DC Opportunities R&D is a young start-up located within the company incubator YES!Delft. We focus on developing direct current (DC) solutions that respond to the current energy transition. In this broad context, DC Opportunities is working in various fields including solar home systems, rural electrification, electromobility, and end-user appliances.
The Project: Rural Electrification of Developing Countries
More than a billion people still lack access to electricity, which for most of us is a basic need. While access to electricity is not a solution to poverty, it is a necessary actuator. The most alarming amount of these people live in rural areas of developing countries. The challenges entailed in geographical obstacles together with limited and volatile resources result in the need to develop tailored solutions for these conditions. The goal of this project, therefore, is to develop a modular Solar Home System tailored for this application in order to provide a long-term reliable solution. The prototype of the modular SHS will be field-tested in the near future in Ethiopia during a pilot project.
The Internship: Server for log management
The rural electrification project is characterized by its modularity which enables a gradual instruction of electricity. In the first stage, users can purchase energy from a solar charging station located within a local kiosk. In the second stage, a power hub will be placed in the households. A WiFi module is included in the components of the SHS. These will forward the necessary data for monitoring and evaluation. A server will need to store this set of data for evaluation, logging and monitoring.
The internship will consist in developing a framework or web application based on Python and implementing a data-base server based on this framework. The server will be used for logging the data sent over the WiFi communication and providing a user-friendly interface for data monitoring premises. Although this application will be the basis for internal data monitoring of the SHS, this tool is also meant to be used in other projects.
- A background in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or similar.
- Experience in Web applications and frameworks
- Good understanding of Embedded Systems
- Familiar with Python, HTML
- Adaptable to work in an international environment
If you are interested in the internship or would like to learn more about the project send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org