European Project AMADEUS ( 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.

 (6) AES Energy Storage: Market Development Director / Analyst (New)
| Website

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) Cambrian Innovation: Lab Technician Intern (New)
| Website

Cambrian Innovation is looking for a Lab Technician Intern to join our growing team. The intern will assists in the execution of research projects and the maintenance of research equipment and laboratory facilities. The ideal candidate will have a highly successful academic record, experience in prototyping and laboratory, a high attention to detail, and a capability to undertake independent research tasks. An interest in next-generation renewable energy technology, environmental entrepreneurship, and bioelectrochemical systems is also positive.

 (8) Navigant Consulting, Inc.: Intern, Energy Practice (New)
| Website

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"*

 (9) Daymark Energy Advisors: Energy Market Intern
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

 (10) REsurety: Job & Internship Opportunities
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.

 (11) Internship opportunity at Portugal's International Nanotechnology Lab
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.

 (12) Greentown Labs Member Companies Need Interns! (New)
| Website

Are you a student interested in cleantech and energy? Or do you know a student who needs a summer internship? If yes, then look no further! Greentown Labs is the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States and is currently home to 50+ companies! Located in Somerville, MA, just outside of Union Square, Greentown Labs provides prototyping lab, office and event space to startups that are developing technologies to solve the world's biggest energy and environmental challenges. Many of Greentown Labs' member companies are actively seeking interns for the summer so please check out our CAREERS BOARD and reach out to the company you're interested in. A summer internship should be so much more than making copies and getting coffee, you should feel committed and proud of the impact you make on the company you spend your summer with and we're sure you'll feel that way working with any of our startups. Students of all majors are encouraged to check out the openings but those with a business or engineering focus are highly sought after!

 (13) SparkFund: Partnership Sales Executive (New)
| Website

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.

 (14) BP Sophomore Experience (New)
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.

 (15) IHI Energy Storage: Senior Controls Engineer
| Website

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.

 (16) Thermoflow, Inc: Engineer/Senior Engineer
| Website

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
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.