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Energy Storage Summer Internships

Energy storage technology holds the key to ushering in the electric vehicle transformation and in creating the grid of the future with integrated resiliency and flexibility. Today’s battery technology is not enough. Newer chemistries, battery designs, and manufacturing processes are needed to usher changes in energy storage that can fundamentally transform the world and lead to the birth of new industries. 

As an EERE Energy Storage Intern, you can be a part of the energy storage solution we need! The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Energy Storage Internship Program offers 10-week, hands-on, practical internships at U.S. national laboratories

As an intern in the EERE Energy Storage Internship Program, you will gain a competitive edge as you apply your education, talent, and skills to research and development projects focused on energy storage. You will be mentored by and research alongside DOE scientists and subject matter experts, developing long-term relationships between yourself, researchers and others at your hosting laboratory.

The EERE Energy Storage Internship Program is sponsored by the Advanced Manufacturing Office. Learn more about why you want to apply for an AMO Summer Internship.


EERE Energy Storage Internship Details

  • Application Cycle

    AMO Summer Internships are open for applications during the Fall/Winter of each year.

    2022 Application Year

    Online Applications Open  November-December 2021 Applicants will have the opportunity to review a project catalog of projects provided by hosting facilities to find a suitable match for their interests and educational discipline. Project catalogs can be found on the respective program page. 
    Application Deadline January-March 2022
    • Applicants should not contact research facilities/mentors after the application deadline
    • Applicants may contact mentors to ask questions about projects during the application period.
    Application Review February/March 2022
    Internship Notification March/April 2022 Candidates are notified of selections and receive offer letter to accept or decline internship
    Internship Period May - September 2022

    Candidates accept their internship offer and begin their ORISE internship.

    • Interns must complete 10-weeks of internship
    • In most cases, interns will have the opportunity to collaborate with their hosting laboratory to ensure internship dates work best for the intern and mentor. However, some hosting laboratories have separate requirements for summer internship periods.

  • Application Review and Selection

    In the application process, you will review available projects for your ORISE summer internship and provide your preference for which project and mentor you want to intern with for the summer. Mentors will review complete applications and project preferences to determine their ORISE intern selections and best match for their projects. Mentors may contact you directly or schedule interviews with you as part of the review process, and we encourage you to engage with them to determine the best fit for you and your potential mentor.

    However, mentor selection is only one part of the review process. Mentor selection of your application does not guarantee you will be selected to participate in an internship program.

    After mentors have submitted their selections, ORISE, who manages the summer internship programs for EERE AMO, will review selected applications for eligibility and completeness, and provide detailed information to EERE AMO representatives. EERE AMO will make final selections based on reviewer results.

    Once selections are finalized by EERE AMO, ORISE will notify you and your mentor if you are selected for an internship program. Formal offers will be sent through Zintellect, the ORISE application and participant tracking system.

  • Eligibility

    In order to be considered, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Be at least 18 years old by May 1 of the internship.
    • Meet one of the following conditions:
      • Recent graduate: Have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree in the past two years in a discipline related to energy storage.
      • Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates, earning a degree in the past two years, are eligible to apply.
      • For detailed information about eligibility, review the current Zintellect Opportunity posting. [Add link]
  • Appointment Details

    • Appointments will be for 10 consecutive weeks during the months of May-September. Factors such as class schedules, housing availability, and laboratory schedules may be taken into consideration when determining appointment start and end dates.
    • An appointment involves a full-time commitment at the host laboratory with the intern in residence on-site at the specified location.
    • Interns are required to have health insurance coverage during the appointment period and to provide proof of this coverage prior to the start of the appointment.
  • Stipend and Other Benefits

    • Stipend: Based on academic level at the start of your internship appointment.

      • Undergraduate students, and post-bachelors receive $700 per week

      • Masters students or post- masters receive $900 per week

      • Doctoral students and postdoctoral receive $1000 per week

    • Travel: Travel reimbursement for inbound and outbound expenses up to a combined maximum of $2,000 if you live more than fifty miles, one-way, from your assigned hosting laboratory.
    • Housing Allowance: A housing stipend starting at $150 per week. Additional housing stipend may be provided to offset high cost of living in certain locations.
    • Training/Research Allowance: Up to $250 to offset relevant costs, such as fees for submitting research for publication, access to relevant training, etc.

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Project Catalog for the EERE Energy Storage Internships

Applicants submitting an application to the EERE Energy Storage Internship Program are required to select one to three projects. Review the list below to determine which projects you are most interested in for your internship. Submit your project preferences in the relevant section in your Zintellect application.

