Positions: Mechanical Engineering Intern – Hydrogen Systems
Location: San Francisco, CA (or remote)
Innovation Area: Materials and Chemicals; Generation and Conversion; Transportation; Storage
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Internship Term: 8 weeks
Verne is developing innovative hydrogen technology that enables heavy-duty transportation (trucks, ships, and planes) to operate with zero emissions. Heavy-duty transportation is vital to the functioning of our global society, but is also responsible for 10% of global greenhouse gases. If vehicles switch from fossil fuels to green hydrogen, they can operate without producing any emissions. However, two challenges prohibit this transition: storing enough hydrogen onboard to power their operations, and access to this hydrogen to refuel.
Verne is bringing to market two technologies that simultaneously address these challenges. First, Verne has developed a new way to increase the density of hydrogen gas. This equipment will be installed at refueling stations, converting low density hydrogen into ultra-high density hydrogen fuel. Second, Verne has developed a way to store this high-density hydrogen onboard vehicles. Together, these two technologies more than double the amount of hydrogen that can be stored onboard vehicles, doubling vehicle range and allowing them to carry a full payload. With Verne’s technology, vehicles can maintain current operations while eliminating harmful emissions.
Verne has made significant strides toward this massive industrial transformation, and is in the midst of pilot program design with vehicle manufacturers. Verne has gained the support from leading technology institutions, including funding from MIT, Caltech, and Stanford, and all three co-founders were selected as fellows in the inaugural cohort of Breakthrough Energy’s new Fellowship program, supported by Bill Gates.
Storage system design: You will work with our storage product engineers to develop innovative multi-tank storage packages designed for efficient integration in our heavy-duty customers’ vehicles. Your work will include designing mechanical testing regimes for ensuring durability and reliability of our systems.
Refueling system design: You will assist our refueling engineering team in developing detailed designs of a new low-cost refueling system for our storage tanks. Further, you will use these designs to develop a corresponding prototype manufacturing plan. This system will be critical to bringing fuel cell trucks to cost parity with diesel alternatives.
Who Should Apply
Students who want to develop the next generation of climate-tech hardware to address one of the most pressing sustainability issues for our planet.
- Pursuing a B.S. or advanced degree in mechanical engineering or related discipline
- Ideally prior engineering internship experience with a hard-tech or manufacturing company
- Hands-on experience designing & building products or projects in the workshop or lab
- Coursework and/or experience with gas thermodynamic modelling and system design
- Working knowledge of major mechanical design software packages
- Prior experience with hydrogen or gases is preferred but not required
- Highly self-motivated, entrepreneurial mindset
- Willingness to contribute at all levels of the organization
- Ambition to tackle large decarbonization opportunities to address climate change
Mechanical Engineering / Material Science / Manufacturing