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Antora Energy Internship

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Positions: Research & Development Engineer
Location: Berkeley, CA
Innovation Area: Storage, Transmission and Management
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

Antora Energy is an early-stage company building next-generation energy storage systems. Our "thermal battery" takes excess electricity from the grid, stores it as heat for hours or days, and then delivers electricity back to the grid when needed.

By combining extremely inexpensive raw materials with a novel thermophotovoltaic heat engine, Antora will deliver energy storage for <$10/kWh, more than an order of magnitude less expensive than Li-ion batteries. This inexpensive, long-duration energy storage technology will enable global adoption of renewable energy, thus helping eliminate gigatons of CO2 emissions annually. In 2019, with the help of a previous TomKat intern turned full-time employee, we broke the world record conversion efficiency for any solid state heat engine.

Through the Cyclotron Road hard tech incubator, we are in residence at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where we are collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Arizona State University to bring our technology to market. This summer we will be building, refining, and testing system prototypes; working with vendors to scale up manufacturing; engaging customers and developing pilot programs; and continuing to push the limits of solid-state energy conversion technology.

Responsibilities

  • own and manage projects related to subsystem testing and validation
  • conceive, build, execute, and refine experiments to test system components, potentially including photovoltaic cells, ultra-high-temperature storage media, high-temperature insulation, and heat exchangers
  • design, write, and interpret code to model system operation
  • perform scientific and industrial literature searches
  • work collaboratively and flexibly in a small team
  • communicate technical and non-technical content clearly and effectively
  • work hard, learn, have fun

Who Should Apply

If you’re dedicated to having a big positive impact on human lives and are willing to throw yourself 100% into realizing that goal, then we’d love to work with you!

Required Expertise

Background in science and/or engineering.

Preferred Skills/Majors

Experience with any of the following is a plus: physical modeling (e.g. in matlab, comsol) photovoltaics or other electro-optical devices, physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, optics, ultra-high-temperature materials and systems (preferably > 1200 Celcius, the hotter the better), large-scale industrial processes (e.g. steel-making, aluminum smelting, graphitization), the energy industry (tech and/or economic side).

While experience of this kind would be great, it’s not a requirement for the position!