This project catalog will be updated throughout the application period. If you do not see any projects of interest to you, check back often for updates throughout the application period. All available projects will be finalized 2 weeks prior to the application deadline.

For technical assistance with navigating Zintellect, contact Zintellect Support at Zintellect@orau.org

Project Title Citizenship Required Reference Code Posted Date Posted Datetime Hosting Site Internship Location Description

Yes NREL-Santhanagopalan1 12/1/2021 1638334800000 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for this internship

Project Description:

This project aims at improving the durability of these next generation batteries by investigating degradation of electrolytes in lithium-metal and lithium-sulfur cells: characterization will involve identification of chemical species that evolve at the interface via surface characterization (Raman), quantifying chemical signatures of soluble species (FTIR measurements). These results will be compared against heat signals measured on our calorimeters.  Based on test data, we will investigate different degradation mechanisms - such as the build-up of polysulfides, electrochemical decomposition, and mechanical failure of the sulfur cathodes. The intern will summarize the results in to a report and/or journal article, make presentations to the group.

Hosting Site:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Internship location: Golden, CO

Mentor:

  • Shriram Santhanagopalan
    Shriram.Santhanagopalan@nrel.gov
    303-275-3944

Internship Coordinator:

  • Geraly Amador
    geraly.amador@nrel.gov
    720-450-2764

Yes LLNL-Zhou1 12/1/2021 1638334800000 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore, CA

U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for this internship

Project Description:

This project is focused on applying the state-of-the-art machine learning models such as graph neural networks to study the evolution of dendrites.  Lithium dendrites are metallic microstructures that may form on the surface of the anode during charging and lead to severe problems such as battery failure through internal short circuits as well as battery capacity fading. This project will simulate the detailed kinetic process of dendrite growth, a problem requiring computational simulations on very large time and length scales. The participant will learn to use deep-learning methods and software platform such as PyTorch in a scientific machine learning setting, develop data-driven neural network models as surrogate model that operate on coarse-grained scales, and analyze the results to gain new physical insight.

Hosting Site:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Internship location: Livermore, CA

Mentor:

  • Fei Zhou
    zhou6@llnl.gov
    5107367438

Yes LLNL-Qian1 12/1/2021 1638334800000 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore, CA

U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for this internship

Project Description:

Methane is a far more dangerous greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide because methane warms our planet by 86 times as much as the latter. Methane is receiving increasing attention, as President Joe Biden just announced a fight against methane emissions at the crucial COP26 climate change meeting in 2021.

Our project develops novel bioreactor technology to biologically convert methane into valuable chemicals and liquid fuels for the reduction of methane emission while creating revenue. Technically, methane-consuming methanotrophs are embedded in a bio-compatible hydrogel and transformed into unique gas mass transfer-efficient geometries by state-of-the-art 3D printing techniques. In collaboration with others national labs, universities, biotech companies and local wastewater treatment plants, our invention exhibited 10s-fold of improvement in biocatalytic performance over prevailing stirred tank bioreactors and has been awarded over $2M research funds.

Due to its highly multi-disciplinary nature, our research provides various training in knowledge and experimental experience. Depending on individuals’ interest and career plans, students are welcomed to select one or more subjects as below.

  • Hydrogel encapsulation technology,
  • Microbial culture, biocatalysis measurement and bioproducts recovery,
  • Complex 3D geometry design using advanced engineering design tools,
  • 3D printing techniques, in particular direct ink writing and projection micro-stereolithography,
  • Communication with external collaborators to learn industrial demands and business models,
  • Skills in proposal writing, manuscript preparation and presentations.

Hosting Site:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Internship location: Livermore, CA

Mentor:

  • Fang Qian
    qian3@llnl.gov
    925-424-5634

Internship Coordinator:

  • Lisa Palmer
    Palmer4@llnl.gov
    925-422-2408

Yes LLNL-Xia1 11/23/2020 1606107600000 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore, CA

U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for this internship

Project Description:

The student will have the opportunity to learn and use state-of-the-art additive manufacturing tools to design and fabricate 3D-architected current collectors for Li-ion batteries. 3D architectures with structural control down to the nano- and microscale are extremely important for next generation Li batteries with high energy density electrodes such as Li and Si. Rational 3D electrode design, enabled by additive manufacturing, can increase the energy and power density of batteries and improve their cycle life by mitigating mechanical degradation. The student will learn more about the electrochemistry of batteries, use CAD software to design electrode and current collector structures, fabricate samples using some of the most cutting edge 3D printers, and characterize the morphology and performance of the samples using scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, and electrochemical testing. The student will also learn to analyze their results and propose solutions to improve their electrode design iteratively. At the end of the project, the student will receive training on presenting their research by writing and oral presentation.

