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Graduate Intern - Advanced Distribution Planning and Cost Analysis for High-penetration DERs
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Job Description

The position(s) involves working with a novel set of tools and analysis for looking beyond the “hosting capacity” of distribution systems. The hosting capacity identifies the maximum amount of DERs that can be integrated into the distribution system without changing operations. In this project we are considering both traditional upgrade options and advanced control schemes to identify and optimize the best path for integrating higher levels of DERs. The goal is to look beyond just what is needed for the next DER system to interconnect to identify long-term options to reaching very-high penetration targets economically while ensuring reliable, high-quality electricity delivery.

Depending on background and interests, you would be either using these tools to simulate and analyze technical and techno-economic interactions among DERs and the distribution system, helping to program these next-generation software tools, or both. Interns are expected to develop at least one technical publication (conference or journal article) during their time at NREL.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


Preferred Qualifications


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