Lightyear envisions a shift from traditional environment polluting vehicles to clean and affordable mobility. Its mission is to disrupt the electric car market by providing zero emission mobility for everyone, everywhere. The first offering is a zero emission solar electric car: The Lightyear One. The Lightyear One is the answer to the shortcomings of today’s electric vehicles. It is designed as an unplugged, energy independent car powered by the sun.
Since the Lightyear One is a solar car, it can produce energy instead of only consuming it. This allows several use cases that require grid feeding and grid forming services. Currently there are no commercially available on-board charger (OBC) which allows bi-directional power flow. To that end, Lightyear is building a bi-directional OBC capable of following and forming a grid that can add a lot of value to solar electric vehicles (SEVs).
Your personal mission
The goal of this assignment is to develop a V2X (vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-load) control strategy for the bi-directional OBC. The topology and the primary control of the different AC/DC and DC/DC stages are already fixed while charging the battery from the grid. You will investigate the optimal control strategy while discharging into the grid based on different grid conditions.
Requirements in order to achieve your personal mission
Be aware, being an intern at Lightyear isn’t just an internship. You’ll be approached as an actual engineer and that requires some skills and being able to take responsibility. Especially given the fact that you’ll join a scale-up where little is set in stone. Therefore, it’s key that you can relate to the following things:
What do we offer
In addition to a challenging (graduate) internship you also have the opportunity to work for a company with a real, honest and ambitious mission. In this way you have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the future of mobility! Next to this, we also offer:
At Lightyear we are building an electric car that charges itself. From our experience at Solar Team Eindhoven, we know this is only possible starting from scratch. At Lightyear we bring together a multidisciplinary team of highly motivated engineers, designers, and visionaries to challenge the status quo. Write the story with us!
"Lightyear is an exceptional team that puts together people from all over the world with the same goal of creating a meaningful positive impact in our society. I felt welcome from the very first day and working with such motivated engineers gives me the energy I need to do my best every day."
"Lightyear is een geweldig bedrijf om voor te werken. Het voelt voor mij meer als familie dan een werkgever. Klinkt misschien een beetje heftig, maar het is zo. Je maakt makkelijk vrienden op werk: iedereen is vriendelijk, behulpzaam en zo gemotiveerd om echt een verschil te maken in de wereld.”