Hosting Site:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Internship location: Livermore, CA

Mentor:

  • Xiaoxing Xia
    xia7@llnl.gov

Internship Coordinator:

  • Elaine Lee
    lee1040@llnl.gov

Yes NREL-Rippy1 12/1/2021 1638334800000 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for this internship

Project Description:

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is an exciting solar technology that generates electricity from sunlight. Unlike photovoltaics, CSP incorporates storage and thus can operate 24/7. Solar energy is stored in hot molten salts, which are used to run a power plant, much like coal or natural gas is used. Plants can be engineered to store enough hot salt to run the plant through the night. However, CSP energy is still more expensive than other sources of electricity. One reason is that the salts are corrosive. Thus, we have designed an electrochemical process to remove corrosive impurities from molten salts. This process could help facilitate higher temperature operation of concentrating solar power plants, which would lead to more efficient electricity production. It also could reduce maintenance costs and allow use of less expensive alloys for plant construction, lowering the levelized cost of electricity from CSP. We are now building a lab-scale demonstration of this purification cell.

Hosting Site:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Internship location: Golden, CO

Mentor:

  • Kerry Rippy
    kerry.rippy@nrel.gov
    19702746017

Yes ANL-Johnson1 12/1/2021 1638334800000 Argonne National Laboratory Lemont, IL

U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for this internship

Project Description:

This project is focused on the synthesis and evaluation of new and novel cathode materials for Li-ion batteries based on earth-abundant elements, principally iron and manganese. 

Hosting Site:

Argonne National Laboratory

Internship location: Lemont, IL

Mentor:

  • Christopher Johnson
    cjohnson@anl.gov
    cjohnson@anl.gov

Internship Coordinator:

  • Mariel Arredondo
    jomantm@anl.gov
    630-252-4371

Yes LLNL-Qian2 12/1/2021 1638334800000 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore, CA

U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for this internship

Project Description:

Description coming soon.

Hosting Site:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Internship location: Livermore, CA

Mentor:

  • Fang Qian
    qian3@llnl.gov
    925-424-5634

Yes LLNL-Ye1 12/1/2021 1638334800000 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore, CA

U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for this internship

Project Description:

All-solid-state lithium batteries using highly conductive, nonflammable solid-state electrolytes are promising to further improve energy density and address safety concerns. However, the manufacturing of ASSLBs is still far away from practical application; the battery performance is also limited by the ionic conductivity and interfacial stability. In this project, we aim to develop new experimental technologies to address manufacturing obstacles and improve battery performance. One of the promising technologies is the additive manufacturing, such as direct ink writing and laser powder-bed fusion. The students will have the opportunities to learn the manufacturing of ASSLBs, including powder synthesis and modification, ink preparation, 3D printing, and post processing. The students will also learn how to assemble batteries including coin cells, split cells, and pouch cells, and how to test and analyze battery performance. The students will be trained by postdocs and staff scientists with intense battery experience and will practice presentation and writing skills during the stay.

Hosting Site:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Internship location: Livermore, CA

Mentor:

  • Jianchao Ye
    Ye3@llnl.gov
    9254236696

No NREL-Booten1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

Project Description:

Quantify the Technology Frontier for thermal innovation in buildings in two dimensions: thermal storage and thermal loadreductions. Also demonstrate thermal energy storage (TES) technical potential in buildings for meeting grid energy storage needs for aggressive renewable energy penetration scenarios. Project: Use Python to build upon existing modeling framework for sizing and dispatching energy storage (thermal and non-thermal) in buildings across the US. The theoretical limits of performance of storage and thermal load reduction in buildings will be quantified. Various electric grid scenarios will be investigated along with climate dependence, levels of renewable energy generation, ability of storage to meet heating and cooling needs, and performance characteristics of the storage (i.e. standby losses, dis/charging efficiency, etc.)

This project will teach how to simulate and analyze large-scale, time-resolved building thermal loads. These loads will be combined with aggregated, high-resolution renewable power generation data to estimate load/generation mismatches (i.e. the net load on the grid) which form the basis of estimating energy storage needs. This framework allows a theoretical exploration of power and storage capacity usefulness of thermal energy storage in buildings as well as other energy storage needs required for various electrical grid requirements from a climate zone up to national scale analysis. This analysis will be based on Python and requires knowledge of this programming language.

