H Cycle LLC
Positions: Process Engineering Intern
Location: Mountain View, CA (remote option possible)
Innovation Area: Energy Management and Efficiency; Software and Data Analytics; Materials and Chemicals
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7500 (possible increase in compensation if greater than 8 weeks)
Internship Term: 8-12 weeks
H Cycle utilizes a novel conversion process to transform biomass wastes into low-carbon and cost-competitive hydrogen. In addition to the production of hydrogen, the process abates a variety of waste-sector emissions resulting from a variety of feedstocks, including post-recycling waste (reduce landfill methane), agricultural waste (reduce open field burning), and forest thinning (reduce wildfire risk). H Cycle is progressing several chemical plant developments in California with the aim of having an in-state project in operation supplying hydrogen to decarbonize industry and transportation uses.
Develop a techno-economic model for the integration of (1) a CO2 capture and storage (CCS) unit and (2) a water electrolyzer unit into the basic H Cycle chemical process. The scope of work will involve technical research, technology surveys, and expert interviews. Work with the commercial team to validate the value (cost and revenue synergies) of integrating the units into H Cycle’s future builds. Contribute to several process optimization initiatives (e.g. on site power generation from excess waste heat) led by the technology & engineering team.
Who Should Apply
Mechanical or chemical engineering student interested in a variety of energy transition vectors (distributed solar, hydrogen, waste heat, CCS) and enjoys learning and problem-solving.
Experience building excel-based models and heat/energy/mass balances. Basic familiarity with unit chemical processes (e.g. heat exchange, distillation) and techno-economic modeling.
Familiarity with electrochemistry and plant design software (e.g. ASPEN) are a plus though not required.