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Verne - Controls Eng Intern

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Positions: Controls Engineering Intern – Hydrogen Systems
Location: San Francisco, CA
Innovation Area: Materials and Chemicals; Generation and Conversion; Transportation; Storage
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

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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 conducting demonstration programs for vehicle and equipment manufacturers. Verne has gained the support of leading technology institutions, including the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT, Caltech, and Stanford, as well as some of the largest transportation companies in the world, with investment from Amazon and Caterpillar. All three co-founders were selected as fellows in the inaugural cohort of Breakthrough Energy’s fellowship program, supported by Bill Gates.

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Controls systems: Support system design and controls for our hydrogen storage and refueling systems. You will work closely with our Controls Engineer and multi-disciplinary engineering team to design and implement innovative controls solutions for our breakthrough hydrogen technologies.

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.

Required Expertise

Desired Qualifications:

  • Pursuing a B.S. or advanced degree in controls engineering, electrical engineering or related discipline
  • Any internship experience with some of the following competencies: instrumentation definition, PLC & embedded ECU design, C/C++ based microcontroller programming, model-based development, and integration of open/closed loop control systems
  • Hands-on experience designing & building products or projects in the workshop or lab: instrumentation, wiring, PLC programming, troubleshooting, etc.
  • Understanding of integrating sensors, actuators, and controllers
  • Ability to work in collaborative and fast-paced work environment
  • Willingness to contribute at all levels of the organization
  • Highly self-motivated, entrepreneurial mindset
  • Ambition to tackle large decarbonization opportunities to address climate change

Preferred Skills/Majors

Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Instrumentation, Controls Engineering, Embedded Systems, or a related field