Hosting Site:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Internship location: Golden, CO

Mentor:

  • Chuck Booten
    chuck.booten@nrel.gov
    3032753167

Internship Coordinator:

  • Lorena Urbano
    lorena.urbano@nrel.gov
    303-384-6361

No NETL-Wang1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 National Energy Technology Laboratory

Project Description:

Thermal Energy storages (TES) is a key solution to improve power flexibility and grid stability. Thermochemical energy storage (TCES) is a promising new technology that stores energy in the form of chemical bonds using reversible redox reactions. TCES has the advantage of higher heat storage density, which is about 5-10 times higher than the latent and sensible heat storages respectively. The development of thermally-stable and redox-active materials with cycling stability is key in the TCES. Metal oxides such as CuO/Cu2O, Mn2O3/Mn3O4, Co3O4/CoO have shown suitable properties for TCES, but many challenges still remain based on the research in literature. Mixed metal oxides such as Mn-Fe have potential to improve the material characteristics. The project objective is to develop metal oxides and mixed metal oxides of Mn and Mn-Fe with high energy storage density, reaction kinetics and cycling stability. Therefore, the goal for the applicant would be synthesize and characterize these metal oxide materials and determine their effectiveness for TCES.

Hosting Site:

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Mentor:

  • Ping Wang
    ping.wang@netl.doe.gov
    412-386-7539

Yes ANL-Chuang1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 Argonne National Laboratory Lemont, IL

U.S. Citizenship is a requirement for this internship

Project Description:

The project aims to develop non-conventional experimental setup that utilize high energy synchrotron X-ray scattering and imaging techniques to study material behavior, primarily engineering alloys, under in-operando conditions. The student will learn to conduct material research using state-of-the-art x-ray characterization tools and interact with staff scientists at Argonne National Laboratory. Depending on the student's interest, they can select tasks that focus on data analysis, sample environment development, and/or material characterization.

Hosting Site:

Argonne National Laboratory

Internship location: Lemont, IL

Mentor:

  • Andrew Chuang
    cchuang@anl.gov
    630-252-5891

No NREL-Odukomaiya1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

Project Description:

This project focuses on the development of 3D-printable phase change material (PCM) composites for thermal energy storage (TES) in buildings. The research involves creating material formulations that are thermally conductive and incorporate PCMs, characterizing these materials, ensuring optimal printability, then utilizing 3D printers to print composite heat exchangers using these materials, and characterizing the resulting heat exchangers for their thermal and structural properties.

Hosting Site:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Internship location: Golden, CO

Mentor:

  • Wale Odukomaiya
    Wale.Odukomaiya@nrel.gov
    3036302420

No NREL-Woods1 11/23/2020 1606107600000 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

Project Description:

Electric utilities build generation capacity to meet the highest demand period, and they often pass on the costs associated with these peaking generators to building owners through demand charges. Building owners can minimize these demand charges by shifting energy use away from peak periods with behind-the-meter storage. This storage can include batteries, which can directly shift the metered load, or thermal energy storage, which can shift thermal-driven electric loads like air conditioning. Battery costs are declining, but batteries still tend to be more expensive than a comparable thermal energy storage system due to higher capital expense and faster life-cycle degradation. In contrast, thermal storage uses less expensive materials than batteries and has the potential to have a lower first cost, but can only be used to address thermal loads. There is a lack of research on how best to combine battery and thermal energy storage to maximize renewable energy generation on the grid at the lowest cost to the utility or building owner.

NREL has explored some modeling to examine the tradeoffs between battery and thermal storage for a load-leveling application. This project will expand this modeling to explore how battery and thermal storage located at buildings can minimizing carbon emissions on the grid at the lowest cost in different regions, which have different climates and renewable generation type. The model will consist of simplified representations of batteries and thermal energy storage, and will take as inputs a building's electric and thermal load profile and the long-term and short-term marginal carbon dioxide emissions from an existing electric grid model. The outcome of this study will explore how the two storage types can be used to minimize the effective carbon emissions from a building by utilizing thermal and battery energy storage. The student will learn about these storage technologies, the impact of building loads on carbon emissions and the electric grid, and coordinated control logic for two types of storage systems.

