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Graduation Project: Estimating Sectoral Energy Service Efficiencies

  • Type Internship
  • Degree Master
  • Location Zoetermeer, NetherlandsHoutsingel 5ZoetermeerNLZoetermeer2719 EA
  • Posted
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  • INTERNEngineeringIT

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As a Graduate Intern at ORTEC you will be part of a unique organization and team!

Energy service and energy service efficiency are important concepts when attempting to understand the future demand for energy in the world. The recently published Shell Sky Scenario illustrates this well; rising incomes in developing regions drive global energy demand. This is moderated by significant efficiency improvements, leading to the increase in world energy consumption as indicated in the graph.

Understanding future trends in energy service efficiencies is crucial for understanding the total energy demand that will be required in the future. To achieve this goal, this research aims to provide a dataset of historical energy service efficiencies and a view of how they will look in the future to achieve this goal. The latter will be accomplished by the development of a mathematical model.

Source: Shell Analysis, Shell Sky Scenario

To capture all intricate aspects of energy service efficiency is an enormous task, both from a data collection perspective and the sheer scope of the problem. Therefore, we will focus on a single sector on a global scale. For this particular sector we will:

  • Collect historical data and review this against existing data. This data can potentially be noisy.
  • Create energy service efficiencies for future years. This will be done based on a model which should be developed during the project.
  • The model should include a geographical component, i.e. it should be able to be applied to a range of different countries.

Additionally, can this model be generic enough to extend this towards other sectors as well? Is there an overarching logic that can be applied to more, if not all, sectors?

How to tackle these challenges? First of all, how do we measure energy service efficiency? How do we determine its future values? How do we compare between different energy sectors? These are some of the questions that will require a solution during the project. You will be tasked with building a model that implements those and to validate that model. Moreover, you will be given the opportunity to communicate your findings to Shell subject matter experts.

The thesis project is conducted in collaboration with the Scenarios Team of Shell, located in The Hague. Their subject matter experts will be involved during the process.


If you are interested, we would like to receive your resume, motivation and grade list. You can send your application to If you want to know more about the possibilities or need more information, then please contact Gordon Boon (Recruiter).

 Who you are

  • You are a Master’s student in a relevant field of Econometrics, Mathematics, Engineering or comparable
  • Able to handle high complexity and work in a team,
  • Conscientious in staying abreast of new developments
  • You have a clear interest in (future) energy technologies and/or energy transition developments.
  • Passionate about IT, it’s not just your job
  • Able to fluently communicate in English (verbally and in writing).

 What we offer

  • Entrance to the most passionate powerhouse in applied mathematics
  • Join our movement and improve the world
  • Enjoy an open, kind and fun culture
  • Active employee association for fun activities with colleagues and content driven Young ORTEC for you to join
  • Football table, our own bar the “ORtap”, Christmas party, annual barbecue at one of our founders’ home, and much more
  • Excellent supervision during your graduation project
  • Good internship allowance and a laptop
  • Activities with all graduate students at ORTEC, like Friday afternoon drinks
  • Possibility to work as a Student Assistant next to your graduation project

What to expectWe help you to thrive in your field of expertise. We operate a flat organizational structure that keeps communication lines short. The atmosphere is open, informal, cooperative and positive. We employ over 900 people in the Netherlands (HQ), Belgium, Germany, France, the U.K., Romania, Italy, the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Poland and Denmark.

Visit our website to learn more about our solutions and clients’ experiences.

Acquisition as a result of this vacancy is not appreciated.

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