Hosting Site:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Internship location: Golden, CO

Mentor:

  • Jason Woods
    jason.woods@nrel.gov
    7204419729

No LANL-Mehta1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, NM

Project Description:

Microreactors are 4 kWt to 40 MWt compact, transportable nuclear reactors aimed to be used solo at remote sites, or in conjunction with renewables to provide 24-hour power throughput. The need for multiphysics tool and analysis is evident to model these novel reactors. The intern will have opportunity to work on either (i) development, or (ii) application side. The development side spans new methods and tools for advanced M&S. The application side consists of parametric studies of the space reactors to estimate their operation on extraterrestrial surfaces. A successful execution of project can lead to proceedings or journal paper.

Hosting Site:

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Internship location: Los Alamos, NM

Mentor:

  • Vedant Mehta
    mehta@lanl.gov

Internship Coordinator:

  • Cassandra Casperson
    casperson@lanl.gov

No LANL-Jesse1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos, NM

Project Description:

Although photovoltaic power has grown substantially in the last decade, the intermittent nature has resulted in overgeneration risk in the very near term (2020 for California). To enhance grid stability and fully utilize solar farms, energy storage is needed. When the right geographical assets are available, pumped hydro is the most developed solution and currently represents 95% of the US's storage profile (23 GW). For areas without available land and water, we would like to develop inexpensive flow cells to store excess energy in soluble chemical species - at a lower price point than li-ion batteries (which are effective in certain applications, e.g. islands, where electricity is expensive, for < 4 h discharge). Our team develops the molecules which store energy (redox carriers), the medium with which they inhabit (electrolytes), and screens their performance with small-scale flow cells. One family of complexes studied was recently published in ChemSusChem (https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201802985) When you’re not learning new science in the lab, Los Alamos offers many outdoor activities in the summer – the hiking/mountain biking are fantastic in this area.

Hosting Site:

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Internship location: Los Alamos, NM

Mentor:

  • Kate Jesse
    kjesse@lanl.gov
    5038670800

Internship Coordinator:

  • Cassandra Casperson
    casperson@lanl.gov
    5056674866

No LANL-Liu1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Project Description:

A strong demand for low-cost and high-energy-density rechargeable batteries has spurred lithium-sulfur (Li-S) rechargeable battery research. First, sulfur is an abundant and low-cost material. Second, the Gibbs energy of the lithium (Li) and sulfur reaction is approximately 2,600 Wh/kg, assuming the complete reaction of Li with sulfur to form Li2S, more than five times the theoretical energy of transition metal oxide cathode materials and graphite coupling. With these advantages, Li-S batteries could be both high energy density and low cost, satisfying demand in energy storage for transportation application. The major obstacle for sulfur cathode is the loss of sulfur cathode material as a result of polysulfide dissolution into common electrolytes, which causes a shuttle effect and significant capacity fade. The polysulfide shuttle effect leads to poor sulfur utilization and fast-capacity fade, which have hindered widespread use of rechargeable Li-S batteries. On the lithium electrode side, the lithium metal degradation through lithium dendrite formation during lithium deposition process. At Berkeley Lab, we are conducting a holistic investigation of the Li-S rechargeable battery from cathode electrode design, new electrolyte integration and lithium dendrite prevention.


The intern will be part of the larger team of graduate students, postdocs and staff to perform Li-sulfur battery investigation. The intern will be trained to make sulfur electrodes, use the new electrolytes to build Li-sulfur coin cells, and test cells, as well as perform data analysis. The intern will collaborate closely with a mentor in the team for day to day learning and research. The intern will provide weekly research update to the team and write periodic research reports. Depending on the progress, most interns in the past resulted in co-authorship in peer-reviewed journal articles after they finished internship.

Hosting Site:

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Internship location: Berkeley, CA

Mentor:

  • Gao Liu
    gliu@lbl.gov
    510-486-7207

No NREL-James1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, CO

Project Description:

Cost effective energy storage will be an integral component of a decarbonized energy economy. Consuming 75% of U.S. electricity generation, buildings hold the potential to support increased integration of renewable generation into the electrical grid via deployment of low-cost on-site energy storage. Buildings utilize energy in a variety of forms ranging from heating and cooling processes to electrical and mechanical work. The diverse nature of energy end uses in buildings allows for the application of multiple energy storage mechanisms to help increase load flexibility of buildings and improve their grid interactivity. Currently the primary forms of building sited energy storage consist of electrochemical batteries and ice-based thermal energy storage systems. Further research is needed to explore low-cost energy storage solutions which maximize utility to the building and its occupants.

This project will take advantage of a building’s need to provide multiple forms of energy end-uses to assess the potential of a hybrid electrical-latent energy storage device. By serving multiple end-uses, hybridized energy storage devices can increase the utilization of storage system hardware. This in turn can improve the economics of energy storage by making better use of capital expenditures. The student will expand on models developed at NREL to simulate the physical characteristics of the hybridized storage device and its energy storage potential. They will also explore different control schemes to optimize the environmental and economic benefits of the storage system. At the conclusion of this project the student will have gained experience in modeling thermo-fluid-mechanical systems and applying them to a practical energy storage technology for buildings.

Hosting Site:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Internship location: Golden, CO

Mentor:

  • Nelson James
    nelson.james@nrel.gov

No NETL-Oryshchyn1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 National Energy Technology Laboratory

Project Description:

Heat Pipes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_pipe) can be used to increase and control heat-transfer into and out of thermal masses. This project will compare the performance of power systems which use thermal energy storage with and without the operation of heat-pipes. The intern's work through the summer will be to show how, and how much, taking control of the effective conductivity of a thermal mass contributes the flexibility of a power system and/or a combined heat & power system. The intern will learn the functional limits of heat-pipes and apply them to system models provided by the mentor. By applying heat-pipe behavior to these models, and by investigating design changes which would improve functionality or ease of operation, the intern will help define the merit and scope of adding a "conductivity control" to a power system using thermal energy storage.

Hosting Site:

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Mentor:

  • Dan Oryshchyn
    danylo.oryshchyn@netl.doe.gov
    (541)967-5865

No NETL-Shi1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 National Energy Technology Laboratory

Project Description:

In this study, we are going to offer a “big-data” tool that explores emerging trends in energy storage materials and technology and provides useful insight for future study.
In this study, Web of Science database and google scholar database will be used. More than 10,000 papers related to different energy storage materials and technology up to date are going to be analyzed using a python-coded program with natural language process tools. The most frequently used technical terms in titles and abstracts are listed via a complete text statistics analysis. Careful mining of these data reveals many useful information of energy storage materials and technologies, which can help in understanding their growth.
This study provides a great opportunity for researchers to use this data for developing useful knowledge and insights.

Hosting Site:

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Mentor:

  • Fan Shi
    fan.shi@netl.doe.gov
    4123867350

Internship Coordinator:

  • Patricia Adkins-Coliane
    Patricia.Adkins-Coliane@NETL.DOE.GOV
    412-386-5388

No LLNL-Wan1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Berkeley, CA

Project Description:

This project focuses on examining Li-ion transport phenomena at the interfaces in all solid-state lithium batteries. First-principles based simulations in combination with machine-learning models will be used to understand Li-ion transport mechanisms at complex interfaces and predict Li-ion transport coefficients as a function of local chemistry and structures.

Hosting Site:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Internship location: Berkeley, CA

Mentor:

  • Liwen Wan
    wan6@llnl.gov
    9254223490

Internship Coordinator:

  • Ashley Mata
    mata5@llnl.gov
    9254227249

No NETL-Zhang1 12/7/2021 1638853200000 National Energy Technology Laboratory

Project Description:

NETL has recently developed a viscometer for the measurement of formation fluid in subsurface. The formation fluid could include oil, gas, water, CO2, and the mixture of them. Knowing the rheologic behave of the fluid is important for resource evaluation and risk assessment. These formation fluids often of very low viscosity and under extreme pressure and temperature conditions and with multiphase structure. Viscosity measurement for extreme high pressure high temperature and very low viscosity is therefore needed. NETL has made a falling magnet ball viscometer that has potential to address the above issue. This project is to evaluate the theory and experimental aspects of this new viscosity measurement.  Study will include understanding of the force field, and the interaction of the ball with sample. The forces involved include gravitational force, buoyancy, magnet force, shear stress and perhaps turbulent force. Experiments will be conducted to valid and modify, if needed, the model so far established. The research will also involve skills to use I/O interface with Labview, and analyze data with Matlab.

Hosting Site:

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Mentor:

  • Wu Zhang
    wu.zhang@netl.doe.gov
    3046858192

The name and contact information of the hosting site internship coordinator is provided for further assistance with questions regarding the hosting site; local housing availability, cost, or roommates; local transportation; security clearance requirements; internship start and end dates; and other administrative issues specific to that research facility. If you contact the internship coordinator, identify yourself as an applicant to the NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship (MSGI) Program.

Interns will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with the Hosting Site, ORAU/ORISE, EERE or DOE. No commitment with regard to later employment is implied or should be inferred.